It was almost 10 years ago that I went to a comic-book/superhero themed improv show in New York called Ka-Baam!! It was run by Steve Wacker (who is now editor of the Spidey titles at Marvel) and featured amongst others Dan Raspler (who was then a bigwig editor at DC on titles I don't remember). It was a very fun show, and I had written it off as a unique but essentially unduplicatable experience, what with it being a limited run show and me being in Austin anyway.
Of course, then I got the announcement that from May 3rd through July 5th, at 8:00 PM every Saturday, Ka-Baam!! is being put on at the Hideout Theatre in Austin. $10 tickets right in my price range.
Problem being, Saturday (like Wednesday) is one of those days I pretty much can't take off from work. We do all our reordering, and taking a night off means major headaches for me and the manager and more work later, and much as I'd like to see the show again, I can't justify that.
But... if you're in the Austin area and have a fondness for superheroes... definitely check this show out. More info at www.hideouttheatre.com and kabaam.austinimprov.com. Press info below:
Ka-baam!!is four-color fantasy writ large and on-the-spot by a cast of Austin'smost heroic improv comedians. Every Saturday in May and June audience suggestions will inspire the origins and adventures of three never-before-seen heroes in a comic book story that will never be seenagain. Each week the Golden Age of comics returns with the deadliest ofvillains, most ridiculous of brawls and special guest comic bookartists every week to capture the action in pencil and ink.
Ka-Baam!! is the brain child of Steve Wacker, former editor at DCComics and current editor at Marvel Comics. After a four-year run inNew York City the show is being launched here in Austin and directed byAsaf Ronen who has been with the show since its inception. It is thecomic book crossover of the year -- even if you have no idea what acrossover is!
Created by Steve Wacker (editor, Marvel Comics), directed by Asaf Ronen (The Sickest F***ing Stories I Ever Heard) and featuring: Erik Adams, Kareem Badr, Kaci Beeler, Jon Clinkenbeard, Justin Davis, Roy Janik, Kacey Samiee, Audrey Sansom, Michael Thomas, and Jason Vines. Free comic books provided by Austin Books & Comics.