The finer art of Transcription.

Since returning to Portland, I’ve fallen into transcribing the 45 hours or so of one-on-one interviews I compiled during my fieldwork studying the improv scene of Rochester, NY.  When I look at the numbers, it seems daunting.  When I look at how much time I have before I absolutely need to have a job, itContinue reading “The finer art of Transcription.”

Collaboration Celebration

As my time in Rochester winds to a close, I’m becoming romantic and reflective. Nate Halloran and I just finished a short run of shows by knocking it out of the park last night to a great crowd.  We ended up pushing a piano out onto the stage on a whim before the show, andContinue reading “Collaboration Celebration”

Favorite quote from an audience interview.

Ok.  So I’m in the midst of doing interviews of audience members from Improv shows out here.  Here’s a great one from the voice of the uninformed and uninitiated about suggestions.  This was this guy’s first “professional” improv show he had ever seen.  “I like it when they don’t take those suggestions like ‘gynecologist’ andContinue reading “Favorite quote from an audience interview.”

Murphy’s Law of field research

No matter how prepared you think you are… I got to my first show to observe/record.  I brought my video camera, my questionnaires, pencils, notebooks, pens and a digital recorder. I’m setting up my camera, and I realize that I forgot a video tape.  Shit, but oh well I’ve got my digital recorder. The showContinue reading “Murphy’s Law of field research”

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 whoContinue reading “Business Card reality.”