Sunday, December 12, 2010

Chris Gabel

My favorite Impromaniacs memory is from our first (I think it was the first...) road trip to Upfront Theater in Bellingham (January 2005?). I was not performing, but I came along to watch the shows and hang out with the Upfront Theater players. After the shows and socializing were done, we tried getting some sleep. I was staying in a room with Peter Abrahams and Austin Davis. The three of us were still chatting in the dark, but I was drifting off to sleep. After what seemed like a long time without anyone saying anything, Austin asked, "What if cyborgs were real?" We just lost it. Peter, Austin and I laughed solid for about 5 minutes. I wanted to stop but I couldn't. I could barely breathe. Eventually I was able to regain my composure, but my abs felt like I had done a hundred situps. In retrospect, it wasn't all that funny, but it was one of those perfect combinations of punchiness and the way Austin asked the question. I still smile whenever I think about it.

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