Nick Morgan

Nick Morgan

Owner (Improv+able Solutions) & Director of the Improv Program (Toledo Rep)

September 7, 2017

Organization:

Improv+able Solutions, The Toledo Rep Theatre

Website:


Tell us more about some of your past projects?

I trained and performed in Chicago at The Second City, iO Theater and The Playground Theater.  I wrote and performed a one man show called, ‘Karl Lighter’s Hour of Power: 45 minutes that will change your life’ at Second City’s Skybox Theater in Chicago; I then went onto to teach at the Washington Improv Theater in DC, before returning home in 2011.




What current projects are you working on?

I am the Director of the Toledo Rep’s adult improv program.  I also co-produce, with Erin Kanary and Martin Verni and perform in ‘The Monthly’ improv show at The Valentine’s Studio A (every final Friday of the month), which has brought long-form improv to Toledo audiences for the first time.   




What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?

Toledo has proven to be a perfect fit.  It is just large enough to support our fledgling improv community, but just small enough that there are no other games in town at this point.


Tell us about one of your greatest successes.

Proposing to my wife in the Oval Office (true/long story). The fact she said ‘yes’ puts it in the ‘successes’ column.


Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?

My wife and my family. My performing partners Erin Kanary and Martin Verni. Seeing people succeed and overcome a fear to find pure joy on the other side of it.  The cold opening to Season 8, Episode 14 of ‘Cheers’…it’s a perfectly crafted piece of comedy.   


Tell us about your background.

I grew up in Sylvania and attended Southview HS.  I graduated from the University of Findlay in ’01 and then received a Masters from Notre Dame in, of all things, accounting.  My first accounting job took me to Chicago, which is of course home to the famed Second City comedy theater.  I saw a show there in October of 2001, which featured a young Keegan-Michael Key, among other greats.  This inspired me to take an improv class and I was lucky enough to have Keegan as my level C teacher.  Over the past 15 years, I have languished by day in accounting and finance and by night have always kept enough chips in the improv/comedy game to stay sane.   After watching and performing improv for so many years, it has been an absolute joy to introduce people to it in Toledo through our classes and shows.


Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.’  - Victor Borge.  It concisely gets to the heart of my addiction to laughter.




Favorite place for local culture?

The Toledo Farmer’s Market.  It brings in wonderful local growers, intermingles them with local artisans selling their wares.  Also, depending on where you park, you are likely to walk past some of downtown’s beautiful wall murals.  Stop by a local coffee shop on the way and sprinkle in a local acoustic musician subtly adding to the overall ambience, and the market provides a little taste* of a lot of what Toledo has to offer culturally.  *see what I did there? 



Toledo’s “best kept secret” is . . .

The programming offered by the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, specifically the ‘Authors! Authors!’ series.  Also, I’d be a poor marketer if I didn’t say ‘The Monthly’, our improv show at The Valentine’s Studio A theater, which runs every final Friday of the month.  Oh! Registry Bistro’s mid-week happy hour.  




My favorite place to chill locally is . . .

A backyard, my own or a friend’s, in the fall.   




My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is . . .

Wildwood Metropark . . . it’s a big hit with my pup, whose opinion I value only 2nd to my wife’s.    




When I’m not working hard, I can always be found at . . .

The edge of my couch or at a nearby lake with family or friends.  

  




If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people . . .

To be featured more by our local media.  I’m really excited at the prospect of BCAN and there are some great podcasts featuring local creative talent and difference makers in our community.   


Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

I’m looking forward to speaking at Toledo’s upcoming TEDx event in September and for our next session of improv classes to start at the end of September.  




Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with.

Johnny Carson


Name a CD, book or website you can’t live without.

MgoBlog.com. I was a rabid sports fan growing up, but my devout fandom these days is reserved entirely for Fall Saturdays and Michigan football games (or any college games really).


3 words that best describe me or my work are . . .

Funny some times   




Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.

The Avett Brothers’ ‘Emotionalism’
The Beach Boys’ ‘Pet Sounds’
Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits (I know, a greatest hits album is cheating, but I cheat at stuff)  
The Lumineers (self-titled)
The Hamilton soundtrack 




My biggest vice is . . .

Life-shortening food, at ill-advised hours of the night.  




I’d like to see __________ in Toledo.

A thriving full-time comedy venue.  


What’s the last dream you recall having?

Not having written a speech I was about to give.  I was to go on at 8:10 in the dream, but as terrified as I was I slowly managed to gather my thoughts and felt ok once taking the stage.  I then woke up. I look forward to hopefully picking that dream up where I left off, where my speech is an unmitigated disaster littered with weird imagery, like my 1st grade teacher tandem skydiving with a panda bear or Burt Reynolds or something. 



The last lyric that moved me was . . .

‘The photograph on the dashboard, taken years ago
Turned around backwards so the windshield shows
Every streetlight reveals the picture in reverse…’




One movie character I identify with is . . .

Peter Gibbons, ‘Office Space’ 


The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .

The G.I. Joe Aircraft Carrier.  If memory serves, it was soon after that Christmas that my old man broke the news to me about ‘Santa’…I think because there was no way in hell Santa was getting credit for that gift.


My most inspiring moment was/is . . .

Watching our level 1 classes, full of fear, take the stage in front of a live audience after only 6 weeks of classes and get their first laughs performing comedy.  I remember that feeling…it’s like you’re floating and it lasts for days.  



I want my last meal to be _______________.

Served on time. 


Additional Links: Toledo Repertoire Theatre


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