[“Geeking Out with…” is a series of interviews with well-known, highly experienced improvisers. It’s a chance to talk about stuff that might interest only hardcore, improv dorkwads like me. You can find the complete “Geeking Out with…” series here and at the Women in Comedy Festival blog.]
If you’re an improviser, you probably know who Joe Bill is. After all, Joe Bill is an improv legend. If you’re one of the lucky many, you’ve taken a workshop with him. And if you’re among the luckiest of the lucky, you can call Joe a friend. Joe Bill has been an improv comedian for over thirty years with a resume that makes me wish I had been living in his front shirt pocket since the mid-80s. I am going to wimp out on using this meager paragraph to sum up his illustrious comedy career thus far (but more on that later); however, I will tell you how you can see him now. A founder of The Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, Joe now performs at iO Theater with The Deltones and The Armando Diaz Experience. He and Mark Sutton generously travel the festival circuit performing BASSPROV, a show that marks a cornerstone of the improv world. Look, I’m not going to bullshit you and hide the fact that I’m a Joe Bill fan. It was a distinct pleasure interviewing the man I think of as the foremost Philosopher of Improv Comedy. I hope this first of three-part geek out session with Joe Bill is as good for you as it was for me.
|Mr. Joe Bill|
improviser, teacher, lesbian