For those of you who missed Fools Play Improv last night, you missed something a li’l incredible.
More then 10 years after it went off the air, Under the Mailbox Theater was back! In Fools Play form!
That’s right, John Griffin, host of UtMBT, hosted last night’s episode of Fools Play. There was a mailbox and everyone’s favorite sourpuss, Bill the Mailman. There were even cameos by Mr. Speederbike and the Postmaster General! There were a whole bunch of Fools Play characters who originated in UtMBT, including Jerry the Spy, Horace & Cecil, and Dr. Daniel Poddleoppoly (sp?).
We learned what happened after the show ended: John left the mailbox. He and bill had a falling-out, which caused Bill to go “upriver” and found a utopian society (of, it turned out, paper cutouts of John’s face). Dr. Daniel Poddleoppoly gave John some insightful advice about the situation, including, “You can leave the mailbox but still bring the mailbox with you,” and, “There is a hole inside of you that only a mailbox can fill.”
Bill the Mailman got some sense beat into him (literally) by the Postmaster General, and he and John finally made up after all these years. John concluded by hoping that they helped the audience to find the mailboxes within themselves.
The show was a huge hit. We’d love to be able to perform Fools Play: Under the Mailbox every so often, because it’s a great format. It was totally awesome (dude) to go back and revisit something else that is having its 15th anniversary (!!) this year. Yes, I started performing a weekly, improvised, sketch-comedy stage show AND producing a weekly, scripted, sketch-comedy TV show when I was 15 years old. How the Hell did any of us have time for that?