what was tilt?
Probably no one will really know, except those who were there to
experience it - and even then, probably not. But here are some random
- The first Tilt poster ever.
Ah the naivete - Such humble beginnings.
- An early review from the
Ann Arbor Observer. The opening paragraph refers to a
pre-written, surreal sketch we did.
- An mp3 from that same show, of another weird sketch - the Angel-Devil Sketch. This recording is so
old it's low-volume and scratchy!
- Here's a picture of Tilt from
late 2001, I think, and here's another.
- Some programs and posters in pdf (from back when Jon Colman would do that
stuff for us)!
- The hardcore Tilt fans would hang out after the show for the
surreal (not to say "drunken") TFA set - "Tilt F[ools] Around".
My own favorite was the night we improvised a John Hughes movie.
- Summer 2002, we had a weekly gig at Ann
Arbor Comedy Showcase. We were the headline act, and open-mic
stand-ups opened for us. Here's a game we
used to play (pdf) during the open-mic'ers routines (warning:
- Some of our "signature" games: "Master / Servant" (with
funnoodles), "3 corners" (elimination variation on 4 corners),
"serious game" (no-laughing elimination game), "peanut" (rhyming verse
elimination game), "monologue montage" (the variation on Armando Diaz)
and "soap opera".
- A typical example of many setlists, from our somewhat
transitional days (from shortform to medium and longform).
- At one point, frustrated with the lack of spaces in A2, we
commissioned our very own stage to be built. We left it in the Ann
Arbor Civic Theater dance studio closet, and would put it together and
take it apart for each show.
- Summer 2003, Dave Brenner
agreed to take some pictures of us: first page and second page. (There is no third
page, and the internal links are dead.)
- Our regular space, the dance studio for the Ann Arbor Civic Theater, was part of a
complex of artists' hovels that was condemned. We moved our stage out
of it into Mark's garage (where perhaps it still is). Some time
later, the whole complex was mysteriously burned to the ground, with
accompanying fliers about the building "going out on its own terms".
Our dance space looked like the epicenter. We found our cheap-ass
plastic Tilt chairs twisted into a horrible melted mess. AACT let us
perform in their new rehearsal space.
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