ASF Hot Seat: The Show of One-Person Shows


Making its third straight appearance at Austin Sketch Fest, I Didn’t See You There: The Show of One-Person Shows goes up tonight, 10pm at ColdTowne Theater. SOOPS (as Festival Producer Will Cleveland calls it) feature 8 short, complete on-person shows from an eclectic mix of comedians from Austin’s sketch, stand-up, and improv scenes (and some people that do it all). By way of introduction, we asked tonight’s performers to interview each other. Each person answered a question and then asked the next question. Does that make sense? You’ll figure it out.

We’re starting with Aly Dixon. Aly, if you were on an Ocean’s 11 style heist team, what skill set would you bring to the table?

Aly Dixon: The ability to tell when a guy wants you to stop talking, and also probably fitting into small spaces like that one small guy.

If you could tweet from one famous person’s twitter who would it be and what would you say?

Byron Brown: I would post from Donald Trump’s Twitter and say, “Taking a bath in my own diarrhea AMA America”.

If you could press a button that would result in one random person in the world getting killed but then you would receive $7,000 cash, tax-free, would you do it?

Elizabeth Schantz: Absolutely. $7000 is kinda low for this kinda scenario, but I’m also kinda broke so yeah I would do it.

What’s the most embarrassing moment of your life?

Lisa Friedrich, pictured here in casual attire.

Lisa Friedrich, pictured here in casual attire.

Lisa Friedrich: The most stereotypical embarrassing story is when I was a freshman in high school and I had sneak-bought a thong from probably Gadzooks or Wet Seal. My mom was very against the new trend and I knew I’d be grounded if she found it. It was light blue and light pink plaid. I would hand wash it in my bathroom sink. I started at West Brook High School in Beaumont, Texas. One day, I felt something tug at my back pocket – someone was pulling on my back pocket. Then I felt cold. My jeans had ripped and it was “thong day.” High school boys can be so cruel. I panicked. I remember grabbing an old Army jacket of my friend’s and tying it around my waist. I had to keep my pants on and up and covered for 3 periods. I remember spending the rest of the day on high alert from dummies laughing at me trying to rip off the Army jacket. The worst was when I got home and had to tell my mom. She called me gross for owning a thong, but she didn’t ground me! Which was a very weird way of “I’m not mad, just disappointed.” I didn’t wear that thong again and I moved from Beaumont soon after. Most of my embarrassing moments call Beaumont home.

Which Pringles is the best in the can?

Maria Pond: Original, duh. Because no flavor powder gets on your hands when you eat them and they were the first- it’s in the name: original.

Would you rather be first or last?

Martin Urbano: I would rather be up last so I’ll have time to write-up a character and jokes and memorize it and practice it. That being said, I’d rather go up first because I have somewhere to be.

What do the people in your life think about your comedy?

Molly Moore: I believe they think of my comedy the way I think of getting a graduate degree or having a baby or a mortgage: very nice and a good use of time but not necessarily something I understand at the present moment. Oh, also that it maybe makes me change my profile picture too often.

What’s a character you’d really like to do but don’t think you can pull off?

Maggie Maye: I really don’t think there’s a character that I’d want to play that I couldn’t pull off. Even if I didn’t think I could, it wouldn’t stop me from trying.

I Didn’t See You There: The Show of One-Person Shows

, is tonight Monday, May 23rd at 10pm at ColdTowne Theater, hosted by

Mac Blake