What makes your team unique?
Left for Dead is a Rochester-based comedy group of seven performers, ages 50 and up. We are believed to be one of the only improv troupes for seniors in America. We are all stunningly good-looking and extremely hip. We were all alive when Elvis was drafted into the army, the Beatles were guests on the Ed Sullivan Show, and Neal Armstrong walked on the moon. These common life experiences give us a unique perspective, and we draw from them in our scene work. Our group performs at assisted living centers, cafes, and theaters around Upstate New York.
Do you know what games / forms you plan on doing for the festival?
We will be debuting our new long form format, which has a lot to do with dead people!
How long has your team been working together?
We've been enjoying each other's company, “Early Bird Specials,” and Centrum Silver since the fall of 2011.
What life lessons do you think there are to be learned from improv?
You're never too old to play! Since much younger people usually do improv, we feel a different connection within our group. We are not trying to prove anything to anyone; we just want to improve our own little piece of the world. Also, like life, improv can be exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. When you do it well, you get offstage as high as a kite.
Left for Dead kicks off the Thumbs UPstate Improv Festival on Friday, April 5. You should like them on Facebook.
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