Stella Tour Kicks Off This Sunday in Philly
So we are only four days away from starting our Winter ’08 Stella tour, which is very exciting although I think it’s a fair question to ask whether or not we will be ready. As it is, the script is written, suits are pressed, flights reserved, hotels booked, poker rooms scouted, pubes trimmed. But most of the material is brand new and so there will probably be a substantial learning curve with it as we head out. There is also a fair chance that during one of the early shows we will be on stage and have no idea what comes next. That could be terrible or terrific. The thing about Stella shows is that, when they are good, they appear improvisational, as if everything you are seeing we are making up on the spot. When Stella shows are great, it’s because we really are making up lots of stuff, and then combining it with the existing material so that the show you are seeing is unique. Doing that, however, requires either a certain ease with the material or a complete lack of ease with it. Seeing us flail around can be a lot of fun, although from a performer’s point of view, I would rather be in control than out of it. It’s the same as watching NASCAR: yes, it’s pleasurable to watch great drivers race each other but it’s equally, or possibly more, pleasurable to see them crash. You can expect a fair amount of crashes from us starting this Sunday.
(Pictured: Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain this Sunday in Philadelphia)
Buy Tickets: PHILADELPHIA - Keswick Theater w/ Eugene Mirman