Train of Thought


The Best of Train of Thought

Fridays & Saturdays > November 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18 > 10:30pm

Northwest Actors Studio > Cabaret Theater > 3rd Floor

1100 E Pike Street on Capitol Hill > Ticket Price $10, $8 for students

Train of Thought is without a doubt one of the most talented and funny sketch comedy groups you’ll ever see in your life. I shit you not. I’m including Mad TV and In Living Color (but not SNL because that show totally sucks) in this equation because Train of Thought is just that damn good.

Remember when you used to laugh at Saturday Night Live? Me neither. But Train of Thought reminded me once more that sketch comedy is some funny shit. Especially when written and performed by amazing actors. Kaci Aitchison, John Boyle and Ryan Miller are black belts in the funny. They’re also all members of one of Seattle’s favorite theater groups Jet City Improv. And they’ve been doing it for a while.

This is year four for Train of Thought and while there have been a couple of casting changes in its history the chemistry in the current cast is truly impressive. I have to admit as a writer and a wannabe performer of both improv and sketch comedy, Train of Thought is what I strive for. Great comedic timing skills, excellent sketch writing skills, visual humor skills… You know, skills.

Train of Thought is currently performing “Best of Train of Thought” and you wont find a better show to introduce yourself to this style of comedy. John Boyle writes hilarious sketches for the group and you can tell that he’s put a lot of effort into making the sketches funny and sometimes surprisingly heart warming. In fact the entire group seems to have some kind of lovable quality I can’t put my finger on.

Oh sure Kaci Aitchison is ridiculously attractive and all three members are funny as hell but there’s some kind of deep love of the art form there, something Train of Thought has that makes you think “Wow, this is magic. They’re making magic!”. It’s noticeable and it impressed me.

A couple of their characters seem to be written to grab your withered and jaded heart without being syrupy or having any of that lameness that comes from people playing nice (which can so easily irk the hell out of me). One of my favorites was a sketch about a small boy, his grandfather and Jelly Beans.

Best of Train of Thought is definitely not for kids though. It is totally NSFW and the show includes some nude images which are presented in such a hilarious way you wont have time to be upset about it cause you’ll be laughing your ass off.

Train of Thought’s members are some of the funniest Seattle talents and the stage is only one of their venues.

Kaci Aitchison is a member of the Bob Rivers Morning Show, does voiceover work and sings in her own band. She also writes and performs song parodies and looks great doing it.

John Boyle runs SketchCenter, a great web resource for sketch comedy groups and is also co-creator of many shows with Wingit Productions. He’s also the voice behind the popular Puppet Tom show. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Especially if you’ve got a myspace addiction.

Ryan Miller is director of the Puppet Tom films and has been an actor and technician in numerous theatre productions. He just happens to be one of my favorite improvisers at Jet City Improv too.

Need another reason to see Best of Train of Thought? The group is so good they’re the only non New York, non Los Angeles comedy group to be invited to the Great Sketch Experiment on where the groups were filmed and directed by John Landis of Animal House and The Blues Brothers fame.

I got to interview Train of Thought and I was thinking of our readers as we talked.

Where does Train of Thought suggest you go for coffee in Seattle?

Cafe Ladro in Fremont and Zoca in Tangletown near Greenlake.

How about bars?

It was unanimous for Finn McCools on the Ave.

Finally I asked what they thought was the best theatre in Seattle.

“Jet City Improv.” and I must agree. The talent at Jet City Improv spills out into many channels, Train of Thought is one of the best.

2 Comments so far

  1. Tony B. (unregistered) on November 10th, 2006 @ 10:45 am

    You need to fix your link to the Train of Thought website. It just goes back to the main page of Metroblogging Seattle.

  2. Jeremy (unregistered) on November 12th, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

    It looks like the links have been fixed. Thanks!

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