You work with what you got...
The guy in the picture here is Jack. He's from Alaska. He was a guest on the Royal Argosy Dinner Cruise this past Saturday. He didn't know it, but his friends had set him up to be a suspect in the murder mystery we were putting on that night. We ask people to give us some personal info when they make their reservations so we can work them into the story. So Jack's friends gave us this picture.
They had no idea how perfect a picture they chose. Saturday night, we opened a new script I wrote called "Spaced Invasion" all about alien abductees and recovered memories and lost hybrid spacebabies. Usually, I'll get info on a few guests a couple of hours ahead of time and then set about coming up with some insane yarn that ties them into the body we just found (in this show, it's a guy named Phredd, who might be an alien or might be a con man, but either way he's dead and his body was found up on the roof of the Experience Music Project).
There's a rule in improv that says "Just say yes"- which means when someone throws a circumstance at you in a scene, don't fight it- just say yes- let the circumstances be what they are and then deal with it- no matter how ridiculous! It's like that bit in "Ghostbusters"- "When someone asks if you're a god, you say YES!" You just go with it and hope it tales you someplace funny.
Well, I got a picture of jack with a Starfish on his head and there was no way I wasn't gonna use it!
That became a picture of "Jack the Alien Fishboy". His scuba tank? A jetpack! Before you knew it, everyone in the room was telling stories of jack and his alien invaders rising up out of Puget Sound and Jack was soon identified as the missing spacebaby and eventually revealed to be the Murderer of Phredd (his long lost Spacebabydaddy). I just want to shout out to Jack and the crew of the Second Deadliest Catch for showing up to play and helping us all have such a great time.
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