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Think Fast on Oprah Winfrey Network's Life with La Toya

July 06, 2014 1:23 AM
Posted by Aaron
A few months ago I got a call from Linda Q. at the production company that makes Life with La Toya, she said La Toya Jackson would like to take a class from us. I asked her why and she said that La Toya liked the happy pictures on the Mr Aaron Presents website and wanted to know if we had an improv comedy class that weekend, she actually said "improv comedy class". With Rory and Larissa out of town I called David and asked if he was comfortable teaching the Short Form class, and of course he said yes. With that we coincidentally had a Short Form Improv classes on whatever day she was here. I called Linda back and accepted the offer. We gathered Think Fast and fellow improvisers together on a sunny Saturday afternoon, got Loading Zone set up, got the cameras setup, learned I greatly unlike having a mic on me because I can't move around, and they probably have a soundcheck recording of 'Potato' that sits on a cutting room floor.

With everything ready La Toya arrived, said "Hi" to everybody, then jumped in the circle. David and myself, being goofy, had decided we would play "Where's my finger been" and "T-Rex Tag" as warm ups, that later got on the show. In "Where's my finger been?" La Toya listened to the instructions, had no hesitation, and nailed it. I really wish they put her reaction to Marcus Landsberg when she gave him the location of 'Japanese Gay Pride Store' and he started speaking flawless Japanese.

Then we played "T-Rex Tag", she was giggling the whole time and helped prove that I am indeed the slowest person ever at that game.  We also discovered that John Waihee IV is now the best at that warmup.

In every exercise she dominated the stage with the sweetest disposition I have ever seen. Aside from it being Saturday afternoon and the awkwardness of a production crew behind us it was a regular Short Form Improv class. La Toya held her own with her scene partners, even kept up with an exceptional performance by John Mustache in "New Choice".

While the reality is we will probably never see her again, I wouldn't hesitate to put her in with Think Fast for a second, she's a powerful presence and a natural improviser. Before she was rushed off to get ready for a luau, I left her with 2 philosophies to take from improv; "Don't be afraid of vulnerability, it's your true strength." (Jonathan Pitts), and just say "Yes, and". Her best friend purposed to her the next day. She got married this summer.

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