by Lauren Levine
It’s almost that time again! Obviously, the most wonderful time of the year, Dallas Comedy Festival (DCF) kicks off on Tuesday, March 22. To help you put together your festival schedule, we want to make sure you get to know as many of the fabulous out-of-town acts as possible that will be dropping into Dallas Comedy House.
The late 1990s was a magical time filled with Nokia brick phones, 12 oz. cans of Surge paired with a slice of pizza, rollerblades, beepers, and, of course, inflatable furniture. It was a time spent listening to Kid Rock on CD Walkmans and hitting up strangers in AOL chatrooms. All in all, it was a damn good time. And, when it comes to good times, The Late 90s improv team knows a thing or two. Awarded “Best Harold Team” at iO Chicago for two years, The Late 90s (Cat Abood, Bill Cochran, Ollie Hobson, Katie Klein, Dan MacAvoy, Scott Morehead, Clayton Margeson, Scott Nelson, Vince Portacci, and John Sabine) always bring the fun, the energy, and a little bit of crazy to the improv stage. These improv dynamos are able to seamlessly weave ingenious and ludicrous scenes together using strong callbacks and unwavering side support. When they aren’t busy being the best at The Harold or preparing for Dallas Comedy Festival 2016, The Late 90s are a humble group who reminisce over the good old days of Tamagotchi and Netscape Navigator.
First, congratulations on being awarded "Best Harold Team" at iO Chicago for two years. That's awesome! Since you guys are fancy-pants award winners, and winners know a thing or two about being the best at things, what qualities do you think make an improv team a "best" team?
John Sabine: Oh, we have no idea. We won it three years in a row and we are convinced it was a three-year fluke. We’re probably more qualified to win “Above Average Harold Team.”
For people not familiar with you, how would you describe your performance style? What is something one might expect to see at a Late 90s show?
JS: We started out as a Harold Team, but now we do tend to do more scenic pieces. Lately we have been starting our shows with a group scene, which can be a little different.
From Fresh Prince to Lisa Frank and Saved by the Bell PSAs, it's fair to say the 90s were a pretty rad decade. What is something you miss from the 90s and think we should totally bring back?
JS: The Glass-Steagall Act. Kidding! The 90s were amazing. Personally, I would love to bring back rollerblades, JNCOs, and Crystal Pepsi. Oh, I’d also bring back Stefan Urquelle but not Steve Urkel.
What are you most excited for at this year's Dallas Comedy Festival?
JS: I am excited to see all of the different teams and stand-ups from around the country perform. It’s such a great place. I am excited for others to get to perform there. It is going to be a really fun weekend!
Now it's time to pull out your pantomimed and improvised “Best Harold Team” award acceptance speeches. Using 90s' song lyrics, take this time to say a little something to the fans and each other.
JS: “You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere
Anyplace is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose
Maybe we’ll make something
Me, myself, I got nothing to prove.”
The Late 90s perform March 25 at 9 p.m. with CUPCAKE and KAREN and on March 26 at 9 p.m.with Roadside Couch and Photobomb.
Lauren Levine is currently a Level 4 student at DCH. When she is not trying to come up with witty things for this blog, she is a freelance writer and editor, an amateur photographer, a Zumba-enthusiast, a dog lover, and an 80s movie nerd. In addition, she enjoys all things Muppet-related, the smell after a rainstorm, and people with soft hands.