By: Brian Perry
Boston, like any area that breeds a comedy scene, tends to be a bit of a transitory environment. People come, do great work, make connections, and some inevitably continue on their way. Recently joining the ex-Boston ranks were local favorites and real life married couple Neil Reynolds (Code Duello, ImprovBoston Mainstage) and Sarah Reynolds (ImprovBoston Family Show, Tiny Little Lungs, Harold Night). I had a chance to speak with them about their move days before they packed up their car and headed cross country. They've since settled in on the West Coast, but the spot they left behind in Boston still lingers.
How long have you guys been performing in the Boston area?
Sarah: I've been here ten years.
Neil: and I've been here six.
And you're moving to Los Angeles... what are your plans when you get out there?
Neil: The short term plan is that I'm enrolling in film school at USC's Peter Stark producing program. It’s a two year MFA program.
Sarah: I’ll be looking for work as a professional singer -- looking for opportunities to perform live and hopefully and do some recording in a studio setting. I’ll also continue to look for opportunities to teach music.
You have both improvised quite a bit in Boston -- are you planning on continuing out in LA?
Sarah: Yes. In fact, I think were both excited about being students again
Neil: We don’t know which of the theaters we'll be starting out at or what the time frame is, but it's
one of our priorities when we move out there. It's also one of the best ways we know to meet
people and make connections.
Looking back, what are some of the favorite projects you've done here?
Sarah: My two woman musical improv show Tiny Little Lungs has been a highlight. It's really liberating as a singer to step into the world of improv and suddenly have priorities outside of singing well technically. Also, there was The Wasteland...
Neil: We both worked on The Wasteland Comedy Hour with T.S. Eliot. That was a great, ambitious project. We worked with and met very cool people and pushed ourselves to create a very high volume of material -- sketch, standup, music, video, and live performance. That was in 2007. Since then I’ve mostly been proud of proud of Code Duello. We actually perform it in Boston less than we perform it anywhere else, but Matt Tucker and I met in Boston so I still think of it as a Boston project. Until now anyway.
Are you guys going to keep up with Code Duello?
Neil: Matt’s moving to New York and I’m moving to Los Angeles so we’re on hiatus for at least the summer. After that, we’re just going to become a touring show. We've had an offer to become part of the UCB TourCo -- they are going to sell us alongside of their house shows. It remains to be seen how interesting our show is to something like a college audience, but the touring model seems sustainable enough that it is something we can hopefully do on sort of an as requested basis.
What will you miss about this city?
Neil: The people are the thing we’ll miss the most. Our comedy community remains our strongest pool of friends and the people we see the most. A lot of people are splitting off and doing new things, but for the time I've been here there has always been a core community of cool people doing cool shit.
Sarah: Having such a supportive venue like ImprovBoston has been a blessing as well. You can have a creative idea and know you have a space for it even if it is a project that reaches outside of the core ImprovBoston community -- Neil got to premiere his pilot Unbalanced at ImprovBoston and we screened our recent 48 Hour Film Project entry there as well. Hopefully we’ll meet a new pool of collaborators in LA but we’ll definitely miss what we had in Boston.