Tag Archive | travel

Jet Setting

I just got back from Toronto where I visited a bunch of my favorite Canadians doing a show called Catch23.  It’s an improvised variety show/competition.  Kurt Smeaton hosted me, and we had a blast.  I’m going back up next Monday to catch Taz from Vancouver and Kevin Gillese from Edmonton.  They’re both totally fun and […]

Back in Rochacha

Been here for a few days.  Things are going pretty well.  I went to a Rochester Improv Community meeting last night and met some of the locals.  It was mostly members of local college troupes, but there were a few members of the more professional groups in town.  It was nice to start making the […]

On the road again.

Well, I’m leaving Portland on the 21st for a 14 week stint in NY.  It’s a mixed bag.  I feel like I’m stepping out just when some things are starting to ramp up here.  Theatersports is starting up again, and a new project that I’ve been involved in “Icarus” is going to do its first […]

Business Card reality.

So I’m leaving Portland soon for 14 weeks of field research.  I’m studying the wild long form improviser in its native habitat, an urban center.  I picked up my Portland State University business cards which read Brad Fortier Anthropologist I giggled a bit picturing myself in a pith helmet in Rochester finding an interpreter who […]

Cowboy Limbo

So I was stuck in Pendleton, OR (Home of the “Round Up”, the world’s fourth largest rodeo) over the 4th of July.  It’s about 200 miles east of Portland up in the high desert.  There’s a short in the wiring of my truck somewhere that won’t let me get more than 30 miles from anywhere.  […]

Out on my own.

Well, I’m setting my own deadlines on school work these days.  It’s disorienting suddenly realizing that I actually need to get to preparing my first serious ethnographic project.  I’ve got the next couple of weeks to firm up all of my ideas and methods for my research in Rochester this fall.  Then I have to […]

Seattle Int’l Improv Fest

So I was part of the Seattle Int’l Fest this year.  Usually this festival is challenging, fun, and even sublime in the caliber of work that comes out onstage.  It also usually has a fairly even spread of Europeans and Canadians to Americans.  That wasn’t the case this year. I did have a great time […]

I had forgotten

Dan and his fiance are expecting a child. All has gone well so far, I’ve laughed a lot, and I’ve been reminded of some doozy stories. Like the one where I cleared out Mrs. Kuhn’s junior Psychology class because of a terrible fart.  Mrs. Kuhn actually took the time to say from her podium before […]

A Gaming Wedding

This weekend in Iron Mountain, Michigan one of my buddies from high school is getting married.  Dan is a part of phase four of my role playing/video gaming life before I channelled all of that energy into improv.  Phase four took place from 1992-1995.  Phase one began in 1980 to give you some scope. When […]

Reflections on Amsterdam

Well, it’s back to normal life.  The week after a festival is always the hardest.  If it weren’t for the fact that the wonderful and handsome Rene Vega is arriving Friday for a long weekend visit, I’d be staring out a window longing for better days. I loved the whole Italian team.  I wanted to […]


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