I saw the Armando Show at IO West last night. It was an awesome roller coaster of improv comedy; I laughed so much my lungs hurt.
The first monologist or ‘Armando’ was Kate Walsh who talked about her new house, her wedding, and her father. The second Armando was Robert Ben Garant who ended up using my suggestion of balls (a la Balls of Fury, which he directed).
During the first monologue, Ed sat offstage in the audience and was about a foot right in front of me. It was quite exhilarating. After the monologues, the scenes came a flying.
Angela and Ed played a secret mafia of twelve year olds. Ed was an expert assassin in the art of martial weapons and Angela was the leader. Kate Flannery played a wife with dehydrated hands and various birds. At one point she jumped off the stage as a bird who was hit by a plane.
The plane, of course, was filled with cocaine and driven by Angela. Ed eventually tried to pull her over as a cop plane.
Oscar played the Best Mariachi Character Ever, who Angela continually scolded for not playing enough songs like cucaracha, guantanemara, and grande quesadilla. Instead, Oscar played pop music because he wanted to audition for American idol.
The action was fast and furious all night long. TWSS!
There were so many moving bodies, sometimes I was a little scared for Angela, but she held her own. I was really impressed by the variety of her voices, which included a lisping child, a Midwestern mom, a Mexican worker, and her classic Texan accent.
The rest of the cast was phenomenal as well. Mo Collins was another guest improviser and her physical comedy is phenomenal. I didn’t stay after to meet and chat with the cast because I had to be somewhere. Overall, a great night of improv that packed the house and left the audience gasping for breath.