Here’s another one of The Fearless Fools.I kind of regret that I didn’t get a chance to talk with them during my month of Improv –that just means I need to do a different story about the group when the opportunity comes a-knockin’ again. From their Facebook page, it looks like they kill.Name: Matt TolliverAge: 32Hometown:French Creek, WVOccupation: School Counselor, Licensed Professional CounselorWhat’s your life like outside of comedy?Most of my time consists of working as a school counselor at Skyview Elementary School in Morgantown. I meet with kids for individual and group counseling as well as teaching classroom guidance lessons to whole classes. My main focus is on conflict resolution and teaching kids appropriate social skills.
How did you get started in Improv/Comedy? As a child at 4-H camp, we would have to come up with skits during the nightly council circles. Though there was no “formal” training, that was when I first experienced entertaining others without a script and having to use my imagination to create characters for short sketches.What was your first workshop or show like?Stressful, but a type of stress or pressure that challenged me with the reward of laughter and applause from the audience.
In comedy or the improv comedy world, who do you look up to?Robin Williams was the master of improv comedy. His ability to instantaneously create characters and jokes was awe-inspiring.
What’s the best part about what you do?With a day job dealing with people’s social and emotional problems, it can be very overwhelming to take that on. Improv allows me to explore my creative side and let my mind be free.
What’s the hardest part?Trying to stay in character when my fellow players or myself say or do something that completely catches you off guard.
What’s (almost) always funny?Typically anything that my Kindergarten students tell meAdvice for someone who might want to do Improv? I feel like everyone has to improvise many times every day when it comes to making decisions. Some times we have to conventrate hard on those decisions, and some times it’s so fast that we don’t even realize it. Improv comedy is in that space of opening your mind and not overly concentrating.Are two drink minimums necessary or are they just a rip off?Rip offDo you believe in Santa Claus, unicorns or global warming (choose one)?I want to believe in unicorns…it’s a thin, blurry line of believing and wanting toIf you could ask Drew Carey one question, what would it be?Do you ever get to drive the cars on The Price is Right?Is prison really as bad at they say or is that just the media?Depending on the prison and crime. Are we talking federal penitentiary or a low security prison? If I could get my doctorate for free…sign me up!How good is your spelling? How did I do on this questionnaire?Do you have any time/money saving tips for our readers? Don’t take our private student loans, unless absolutely necessary!Have you ever been to Ohio?Yes…it was flat and underwhelming