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In Praise of Marc (and the last Nightmare Video Project)

Postby Roy Janik » December 16th, 2011, 10:54 am

I would like to take a moment to sing the praises of Marc Majcher.

Since September 2010, Marc has been recording DVDs for The Nightmare Video Project, one of the Hideout's craziest, most ridiculous shows... and one of the shows that requires the most preparation.

In it Marc plays The Master, or The Gatekeeper... a demon from/in Hell who is tormenting 8 improvisers by directing them in a show. The winner of the show gets to live, and the rest all burn in Hell.

The ridiculous part is that Marc's role is entirely prerecorded onto a DVD. The Gatekeeper starts scenes, sidecoaches and shouts "SCENE IS OVER" all without actually watching the show... and his giant head hovers over the show on the projection screen like a looming god.

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It takes Marc hours and sleepless nights to do this.

He almost never gets to see the show because he's a busy man and usually is performing simultaneously at another theater.

He doesn't have the benefit of an audience to gauge the reaction to his jokes.

He has to go on instinct.

He does a wonderful job.

The Gatekeeper is silly, funny, irreverent, stern, absurd, and somehow generates a good shape to the show that builds to a satisfying conclusion.

The Nightmare Video Project has been a monthly staple of The Hideout for well over a year.

But tonight is the last one.

We're changing up the Friday 8pm lineup in 2012 to include more student/improviser participation.

Marc's plan for tonight's show is to do a Holiday Nightmare Video Project.

As always, I have no idea what the show will include. But my money's on The Gatekeeper wearing a Santa Hat.

Come bid the show a fond farewell. As always, it's free for improvisers and Hideout students if it doesn't sell out.

At the very least congratulate Marc the next time you see him.

http://www.hideouttheatre.com/shows/nig ... deoproject
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Postby Brad Hawkins » December 16th, 2011, 1:14 pm

To Marc! May he rest in peace!
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Postby Rev. Jordan T. Maxwell » December 16th, 2011, 2:13 pm

PROJECT IS OVER!

the Gatekeeper is, as far as i'm concerned, an icon of Austin improv. he will return in some form or another, someday...if we just BELIEVE!
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Postby Roy Janik » December 16th, 2011, 3:53 pm

Rev. Jordan T. Maxwell wrote:PROJECT IS OVER!

the Gatekeeper is, as far as i'm concerned, an icon of Austin improv. he will return in some form or another, someday...if we just BELIEVE!


Most likely every year in the Marathon. It's too delicious not to foist upon sleep deprived improvisers late late Saturday night.
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Postby bradisntclever » December 16th, 2011, 6:40 pm

This was a great show! Thank you for the hard work, Marc.
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Postby Jon Bolden » December 17th, 2011, 10:16 am

Kudos to Marc. I think this last video was the best one yet and full of surprises.
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