Take One was created in 2007 when Cory J. Philips refused to stop improvising just because school was ending. Since then, Cory has continuously developed and recruited his team based, not only on talent, but also on passion, interests, and pursuits; building more than just a troupe of funny, skilled improvisers, he also created a community of collaborators eager to work on one another’s projects instead of focusing solely on individual accomplishments.
Whether the project is a Doctor Who fan series, improvised anime dubs, sketch comedies based on video game series, or even a feature-length film, Take One Productions is intent on making dreams and creative ideas a reality.
Still, at its core, Take One is an improv troupe. Though well-versed in both short and long form improvisation, Take One has focused on developing a new and dynamic short-form show featuring unique and energetic games that seek to find the funny in fandom.
It’s like watching Whose Line Is It Anyway? but if the cast was made up of your favorite video game characters, an obscure anime, and a bunch of pop culture references, all hosted by a meme. Take One players quickly make each show a celebration of weirdness and absurdity with audience-engaging games, and extensive nerd-knowledge.
It is this type of diverse and frenetic play that has allowed Take One Improv to grow from doing free local shows to being booked to pack rooms at conventions nationwide, as well as foster a loyal fan base that is as enthusiastic and quirky as the members of Take One, themselves.