Straight Blades

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Straight Blades

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Years Active 2011

Straight Blades was an improv duo.


Press Blurb

Their press blurb, taken from a 2011 application to perform at The Hideout Theatre:

Straight Blades play improv the old-fashioned way: by paying attention to the scene and letting it tell them where it wants to go. Kareem Badr (Paralllelogramophonograph) and John Ratliff (The Glamping Trip) know that sometimes the funniest comedy comes from rubbing two straight men together.

"What's Your Deal?"

Their answer to the "What's Your Deal?" question on a 2011 application to perform at The Hideout Theatre:

Basically grounded scenework; in rehearsals it's tended toward monoscenes but we're still exploring.


Here is John Ratliff's explanation of the name's origin:

Kareem and I were rehearsing for a two-person show and I used the phrase "gay blades" in a scene. Afterward he asked me about it because he'd never heard it. To get a suggestion for our next scene, he opened a book I was reading to a page I hadn't gotten to yet and the first words his eyes fell on were "gay blades." We decided to call ourselves Straight Blades because we're straight men in both senses of the term. We assumed that Gay Blades would be too distracting and we were right.