Swing Show Postmortem

The moral of the show is, you can get fudge added to your milkshake at Steak n Shake for 39 cents.

Last Saturday was the Ship of Fools’s improv show for the big event the swing club was hosting over the weekend. I can’t remember the name of the event, but it involves people from a bunch of universities coming here to swing dance like the crazy dancing fools they are. One of the non-dancing events was the show we put on Saturday afternoon.

The audience was surprisingly small. Last year we put on a similar show in a smaller room and wound up with a standing-room-only crowd. This year we had a moderately-sized lecture hall but a crowd of only a few dozen. No idea what the reason for the drop in attendance was. My guess is the weather; last year, we put on the show in the same building the swing dancing was going on in, but this year we were a few buildings away, and it was cold and snowing.

The show went pretty well overall. The audience was slow to warm up to us, but they got into the show about halfway into it. Coincidentally, almost my entire involvement in the show was limited to the first half of the show. Anyone trying to suggest a positive correlation between audience enjoyment and me not doing stuff is a liar.

Somehow, the fact that Steak n Shake will, for some reason, add fudge to your milkshake for 39 cents extra — and, in particular, putting said fudge in your pocket for later — became a minor running gag. Naturally, after the show, we went to Steak n Shake for dinner, where one of us (not me) proceeded to order said fudgy bonus on his milkshake. The commercials lie; fudge is denser than milkshake and so sinks to the bottom of the glass; it does not float on top of the milkshake.

Next show won’t be for a while. April, maybe? That sounds vaguely right.

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