Boise’s Improv Cage Match set’s Boise ablaze.

The hazy sky’s over Boise caused by area fires can cause one to have caution about running, hiking or biking outside with moderate air quality levels.  But one place you definitely want to be indoors is Liquid Laughs this Friday to see theImprov Cage Match.  This hot cage match of comedy is pitting all available improv troupes against each other in a winner take all battle!  Well, on second thought, second place still gets a $1000 week contract at Liquid Laughs,Boise’s only comedy club.  With $3000 dollars in total winnings a trophy, bragging rights and an evening of some of Idaho’s funniest improvisers, why not attend!?

Check out the Facebook invite and get tickets ahead of time for either July 18th, 25th or the Final on Aug 1st.

 This Friday’s line up.

Sausage, Party of 5? VS. Comedy Sportz & Insert Foot VS. Script Tease.

Don’t miss the action!

Show starts at 8pm. show up early for good seating.

Location: Liquid Laughs Comedy Club
405 S 8th St # 110, Boise, ID 83702
Dates: July 11, 18, 25 & Aug. 1 @ 8PM
Tickets: $5 Call 208.941.2459

Troupes competing: ComedySportz Boise The Comedy Project Insert Foot Theatre Script Tease, and last years Winners Sausage, Party of Five?!!!

Judges: Megan Bryant, Neil Visser, Zach Davis, Jake Swenson

More in check out http://www.recycledmindsimprov.com/cagematchImprov cage match Hosted by Sean Hancock of Recycled Minds Improv

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Family email

Hello Everyone,

I hope this message finds you all very blessed and excited for summer and the new season of growth that comes with it. I am very excited to announce a little something…hope you’re sitting down.

I am engaged!

That’s right! My fiancé, Colleen Van Houwe, is an amazing young woman. We met on a missions trip almost four years ago in Spain, and as you can imagine, our friendship has grown quite wonderfully. 🙂 The date we are looking at is October 20th. When that is set in stone, we’ll let you know.

All my best to you.

Love, Sean

P.S. here is also a link to our website where you can see pictures of us and hear our story (available soon). seanandcolleen.weebly.com

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FINALLY AN UPDATE: What I have been up to.

I have been living back in Boise, Idaho for over a year’s time now.  Much has changed since my time traveling Europe, assisting with faith-based communities, working alongside non-profits and performing comedy.  After finishing my work as an assistant pastor here in Boise, I’ve now been pursuing the art form of Improvisation comedy as a career.  It’s something I have studied and worked at for over a decade. I love the creativity needed to make a successful improv show and even the community that it creates.  Many of you who read my post know about my love for improv and that I’ve been working alongside two dear friends and improvisers to make this career possible.

Last year, I met up with Stand-up Comedian Heath Harmison.  We worked together in a different improv group before pursuing something much different.  We both flew to Europe to perform with an international team (and my dear friends, many from Dusseldorf, Germany) in Scotland’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  

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Since our return, Heath and I along with Tim Pakutka (my long time friend and brilliant improviser) began rehearsing together.  The result was a resurrected Recycled Minds Improv.  Recycled Minds was an improv group that Tim and I where a part of some ten years ago.  This time around, RMI (Recycled Minds Improv) has a new look, a new motto and a vision for the future.  Our hope, pursuit and my prayer is to make this (art form) our business.  I hope that it becomes something that could provide for us and our families.  This is my latest endeavor, and I am blessed and honored to be journeying into this new adventure with a great team of like-minded individuals that refuse to conform to your everyday, run-of-the-mill comedy, but rather choose to be apart of a higher form of comedy, the type that challenges the audience and ourselves to make the best choices we can on and off stage.

This is an excerpt from a previous blog on the subject:  

“I have been practicing with my best efforts to produce a show that is upright and reputable.  It’s not about tripping up on perfection, but rather aiming for excellence.  Most people have seen comedians perform and can often see a bit of their own character oozing out of their performance.  This brings me to an awareness of my own character, perhaps the core of it all.  I believe the more I know myself, the more the audiences will get to see my character.  I hear people talking about doing shows that change the way people think, but [I often] don’t want to be anything like [those people]… If there was something about them that I, myself, wanted to imitate, then I’d love the idea of changing the way people think.  That’s part of the reason why my group’s name is Recycled Minds and our motto is, “Do not conform.  Be transformed.”  But, I think I have to first ask myself if I am a man worthy of imitating.  To do that, I have to see myself with objective, honest judgment.  The more you are aware of your own identity, the more you are aware of your abilities, what you can expect from the world around you, and what you can expect to give because of all you have to offer. This is aiming for excellence.  This is being who you are designed to be.  This is a higher form of comedy.

Interested in seeing quality improv in the Treasure Valley? Check out my new improv group Recycled Minds at recycledmindsimprov.com.

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MY NEW RMI BLOG!

HEY EVERYONE!
I am very excited to announce (to those of you who do not know  already)my latest project Recycled Minds Improv!

I am living here in Boise Idaho in the North Western United states and working at Improv Comedy professionally in the capital Northwestern City of Idaho.  It has been a challenge but very exciting! and I am looking forward to what the future holds.

To get more info please check out and click on the RSS feed at  http://www.recycledmindsimprov.com/blog.html

AND DON’T MISS MY PODCAST!! AWE THIS IS SO AWESOME!!! http://www.recycledmindsimprov.com/pod-cast.html

HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!

Most Sincerely,

SEAN HANCOCK

I love art!
I really love GOOD art.  I have been blessed enough to travel the world often doing art, and have seen my share of great art! Here on the RMI blog I would like to shed a little light on some talented pieces of visual work you can see right here in the Treasure Valley. Right down town. It’s amazing the talent it this awesome city.     This is the Treasure Valley baby! look around and see what gems there truly are.Whats your talent; and are you using it?

Do what you love.  And enjoy the process!

Sean Hancock of RMI

Check out RMI’s next Improv Comedy show @ Liquid JAN 12th.

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After getting back from Europe and performing improv

While traveling Europe, I was reminded of how wonderfully accessible of an art form Improvisation is to an audience.  I performed in large theaters, small community gatherings, and even a laundry mat!  However, being in countries like Germany and Spain, where English isn’t a primary language, made things very interesting.

I have been pursuing this art form for over a decade, and I love branching out and trying new things that challenge me.  Last year, I developed a solo improv show because there were many times when I would be alone, but still wanted to perform and do a show for an audience.  I had heard of another person doing one somewhere in Los Angeles, but I had never seen anyone do it.  After sitting in a friend’s apartment in North Hollywood and theorizing with some others, the possibility began to take shape.

I feel as though improv is so simple and hands-on, yet clever and inventive all at the same time….well, when done right.  The art form is almost still discovering itself.  I’d like to say I get to take part in this discovery.  I sometimes feel like a new pioneer pressing westward and this place before me is my land.  I can pass through it, or I can build on it.  It’s as if I have some sort of ownership of this art form as if it where my very own. Being in this mental state of discovery and willingness to venture, can allow one to develop a show that few have ever done, invent games that have never been performed, and play in a way that transcend language barriers.  To an improviser… this is all possible.

I have been practicing with my best efforts to produce a show that is upright and reputable.  It’s not about tripping up on perfection, but rather aiming for excellence.  Most people have seen comedians perform and can often see a bit of their own character oozing out of their performance.  This brings me to an awareness of my own character, perhaps the core of it all.  I believe the more I know myself, the more the audiences will get to see my character.  I hear people talking about doing shows that change the way people think, but if I don’t want to be anything like them, why should I listen?  Now, if there is something about them that I, myself, want to imitate, then I love the idea of changing the way people think.  That’s part of the reason why my group’s name is Recycled Minds and our motto is, “Do not conform.  Be transformed.”  But, I think I have to first ask myself if I am a man worthy of imitating.  To do that, I have to see myself with objective, honest judgment.  The more you are aware of your own identity, the more you are aware of your abilities, what you can expect from the world around you, and what you can expect to give because of all you have to offer. This is aiming for excellence.  This is being who you are designed to be.  This is a higher form of comedy.

Since I have been back in the United States, I have been performing in Boise and the Nampa-Caldwell area. While there may not be any comedy clubs, there’s still an abundance of laughter to be had, a space to perform in for audiences to enjoy, and I’m glad I’m here to help out!

Interested in seeing quality improv in the Treasure Valley? Check out my new improv group Recycled Minds at recycledmindsimprov.com.

We are now offering classes in improvisation and stand up comedy. Sign up and start your adventure!

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Don not conform to the patterns of this world…. be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

Do what you Love.
Love what you do.

In improv, and in life. Our goal is to be the best we can at what we do, so our audience can be the best at what they do…and that is to listen, observe, interact, and enjoy.

It’s simple.
It’s Great fun.

It’s life.

Why not enjoy it to the full?

This is the new thing I’m doing…

check it out.

recycledmindsimprov.com

Do not conform. Be transformed

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Bound for Scotland

Only a few short days before Heath Harmison and I head to Edinburgh, Scotland during the world’s largest performance arts festival, the Edinburgh Frindge Festival.

I am so thankful.  Remarkably, this will be my third consecutive year.  It doesn’t make sense…

Heath and I will be performing a duo improv piece.

For more info on the Fringe and what I have done there in the past, click here:   http://wp.me/pv4cR-4Y

Stand by for more to come….

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Boise Improv JAM

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Tuesday, August 9 · 7:00pm – 9:30pm

What is Improv? It’s when theatricality, imagination, and ALL that is magical become one. Stated simply? There are no scripts! You may have heard of the t.v. show “Whose Line Is It Anyway”, or Drew Carey’s new “Improv-a-ganza”. Improvisational comedy is an art form that uses off the cuff imagination. It’s a great way to quickly impact people’s lives by letting loose, trusting others, and embracing creativity.

Workshop 7-8pm

Improv JAM, 8-9:30pm: A lively and welcoming improv show with audience participation! The volunteers will be guided through a variety of scene games with real-time coaching by professionally trained improv instructors Sean Hancock and Tim Pakutka. All are welcome to play. Whether you are bran-spankin’ new, or a seasoned improvisor, it’s a great place to be creative and learn from each other. Please note: all performers are urged to be respectful, and honor the audience and themselves as this is an all-ages show.

“This is a safe place. I dare you to imagine…be bold and feel free to fall, because we are here to pick each other back up. We are here to break outside of ourselves and to overcome boundaries.” -Sean Hancock

for more info… or questions on Improv in Boise write Sean at  seanhancock25@gmail.com

How can I give?

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Joy in the morning

The morning of my road trip with My buddy Heath down to WY began with a masterful peice of art. The sunrise.
I would never say I am a morning person, but when the sun is first sneaks over the mountains…i am a sucker for it, like a nat drawn to a bug light!
More to come on this story…

To be continue…

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Boise’s Comedy Calander

Monday

Boise Improv Jam 

Workshop 7-8pm

Improv JAM, 8-9:30pm: A lively and welcoming improv show with audience participation! The volunteers will be guided through a variety of scene games with real-time coaching by professionally trained improv instructors Sean Hancock and Tim Pakutka. All are welcome to play. Whether you are bran-spankin’ new, or a seasoned improvisor, it’s a great place to be creative and learn from each other. Please note: all performers are urged to be respectful, and honor the audience and themselves as this is an all-ages show.

SUNDAY

Comedy at the Balcony

Sunday, July 17 8:00p to 10:00p
at The Balcony, Boise, ID

Weekly Comedy show at the Balcony Club featuring local and professional comedians with a $50 bar tab going to the audience favorite every week. Show starts at 8PM, with sign-ups at 7:30. All shows hosted by Mikey Pullman.

Upcoming headliners:
Gabe Dunn 7/10
Jen Adams 7/17
Sherry Japhet 7/24

Price: Free
Phone: 208-353-8357 (Mikey Pullman)
Age Suitability: 21 and up
Category: Comedy
Creator:  MikeyPullman

up coming….

Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion Summer Love Tour

Friday, Aug 26 7:00p
at Eagle River Pavilion, Eagle, ID
Price: $39.50 general, $59.50 reserved, $99.50 VIP.
Phone: ICTickets, 442-3232
Age Suitability: None Specified
Categories: Performing Arts, Comedy
Creator:  Idaho Statesman
Creator:  Idaho Statesman

Read more: http://events.idahostatesman.com/eagle-id/events/show/180762565-garrison-keillors-a-prairie-home-companion-summer-love-tour#ixzz1SCgmbzlU

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