Orange Tuxedo in The Portland Mercury

Orange Tuxedo is back performing at – the Stumptown Improv Fest (a favorite!) this August. Final details will be available soon. In the meantime, check out The Portland Mercury article for a blurb on the fest HERE.

"From the above list, we're most excited about seeing LA's Dasariski (considered to be one of the best improv groups in the nation), Vancouver, BC's Hip.Bang (an award-winning duo that's whip-smart, fast on their feet, and absurd as all get out), and the return of the beloved Orange Tuxedo (Craig and Carla Cackowski) and Summerland who both killed it at last year's fest."

The Junto Presents

I recently recorded a podcast for The Junto Presents called, "The Axman Trail". It's a fantasy radio drama and I play a character named Sally Ann Whirlwind.

Check it out HERE

The Junto Presents Episode 8 "The Axman Trail". 

This week, Dave and Rob come to you from the Franklin Manor Trophy Room with an old hunting story. In an alternate universe where the heroes of America's tall tales and legends once walked the earth, awful beasts now threaten to annihilate what remains of the human race. In a lonely camp on the edge of the wilderness, a forgotten legend aims to fight the monsters and ensure her name is remembered.

Orange Tuxedo on JoCo Cruise in March!

Orange Tuxedo has been invited to perform by friends Paul and Storm on the 2017 JoCo Cruise. We will be doing some improv shows with our pals from Thrilling Adventure Hour - Janet Varney, Mark Gagliardi, Hal Lublin, and more! www.jococruise.com

From the website...

JoCo Cruise 2017 is a full-ship charter, seven night cruise aboard Holland America Line’s ms Westerdam, with music, comedy, and other performances and events from Jonathan Coulton and friends. Since the first JoCo Cruise sailed in 2011, it’s become a popular vacation choice for technophiles, tabletop gamers, and creative-minded people of all stripes. It departs from San Diego on Saturday, March 4, 2017 and returns Saturday, March 11, 2017, and visiting Cabo San Lucas, Loreto, and Bahia Magdalena, Mexico.

Teaching a Long Form Master Class at Second City in 2017!

LONG FORM MASTER CLASS: CLOSE QUARTERS
This course is taught by Carla Cackowski
You’ll immerse yourself in the popular long form “Close Quarters.” Build ensemble and group mind as you master this exciting long form which explores the different characters and relations taking place at the same time in one single location. There will be two performances in this level.
•Tuesdays, March 7-April 25 • $296 REGISTER HERE

SPONTANEANATION

I did a new episode of "Spontaneanation" with Paul F Tompkins! Check it out here: http://www.earwolf.com/episode/warehouse/

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes every single person on Earth and in space to this week’s episode of Spontaneanation! This week, Paul’s special guest is hilarious actor/improviser Eugene Cordero of Other Space and Kong: Skull Island! They chat whether silent films had to be pitched in the ’20s,  what was behind Eugene’s childhood fear of heights, and ’90s R&B. Paul is then joined by Tim Baltz, Carla Cackowski, and Amanda Lund to improvise a story set in a Warehouse. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!

Orange Tuxedo Has a Website!

Upcoming Tour Dates, Workshops, and videos of past shows are now in one place! https://orangetuxedoimprov.com/

Orange Tuxedo (Los Angeles, CA) is a two person improv show from a husband and wife team who, collectively, have been doing improv for seven hundred years. In this show they aim to create grounded relationships formed by eccentric characters. Craig teaches improvisation at iO West, Carla teaches at The Second City in Hollywood. If you like comedy, you may have seen Craig wear various mustaches and costume pieces on Comedy Central’s Drunk History. If you like drunken history, you may have seen Carla drink various beers on Instagram. They perform regularly at The Second City in Hollywood and recently traveled to Austin for the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (2015), SF Sketchfest (San Francisco, 2016), Phoenix Improv Festival (2016), Del Close Marathon (NYC, 2016), Stumptown Improv Fest (Portland, 2016), Detroit Improv Festival (2016), and IF Cincinnati (2016).

Photography by Andy Batt

Photography by Andy Batt

Thrilling Adventure Hour - Episode 229 - Beyond Belief "Dead and Breakfast"

Starring Paul F. Tompkins and Paget Brewster as those married mediums Frank and Sadie Doyle. Also starring Hal Lublin as the Spooky Narrator; Craig Cackowski, Annie Savage, Jenny Wade, Carla Cackowski, and Janet Varney as a creepy family; and Marc Evan Jackson as the bartender.

Music by Andy Paley, Jonathan Dinerstein, and Becky Ward.

Written and produced by Ben Acker & Ben Blacker.

Recorded May 23, 2015 at the Opera House in Wellington, New Zealand.

Listen here: http://nerdist.com/thrilling-adventure-hour-229-beyond-belief-dead-breakfast

Follow The Thrilling Adventure Hour and its creators, Ben Blacker and Ben Acker, on Twitter!

 

OTRimprov Presents 3rd Annual Improv Festival of Cincinnati via Broadwayworld.com

Cincinnati's OTRimprov proudly presents the Third Annual Improv Festival of Cincinnati (IF Cincy). This year's Festival features improvisors from Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Portland (OR), Minneapolis, Louisville, and Cincinnati. The festival runs September 6-11, 2016 at Know Theatre of Cincinnati in Over-the-Rhine. If Cincy is excited to expand this year's Festival with an episode of the Improv Yak Podcast on Tuesday September 6 and an additional performance night on Wednesday September 7.

Craig Cackowski, known for his roles on Community, Veep, and Drunk History as well as earning three Del Close Teacher of the Year awards at iO West in Los Angeles, and Amber Nash known for her role as the voice of Pam Poovey on the hit animated show Archer and her work with Dad's Garage, Atlanta's Best Improv Theater for the last 15 years, are in two of our headlining troupes, Orange Tuxedo and Fun Bags, respectively.

Produced in partnership with Know Theatre of Cincinnati's Jackson Street Market, IF Cincy has also benefitted from the support of business sponsors and individuals willing to support the festival through crowdfunding. IF Cincy marks the sixth anniversary of OTRimprov, a group of dedicated improvisors who created the strong improv community in Cincinnati while winning Best Improv Troupe in Cincinnati for 2015 and 2016.

Local troupes performing are Basement Dwellers, Coincidence Improv, Don't Tell Anna, Highly Improvable, Killer B's, The Middle Child, OTRnext, Portals to Possibility, and What It Ain't.

National improv performers traveling to Cincinnati are B&B (Portland, OR), Bearded Men (Minneapolis, MN), Damaged Goods (Louisville, KY), Devil's Daughter (Chicago, IL), Fun Bags (Atlanta, GA), Human Amusements (Detroit, MI), The Improvised Sondheim Project (Chicago, IL), The League of Pointless Improvisors (Ann Arbor, MI), Orange Tuxedo (Los Angeles, CA), and Shade (Chicago, IL).

Many of the performers taking the stage in the evening will also be hosting workshops for experienced and beginner improvisors, giving Cincinnatians an opportunity to learn alongside the impressive visiting national talent. Workshops will be offered by Megan Leahy & Leslie Sharp (Fun Bags), The Improvised Sondheim Project, and Craig & Carla Cackowski (Orange Tuxedo). In addition, for the first time OTRimprov will be offering a workshop focused on teen improvisors in the Cincinnati area.

"For our third year, we wanted to raise the bar with a bigger and bolder IF Cincy," says Kat Smith, co-director of OTRimprov. "In addition to top-notch improv troupes from all over the country, we're adding another night to accommodate more local troupes from the ever-expanding Cincinnati improv scene. Our workshops this year include a musical improv workshop and a teen-focused workshop." Smith continues, "Six years ago, you would have been hard-pressed to find a monthly improv show in Cincinnati. Today, there are multiple shows a month at venues across the city. Thanks to the efforts of this small but mighty community, we continue to build a thriving improv scene here and IF Cincy lets people know improv is here to stay!"

The All Access Pass allows entry to all five evenings, Tuesday - Saturday, for $90, the Weekend Pass covers Friday andSaturday evening's performances for $70, and a One Night Pass is available for entry on either Friday or Saturdayevening for $35.

Single tickets are $5 each for the Tuesday September 7th Improv Yak Podcast performance, $10 for Wednesdayevening, and $20 for Thursday - Saturday's performances.

Original Link: http://www.broadwayworld.com/cincinnati/article/OTRimprov-Presents-3rd-Annual-Improv-Festival-of-Cincinnati-20160815

 

ORANGE TUXEDO, DETROIT IMPROV FESTIVAL

Just got back from teaching and performing at the Detroit Improv Festival, 2016. Such a delightful group of people putting on this festival and it was a joy to play for Detroit!

Photo courtesy of Marc Warzecha "No Waiting with Marc Warzecha" performed on Friday August 12th at 8pm.  No Waiting with Marc Warzecha is a news-based-fast-paced comedy with special interview guest Redford Township Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz and a great cast of improvisors including Carla Cackowski (Improv Yak podcast, Orange Tuxedo improv), Joe Bill (Annoyance Theatre, Bassprov), Nick Armstrong (Improv Utopia, National Improv Network), Chris Moody (Improv Utopia, DIF), Shawn Handlon (Artistic Director, Planet Ant) and more to be announced!  Hosted by Marc Warzecha (featured on CNN's "Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer", NPR's "All Things Considered.")

Photo courtesy of Marc Warzecha

"No Waiting with Marc Warzecha" performed on Friday August 12th at 8pm. 

No Waiting with Marc Warzecha is a news-based-fast-paced comedy with special interview guest Redford Township Supervisor Tracey Schultz Kobylarz and a great cast of improvisors including Carla Cackowski (Improv Yak podcast, Orange Tuxedo improv), Joe Bill (Annoyance Theatre, Bassprov), Nick Armstrong (Improv Utopia, National Improv Network), Chris Moody (Improv Utopia, DIF), Shawn Handlon (Artistic Director, Planet Ant) and more to be announced!  Hosted by Marc Warzecha (featured on CNN's "Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer", NPR's "All Things Considered.")

"Orange Tuxedo" performed on Friday August 12th at 10pm. Orange Tuxedo is a two person improv show from a husband and wife team who, collectively, have been doing improv for seven hundred years. In this show, they aim to create grounded relationships, formed by eccentric characters. Craig teaches improvisation at iO West, Carla teaches at The Second City in Hollywood. If you like comedy, you may have seen Craig wear various mustaches and costume pieces on Comedy Central’s Drunk History. If you like drunken history, you may have seen Carla drink various beers on Instagram. They perform regularly at The Second City and iO West in Los Angeles. http://orangetuxedoimprov.tumblr.com/

"Orange Tuxedo" performed on Friday August 12th at 10pm.

Orange Tuxedo is a two person improv show from a husband and wife team who, collectively, have been doing improv for seven hundred years. In this show, they aim to create grounded relationships, formed by eccentric characters. Craig teaches improvisation at iO West, Carla teaches at The Second City in Hollywood. If you like comedy, you may have seen Craig wear various mustaches and costume pieces on Comedy Central’s Drunk History. If you like drunken history, you may have seen Carla drink various beers on Instagram. They perform regularly at The Second City and iO West in Los Angeles. http://orangetuxedoimprov.tumblr.com/

"DIF ALLSTARS" performed on Saturday August 13th at 10pm. (Photo courtesy of Amy Phillips) Detroit Improv Fest Allstars with Amy Phillips, Joe Bill, Craig Cackowski, Carla Cackowski, Paul F. Tompkins, and Jaclynn Cherry.  

"DIF ALLSTARS" performed on Saturday August 13th at 10pm. (Photo courtesy of Amy Phillips)

Detroit Improv Fest Allstars with Amy Phillips, Joe Bill, Craig Cackowski, Carla Cackowski, Paul F. Tompkins, and Jaclynn Cherry.

 

Photo by Jeffrey James Smyk, Reposted 

Photo by Jeffrey James Smyk, Reposted 

Photo by Anna Imesch, Reposted

Photo by Anna Imesch, Reposted

Photo by Michael Owen Smith, Reposted

Photo by Michael Owen Smith, Reposted

Spontaneanation Episode 56 Released

Los Feliz, Karen’s House, 1997

SPONTANEANATION WITH PAUL F. TOMPKINS #56APRIL 18, 2016

Paul F. Tompkins is making the most of every welcome and is pleased to welcome you all back to SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is stand-up comedian Margaret Cho! They chat about what tattoo Margaret would get if she had to get one within the hour, visiting the White House, and the history of The Bishop Don “Magic” Juan. Paul is then joined by Carla Cackowski, Brandon Johnson, and Chris Tallman to improvise a story set in Los Feliz, Karen’s House, 1997. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano! SPONTANEANATION LIVE returns to Largo on Saturday, June 4th, with special guest Robyn Hitchcock! Tickets are available now: bit.ly/SPONT616

LISTEN HERE

Phoenix Improv Festival - Show & Workshop In April!

Orange Tuxedo - SHOW

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20 - BUY TICKETS HERE

Orange Tuxedo is a two person improv show from a husband and wife team who, collectively, have been doing improv for seven hundred years. In this show, they aim to create grounded relationships, formed by eccentric characters. Craig teaches improvisation at iO West, Carla teaches at The Second City in Hollywood. If you like comedy, you may have seen Craig wear various mustaches and costume pieces on Comedy Central’s Drunk History. If you like drunken history, you may have seen Carla drink various beers on Instagram. They perform regularly at iO West in Los Angeles and recently traveled to Austin for the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (2015) and the SF Sketchfest (2016).

 

Improvise Like A Married Couple! with Craig & Carla Cackowski
Workshops - REGISTER HERE
Description: The same communication skills that make for a good relationship make for a good improvised scene. Real-life married couple Craig and Carla Cackowski (from the duo Orange Tuxedo) share their favorite exercises that foster open communication between scene partners! Learn how to read each other’s minds, express your ideas clearly, and avoid arguments (while still getting what you want).
Instructor: Craig & Carla Cackowski
Date: Sat. April 16th
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Location: The Phoenix Theatre (Hardes Theatre, Rehearsal Room A)
100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ  85004
Cost: $55.00
Requirement: at least 6 mo. improv experience 




San Francisco Sketchfest!

I'm doing two shows at the SF Sketchfest this January.  All info is on the website: www.sfsketchfest.com

Bluff You with Jimmy Pardo and guests John Ross Bowie, Carla Cackowski, and Pat Francis. Contestants compete to figure out which of our panel is telling the truth and who is just trying to Bluff You in this improvised game show hosted by the wonderful Jimmy Pardo.  Friday January 8th at 8:00pm  

Orange Tuxedo Improv Comedy with Carla and Craig Cackowski.  Friday January 8th at 10:15pm

"Creating a One-Person Show" - SOLD OUT!

Creating a One-Person Show
Taught by Carla Cackowski

The workshop below is sold out.  Please email me at the "Contact Me, Why Not?" in the side bar to be put on my mailing list for future workshops.  Thanks!

Times:  Tuesdays 7-10pm, four weeks long
Dates:  Beginning November 3rd, 10th, 17th, and ending on November 24th
Location: The Complex Theater, M.C. Studio
6476 Santa Monica Blvd.  
Hollywood, CA 90038

Price: $250**
Email me with questions or to enroll. (See "Contact Me, Why Not?" on Sidebar.)
**Please make sure you are able to make all dates as I am unable to allow for refunds.

This four week workshop will tackle the creating, writing and marketing of a one person show.  Whether you have an idea for a show, are looking for an idea for a show, or are hoping to re-work a show you’ve already performed, this workshop will give you the tools to obtain your goal.  Each class consists of lecture, performance time, and personal feedback.  There will be writing assignments each week for you to bring in and workshop in front of others.  At month's end, you will leave this workshop with written material as well as a solid plan for what to do next! 
 
Carla has written and performed five solo shows that have toured LA's theater circuit.  Some of these shows have also been performed in San Diego, New York City (United Solo Fest), Dallas (Dallas Solo Fest), and Austin (Out of Bounds Comedy Festival).  Carla is frequently hired to direct other solo performers and, most recently, directed Stephnie Weir's solo show, "Vanona Ray: Some Secrets Take You to the Stage", at the Comedy Central Stage in Hollywood in July, 2015.  Carla has taught solo performance workshops in Portland, San Diego, New York City, Dallas, and Los Angeles.  She is on the faculty at The Second City Hollywood and is a member of The Solo Collective, a theater company dedicated to the art of solo performance.  www.solocollective.com  www.carlacackowski.com
 
Carla has the rare gift of being able to foster an individual’s voice and bring its uniqueness front and center without compromising the foundation necessary for a successful solo show - editing, structure, clarity, fluidity.  Carla is not only a talented writer and performer herself, but has a great ear for story, comedic and dramatic.  She is a wonderful collaborator and director.  I can’t wait to work with her again. - Stephnie Weir “Vanona Ray: Some Secrets You Take To The Stage.” 

Carla has a real eye for bringing a piece alive.   She not only made my show a complete theater piece, but was a true caretaker for me and the show itself.  I can’t recommend her and her work and talent highly enough.
 - Chris McGowan, writer/performer of "Life, the Universe, and Chris McGowan"
 
Carla has a keen eye for the whole piece- the journey of the show and you as a performer.  The audience response has been greater than I could have imagined. And! My show has been accepted into several comedy festivals! 
-Chrissy Swinko, writer/performer of "#UGH: All of My Disappointments Located Conveniently in One Show"