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UP Close with Troy Mink: A Live Q&A and Chat
September 12 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Character actor and improviser, Tory Mink, joins UP Improv’s Artistic Director, Randy Dixon on Saturday 9/12 at 1:00 pm to discuss improv, character work and performance in general.
Facebook live improv education event. Free and open to all! 9/12 1:00 PT NOTE: This will be LIVE on UP’s Facebook page
(https://www.facebook.com/UnexpectProductions/) Go to videos and click the Live event streaming.
Troy grew up in Lexington, KY to Charles Mink, “Machine Operator” at IBM during the “typewriter years” & Ruby Mink who worked as a Junior High Cafeteria Worker at Brian Station Junior High School for almost 25 years. He has 2 older brothers & is single, never having married. Troy went to Bryan Station High School where he was active in Chorus & did not have his Actor debut until his Senior year where he portrayed “Henry Gibson”, (The Poet) from a scripted, live version of the 1960’s show “Laugh-In”. The part consisted of him coming out alone & performing poems originally written by the performer/actor Henry Gibson. Because Troy had never seen the actual actor he portrayed the role with a “John Houseman” dialect & mannerisms. The role was carried over to his years in college at Anderson University where he began to write his own original poems for the character to perform along with other original characters & sketches for a monthly variety show called, “Cheap Thrills.” Troy continues to be active as a comic improviser in Seattle, where he now resides. He learned about improvisational theater initially from Roberta McGuire in 1993 who worked with such comedy greats as Del Close, John Belushi, & Harold Ramis & went on to perform & occasionally teach developing original improv characters at Unexpected Productions, Artistic Director Randy Dixon. Joel McCale performed & was in the same class with Troy from 1993 – 1996. In 1997 a character named “Carlotta Philpott” emerged from a live variety show called “Insomniacts.” Carlotta eventually began her own live interview show called “Carlotta’s Late Night Wing Ding” (for 10 years) with Mike Daisey being the first Co-Host of the show. It became so popular it has been scouted by HBO & Comedy Central during its run. In 2001 Stage Direct approached Troy to do a professional taping of his live solo show, “The Haint” which can be viewed on Amazon Prime & Netflix. As of September 2016 Troy is working on new material after having dealt with some serious health issues & can still be seen around town performing & teaching original character work. Carlotta has her own channel on YouTube where she has several videos available for viewing.