Great show last night at the UCB Cagematch from both Convoy and Heather & Miles. Winning an audience-decided improv contest 45 shows in a row. Cheers to the Heather & Miles era!
Heather & Miles (Heather Campbell, Miles Stroth) have officially broken the record for consecutive cagematch wins at UCBTLA. Last night, they competed against the previous record holders Convoy (Alex Fernie, Alex Berg, Todd Fasen), earning win #45.
This has been truly an amazing run of shows and I love that the improv community has really embraced them. Miles went from teaching a class or two to now teaching 5 classes a week (!). Some of these cagematches have sold out in less than 30 seconds. Even on days where they don’t announce the time the reservations will be released. That’s nuts!
The big question is: what’s next? There’s no more gauntlets (where they have to play past champions) and there’s almost no one left for them to play; they’ve played nearly every UCB regular. Recent shows even brought giants like The Swarm and Derrick for fuck’s sake. I wonder if it’s possible that they’d retire the cagematch (or be asked to retire)? I hope not. I don’t know what it’d take to beat them, but I’d like to see them lose fair and square. I think there’s still a handful of teams that deserve a shot (Murdercliff and recent Improv Prize Fight tournament winners 3 Step spring to mind, along with regulars like Hot Sauce and Shitty Jobs). But maybe it’s not possible, given their following at this point, and the fact that Heather & Miles does not have another show.
And that’s the other thing, I hope they get a show out of this. I don’t know what the rules are for that, but I’d love to see Heather & Miles get at least a monthly show at UCB and expand from there, if need be. Miles said him and Heather used to do their show for an hour long, at iO; I’d love to see that!
In any event, it’s been an awesome year of cagematches so far. To me, there are very, very few teams who operate at the level of technical proficiency and sheer outrageousness that they do. Some of these shows they do are not just perfect, they’re above and beyond perfect. I’ve seen them play 8 or 9 characters in a 3 minute scene, I’ve seen their sets explode into movie form, I’ve seen both of them play high and low status, straight and absurd, normal people and weirdos, and then those callbacks. No one does callbacks like them. It’s been a great, great year from them.
And as good as it’s been, I’m excited to see their post record-break shows. I’d love to see them experiment and get weird and try new forms. I just love this team.
Congrats, Heather & Miles!