Friday, August 22, 2008

What's in a name?

Well being that we are about to enter into our 7th year in 2009 I can assume that it is too late to change the name of the troupe. However we are considering giving the actual run of the show different names such as "Eight is NEVER Enough Presents....(Name Here)". People are always asking us who came up with the name and why. Well the answer is we are not quite sure. I mean our first show was in December of 2002. We had a gig at Danny's Skylight Room on 46th St. When Walt called and booked the room the booker asked what the name of the show was so that he could put it on the calendar. At the time we had exacly eight people and we had been going back and forth about the amount of cast members and whether it was too many or too little. So at that point Walt just made up that name off the top of his head. After our first performance (Dec 22nd) it just kind of stuck with us. After a year or so of performances at various venues and clubs around the city we decided it was too late to change the name (even though it was confusing people).

We usually run the show with 6 cast members, not 8 and this is what is confusing people. Then one day Walt discovered that if you put the 8 on its side then you get the infinity sign. We discussed it and realized that NOTHING is ever enough. There is always more to learn, more to see, more to do, more to discover in life. This may sound like old wisdom but it is how we run our troupe and how we base our shows. 8 is NEVER Enough because nothing is never enough. More laughter is needed in the world. More smiles and more comedy. That's where we come in.

Eight is NEVER Enough has now played over 2000 public performances and corporate, private parties, school assemblies and college gigs and it is not enough.We have over 20 cast members - some shows playing on the road simultaneously while the resident cast runs shows in NYC. Still not enough. More fun and laughter is wanted and needed.

I think I have written enough - or not enough. What's in a name anyway? The show is what it is. Nothing will change that. It's fun.


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