The Pappy Parker Players of Binghamton are, to the best of my knowledge, the only group attending the festival named after a chicken dish. So they have that going for them. Corrections from other chicken-named groups may be left in the comments. In any case, I sat down with Tim Crawley via "the internet" so he could answer these questions.
Q: Why is this improv troupe different from all other improv troupes?
A: The Pappys are set apart from all other improv groups because of our hip style, phat moves, and dope comedy (kids still use adjectives like that right?) (Editor's note: our sources say yes, yes they do).
Q: You have remained the only improv troupe on Binghamton's campus for almost 20 years now. How have you managed that?A: A lot, and I mean a LOT, of physical violence. But seriously I think one of the reasons we've managed to stay the only all-comedy comedy group on campus is because we have always promoted our auditions as being a very fun, stress-free environment and that we all want to be friends with everyone that tries out. So hopefully people aren't walking out of them thinking we're dicks and want to start underground groups to fight us.
Q: Any favorite games you like to play? Do you ever dabble in long form?A: Personally, I'm a big fan of the less gimmicky games that are less structured and have less rules, like Ding Pardon and Fast Forward Rewind. For the past couple of years we have been doing a lot more long form, we use it in almost every practice as a way to warm up and a long-form section has become tradition for our own shows.
Q: Any horror stories of shows gone horribly wrong? A: It's not often that we turn down shows, so we can get involved with some pretty silly things. We once performed at a Health Fair on campus that was in the middle of the afternoon that only 4 of our members could attend. We were in the middle of a gym that was filled with booths and people walking around and talking, so nobody could hear us at all and nobody cared. Except for three girls who came to the fair just to see us perform, that was nice of them. And there were two old people there who were surprisingly entranced, so that was also nice. Q: Tell us about how awesome your alumni are. Don't be shy. Our alumni are very awesome, they have been so helpful and involved with the group's development and growth even after they've gone on to bigger and better things. A big thanks for inviting the Pappys to Syracuse!
The Pappy Parker Players will perform at the Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival on Friday, April 8. Check out their facebook page. They've got their picture taken with Snooki.