Hot Property is a sketch-prov powerhouse made up of Nick Ramirez and Lance Gilstrap from Austin improv and sketch institution Midnight Society, and Mac Blake and David Jara from KOOP radio’s The Mascot Wedding Show (and also the Friday-performing group Stag Comedy). We put these dudes under the hot lights and got some answers.
How did Hot Property get started with sketch comedy?
Nick Ramirez: If you hang around ColdTowne Theater long enough, you’ll end up writing and performing in a sketch comedy show. It’s something that happens to all of us eventually.
David Jara: I’m trying to remember how we got started. I think it involved some kid’s wish. I forget if it was a birthday wish or more of a genie situation, but I think some kid wished for greatness and then like five minutes later we formed Hot Property.
What’s your writing process like?
Lance Gilstrap: We mostly get together and one person has an idea that we all throw around, dropping in different bits of dialog and ideas for places the story could go. One person will usually take that and flesh out the sketch using those ideas and bring back an outline and we run through it a couple times, improvising the dialog and adding ideas as we go. From this point, sometimes dialog is written and memorized and sometimes the sketch is kept loose – like the meat in some sandwiches.
Mac Blake: Some good sandwiches. Who likes tight meat?
What are you looking forward to at Austin Sketch Fest?
Gilstrap: I am looking forward to taking a workshop from last year’s favorites “Delicious Moments”. There are still slots available in the workshop and I can’t wait to take it with YOU (the reader/ sketch enthusiast).
Blake: It’s hard to beat Paul F. Tompkins. I’m also looking forward to just hanging out. Sketch in Austin doesn’t have as many opportunities to hang out together as does stand-up or improv, so getting a sense of community is nice. And then hopefully getting that community drunk and writing something on its forehead.
Ramirez: It’s always a treat to see Your Terrific Neighbors perform. They went all out for last year’s Sketch Fest show, and I would be surprised if this year’s show is any less memorable.
What can we expect from your ASF show?
Jara: In a word: cuckoo-bananas. As out-there as our Hot Property shows normally are, this one is gonna be even more nuts than that. Which reminds me — I need to go buy ponchos for the first row.
Ramirez: We have this one sketch where I play a guy who likes baseball.
Blake: Nick, don’t exaggerate.
Gilstrap: HaHa… All I’m sayin’ is DON’T BRING YOUR GRANDMA! Right guys? guys? Oh My God! They’re all dead.
List 5 things about Hot Property, of which only 3 are true.
At least one member of Hot Property has no voice and must lip sync to a pre-recorded CD.
Two of us go by shortened versions of our real first names. Guess which ones!
We’re all card-carrying members of the Russian Mafia.
Nick Ramirez is lost in time.
We are all carrying concealed handguns at all times in increasingly wacky ways.
Hot Property performs at Hyde Park Theater on Thursday, May 24th at 8 PM, with Spirit Desire. Tickets HERE.