Middleditch & Schwartz

Middleditch & Schwartz ★★★★

The danger — and therefore the thrill — of improv is that it all exists, from start to finish, completely in the moment. It’s a hyper-speed version of the normal artistic process of comedic performance — brainstorming, composing, and presentation — just without any room for revision. Everything you do, every choice you make, every joke you lob out into the ether... either lands or it doesn’t. It’s born and it dies in the time it takes to deliver, then its legacy is decided and forgotten on the spot. I say all that to say these two things — (1) improv is extremely fun to do, and (2) I would never, under any circumstances, want to do improv for a taped Netflix special, because that is some next-level death-wish dare-devil shit.

In conclusion, Middleditch & Schwartz is excellent improv by excellent improvisers. Most of it lands, some of it doesn’t, and that’s honestly the very best you can hope for.

[📽: Netflix]

[No. 91 /// 2020]

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