This week I got to chat with one of my favorite improv teachers, Dwayne Colbert.
He’s a well known face around Second City between his classes, performances and shows but once upon a time there was no way Dwayne would get up and perform in front of people. It’s hard for those of us who know him as a performer to imagine, but he came into comedy as writer with zero intentions of doing what he’s so good at doing now.
We talk about his journey from writer to performer to Director, and what it’s been like to write and Direct comedic shows that deal with the things we don’t like to talk about - racism, police brutality and shade.
This conversation will make you laugh, bring awareness to a very real topic and inspire you to keep on doing your thing!
Listen to the end of the episode to catch and share Dwayne’s #UnpluggedCreativeChallenge with the community!
Where to find Dwayne:
Get tickets see Shade: A Colorful Musical Comedy at Second City Hollywood Feb 9 - April 27 (I’ve seen it, it’s fantastic!)
The book Dwayne mentions on the show is Art by Committee by Charna Halpern
And the sizzle reel for the show we talk about… Afros and Ass Whoopins
A little about Dwayne…
Dwayne is a graduate of Second City Hollywood’s Improv, Sketch Writing, Longform and Directing Programs. He is the writer/director of the highly praised musical comedy Afros & Ass Whoopins, which addresses police brutality, he has been a writer for Nickelodeon, has toured with The Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines, and has appeared on Tosh.0, Jimmy Kimmel: Live!, Baskets, Silicon Valley, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and in numerous national commercials. Dwayne writes, performs, directs and teaches
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