"...Eight committed players will be improvising right from happy hour Friday to the breakfast bell Sunday. That's 40 hours straight: no naps, no dinner breaks, no sitting out a spell – just solid improv for one and two-thirds days, with a different format every hour (Improvised Shakespeare! Soap Opera! After School Improv! Start Trekkin'!) and an assortment of guests (McNichol and May! ColdTowne! ComedySportz! Midnight Society!) dropping by to share in the madness undertaken by Parallelogramo-phonograph's Kareem Badr and Kaci Beeler, Junk's Andy Crouch and Troy Miller, Available Cupholders' Jeremy Lamb, Improvised Shakespeare's Curtis Luciani, Improv for Evil's Matt Pollock, and Topanga's Caitlin Sweet...."
"...Lamb: Andy Crouch...."
"...I tried it for the first time a couple of weeks ago, thanks to Hideout manager Andy Crouch's stealthy "Hey, Whatever Gets Us More Media Exposure" policy. And, OK, I've been onstage a time or two, I've assayed my share of off-the-cuff badinage in the Rock & Roll Rental spotlights..."
"...The program is a project of the new Austin Improv Co-op, a yet-to-be nonprofit organization that seeks to channel the energies of the currently burgeoning improv scene. "Austin's improv scene has been through cycles," says Andy Crouch, founder of the co-op; artistic director of Heroes of Comedy, the house troupe for the Hideout; and, conveniently, the Hideout's manager..."
"...In bringing together improvisers with that kind of attitude and level of experience, Janik and Big Bash co-director Andy Crouch hope to create a show that's "professional and accessible," with perhaps more "polish" than the usual fare. "We want The Big Bash to be a 'sure bet,'" says Janik, "something that you 'have to do' when you come to Austin." Which should not be equated with playing it safe, Janik insists..."
"...He's done it for a long time. Andy Crouch, the longtime teacher and education director at the Hideout, always wanted to get him down here, but I guess it wasn't until Roy [Janik] and Jessica [Arjet] and I took over that we had the money and the resources to do it."..."
"...The results may not always set a new standard for theatre, but at their best they can amaze like nothing else. Andy Crouch, a longtime improviser and founder of the new Austin Improv Co-op, says that at the Out of Bounds Festival, "I always see at least one or two troupes that blow my mind a little bit."..."
"...Andy Crouch, Andrea Young, Ted Rutherford, and Troy Miller. These four improvisers are collectively known as "Junk," but which of several meanings might they be implying? Junk, as in the small boat of Chinese origin? Junk, as in the stuff that Fred and Lamont Sanford used to sell between visits from Grady or Aunt Esther? Junk, like the dope that William Burroughs so famously pumped into his veins? Junk, as in what Ray Smuckles paid to get himself hoisted up by that one time?..."
"...It’s true: Upstairs, in the theatre run by that venue’s talented cadre of improvisers, some of the performers, male and female, are doffing their duds in the middle of a show. And sometimes? Sometimes the audience – at least some of the audience – is joining them. WTF, indeed. “You can blame Andy Crouch [of the Austin Improv Collective],” says Marc Majcher, who recently directed (and appeared in) one of the Live Nude Improv gigs. “Andy wanted to do something really risky and transgressive after attending the Rude Mechs’ production of Dionysus in ‘69. Risky, both in the sense of the physical nudity and emotional intimacy, and in blowing out the process of putting together the show itself.” And what about – the audience? “Oh, it's completely audience-interactive,” says Majcher, grinning. “We take out the seats and risers from the theater, and the show’s performed in the round.” So Andy Crouch was really inspired by that Dionysus in ‘69 – “Exactly” says Majcher. “The pretense is that everyone, audience included, is there as part of the first rehearsal for a new play..."
"...While Austin boasts so many improvisational comedy troupes you probably couldn't count them on 10 hands, it most likely can only boast one that was created because of an improvisation: Improv for Evil. "Most of us went through the Hideout school," says Marc Majcher (pronounced "may-chur"), one of IFE's founding members, "and after our graduation show, we went out to dinner with our instructor, Andy Crouch..."
"...For the most part, the Hideout's company acquits itself well enough through the tumultuous romances of Benedick and Beatrice, and Hero and Claudio. The performances are uneven – some, like Mike Ferstenfeld's turns as both Borachio and Balthasar, are surprisingly natural, while others, like Andy Crouch's Antonio, seem unable ever to look past the joke that an improv troupe is doing Shakespeare – but the production hits most of the notes well..."
"...Batman, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, et al. have been adapted and their legends retold frequently enough that they're in the cultural consciousness, and the Hideout's cast, led by co-directors Kaci Beeler and Andy Crouch, seems to include both neophytes and experts among the performers...."
"...They've also been surprised by the audience's willingness to dive so deeply into these stories. "The audience response to the mixture of comic and dramatic improvisation has been nothing less than mind-blowing," says improviser Andy Crouch..."
"...And that was just as true in the final hour. Even when the eight who had gone the distance – Kareem Badr, Kaci Beeler, Matt Pollock, Curtis Luciani, Jeremy Lamb, Andy Crouch, Troy Miller, and Caitlin Sweet – could see the finish line and punchiness occasionally overtook them, they remained in top form, playing off whatever happened – hearing a baby's cry in the audience during a scene in a space station, they made it a "space nursery" – and building a cohesive story of various threads that they pulled together in dazzling fashion..."
"...Three scene regulars who cut their improv teeth on classes at the Hideout have acquired the venue in order to keep that heart of Austin improv beating. Jessica Arjet of the Flying Theater Machine and Kareem Badr and Roy Janik of Parallelogramophonograph are the new owners, and with support from Michael McGill, Andy Crouch, and Kaci Beeler, they have plans to make the Hideout an even more active improv center..."
"...Polite Society Presents... improv on the edge of disaster commandeered by Andy Crouch (We Could Be Heroes, Ed 32)..."
"...Case in point: Marathoner J.R. Zambrano, who had taken on the role of Chorus for one scene and was providing the exposition when non-Marathoner Andy Crouch challenged him to deliver the rest of it in rhyme, and he did it without breaking a sweat..."
"...And with the unpredictable David Koechner (The Office, Anchorman) in the mix, anything can happen. They take the stage at SRT Sunday at 9pm, following Danger! Warning! Improv!, the two-man improvised James Bond film by Austin's Andy Crouch and Troy A..."
"...The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival has come and gone, leaving in its wake a scattered community of local performers only now beginning to pay back their massive sleep debts. Seven nights of impromptu antics can take a toll on the most robust of humans, so we won't be surprised to see the Austin Improv Collective's Andy Crouch lurching zombielike across the cityscape or Kaci Beeler of Parallelogramophonograph crashed on a street-side bench, Available Cupholders' Ace Manning mumbling incoherently in an alleyway or Jason Vines of Improv for Evil in nothing but a frock coat, tied halfway up a lamppost..."
"...The Hideout Theatre (recently taken over by the improv triumvirate of Roy Janik, Kareem Badr, and Jessica Arjet) has been offering classes since 1999, with a curriculum based on the work of Canadian improv guru Keith Johnstone – author of the influential Impro for Storytelling and creator of Theatresports – whose methods often explore the acting out and negotiation of status roles. This school is presided over by Andy Crouch, Improvised Shakespeare star and founder of the all-encompassing Austin Improv Collective..."