Interview: Cult Comedy Heroes 'Convoy'
The boys are hard at work. Photo courtesy of Convoy themselves. How classy.
While Alex Berg, Todd Fasen, and Alex Fernie would probably hesitate to call themselves heroes in any capacity (that is, unless they somehow saved a baby riding a puppy from getting run over by a truck full of hate and fireworks), the moniker does have a certain amount of applicability. In a staggeringly short amount of time, the three-man improv juggernaut named Convoy has risen through the ranks of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCB), going from weekly improv battle competitors to big-name Thursday night draws. 44 consecutive Cagematch wins in a row will do that for you.
Convoy performs every Thursday night at 11pm at the UCB Theatre at 5919 Franklin in Hollywood. LAist was fortunate enough to catch up with Convoy to really ask some of the tough questions, Frost / Nixon style.
LAist: Where are you from, and what made you come to Los Angeles for comedy?
Alex Berg: We're from all over the place- I'm from Connecticut; Fernie grew up on a horse farm in New Hampshire, and Todd's from LA (well, Pacific Palisades, which is close enough). The three of us met at Vassar College after having auditioned for and been accepted into the aptly named improv troupe "Vassar Improv." About half of Vassar Improv, including Todd, graduated in '03 and moved to LA, so when me and Fernie finished up school in '04 and wanted to keep doing comedy, LA simply seemed like the most logical place to go. Besides, I'm neurotic and can't handle New York.
Todd Fasen: I actually moved back here to try to work in the music industry and live rent-free at parent's house. While I had earlier success with both those goals I eventually quit my job and also moved to my own place.
Alex Fernie: It was either here or New York for me, and, basically, tacos beat pizza.