Show Review: Roberto Alomar @ iO West
Roberto Alomar doing what they do at iO West.
Improv, if you're not familiar, is a pretty scary thing; both for the audience and the improvisors. It's sort of an agreement between the two groups who fully acknowledge that SOMETHING is going to happen, but nobody's quite sure what, and in this regard it is unique to other forms of conventional comedy. And even within improv, short-form (a series of small games - think Whose Line Is It Anyway? or ComedySportz), is much less dangerous than long-form, where only a few suggestions (or perhaps just one) spur an entire non-stop unscripted show. This is real pass or fail sort of stuff. And I am happy to report that Friday night iO West house team Roberto Alomar does quite a bit better than just pass. Often times, they soar.
Roberto Alomar gets its moniker from the long-time MLB second baseman of the same name, and like their namesake they've achieved a bit of a journeyman status. In its original incarnation, Roberto (the improv team) was at Ultimate Improv on the Westside, but have since become weekly regulars at one of the premiere improv spots in LA, iO West. And there is good reason for this, as the team is generally tight, imaginative, and (most importantly) funny.