Last week one of LA’s most popular improv shows, Opening Night: The Improvised Musical, welcomed a very special guest to play with them and surprise the audience: Blues Traveler’s John Popper.
Here’s an excerpt on a piece written by Billboard Magazine regarding the night and how it all happened!
Blues Traveler frontman John Popper channeled his improvisational skills in a new direction on Friday in Hollywood, joining as accompanist and actor for Opening Night: The Improvised Musical. The weekly show at iO West, in which plot, songs and dances are completely improvised, has been running for more than a decade and has welcomed guest performers from The Simpsons’ Dan Castellaneta to Breaking Bad’s Matt Jones.
With an audience-generated title of Skinny Lizards, the performers created a surreal song-and-dance narrative of a hardened reptile killer named Sticks Hamilton — played by Popper, who accompanied the show’s pianist on harmonica throughout the proceedings and sang lead and backup on most of the tunes. From his seated perch stage right, he also acquitted himself well as a comedic actor, particularly in scenes opposite troupe member Shulie Cowen, who has appeared on 2 Broke Girls and Parks and Recreation.