I'm in the States for a brief visit. Thankfully, I was able to catch a TJ and Dave show whilst in Chicago.
"One of these guys is the best improviser in the world. And the other one is better." - Stephen Colbert
The show was fantastic and it's inspiring to see amazing improv in a city that nurtures it. It gives me high hopes for where we can take improv in Berlin.
The highlight, though, was meeting with Dave Pasquesi after the show. He was generous enough to speak with me about running a comedy theater. While their model is different than CCB, it was good to pick his brain and get some sage advice from someone who's been in the business for a long time (HE USED TO HAVE A SHOW WITH DEL CLOSE!). He even showed me around the Mission Theater where iO now lives (the CCB stage is largely inspired by the iO stages).
The biggest take-away though, is hearing his thoughts about performing and running the actual space. To put a moratorium on business related matters when you have your own show to put on. All the pressure of making sure you're pulling an audience, marketing, reviews and critics, can effect a show negatively - and that is inherently counter to why we're doing this. Preserve what made you get into this in the first place. Boom.