The Third Thought is dedicated to creating truthful long form improv. Since forming in 2011 through a random series of incidents, the Third Thought has been celebrating the randomness of life at venues including the Del Close Marathon, American Stage, Coconut's Comedy Club.The Third Thought brings something new and different to Tampa Bay as one of the region's only long-form improv groups.
"My job is to beat the funny out of you….people are putting way to much pressure on themselves to be funny, be clever to give the quick come back….. Go with the connection first and the dialog will flow out."
Jimmy Carrane, original member of Annoyance Theater and Jazz Freddy, quoted on Kevin Mullaney’s Improv Resource Center.
We performed on the same bill as The Second Thought from Ocala, Florida, and their short-form set was awesome!
We had a great show, and it was so much fun really entertaining the crowd. Thank you so much to everyone who made it out! If you couldn’t make it up to O-Town, here’s the video of our performance, complete with 40 year-old-virgins, cussing high school teachers unions, America’s Next Top Child Bride and all!
Every show, as a group, The Third Thought picks a person to dedicate the evening’s performance to. It serves as inspiration for our work, challenging us to be better performers and better people. We’ve done Del Close, Bob Saget and Richard Simmons.
Last night we dedicated the show to the Black Eyed Peas. Each cast member silently picked a Pea to be for the show and held it inside to inform an inspire our work. We told no one who we were, and just kept it for ourselves.
When the show was over, we revealed who we were to the other members of the group. We learned that all o the boys were will.i.am and all of the girls were Fergie. Because really, are there even any other members of the Black Eyed Peas even?
Comedy nerds know Del Close as the hugely influential father of long-form improv. Every year, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York hosts a weekend-long marathon to keep Close’s memory alive and kicking in the minds of younger comics.
The 13th annual Del Close Marathon took place last weekend in New York. It featured artists and improv groups like Horatio Sanz, Derrick Comedy, writers from the Colbert Report … and Tampa Bay’s own long-form improv troupe The Third Thought.
On Sunday, September 18th, long-form improv group The Third Thought will return to American Stage to perform in the Sunday Night Comedy Series presented by Ricky Wayne. The group performed at the venue previously in May, and will be performing a completely unique, completely unscripted show consisting of two half-hour improv sets.
Founded in 1977, American Stage’s mission is to create the most satisfying live theatre in the Tampa Bay area, accessible to all members of the community. American Stage has won Best Theatre Company in Creative Loafing’s Best of the Bay Awards 12 years in a row, and by Tampa Bay Magazine’s Best of the Bay Awards eight years in a row. More information is available at www.americanstage.org.
The show is will take place on Sunday, September 18th at 8:00 p.m. at American Stage (163 Third Street North, Downtown St. Petersburg). Tickets are pay-what-you can at the door ($5 - $15 recommended) or $15 in advance. The event is sponsored by ABC Bicycles. More information is available at http://www.americanstage.org/THE-THIRD-THOUGHT-IMPROV.php
Last year, I weirdly decided to make my own type of NaSkeWriMo. The goal I had for myself was to write 20 sketches, in a week. The thing I found hard in that week wasn’t actually writing, or coming up with beats of a sketch or finding the time. The thing I found hard was actually coming up…
…with what? You’ll have to click through to find out!
Starting tonight, we will be performing at Coconut’s Comedy Club at Jack’s Joint (2950 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd, Clearwater - near Ceviche) at 8:00 p.m.Tickets are $5 - get two for the price of one when you mention this blog post.