Cracking up with the Hamazons

The Hamazons
The Hamazons

The Hamazons, the improvisational comedy group founded in 1999, consists of Eve Smyth, Cil Stengel, Kyndra Laughery and Carolyn Myers. One summer evening, I joined Eve, Cil and Kyndra around Eve’s kitchen table to kibitz about improvisation, laughter and community.

ES: This year we did three shows at Tease Restaurant in Ashland before it closed.

KL: People could eat, have some drinks and relax. It was a fun, raucous time doing improvisation.

CS: Night-clubby, lots of fun, lots of laughs.

EH: Do you usually perform in theaters?

ES: We’ve performed in The Dance Space, The Barn”…

CS: The Black Swan, the Community Center, those kinds of things.

ES: A few months ago we did a house show. Someone invited a bunch of people to come to their house and asked us to perform.

CS: It’s totally fun. Every show is catered to the audience. It’s really wonderful, intimate and personal.

KL: Poking fun at human nature.

ES: We take suggestions from the audience. We all create the show together.

CS: The fact that it’s happening in the moment is what’s special.

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