I-VI: A One-Man Show
I-VI: A One-Man Show
This weekend, Sean Keller, local nerdy comedian and actor, will be starring in I-VI: A One-Man Show at The Bard’s Town. The show promises to be a solo adaptation of the Star Wars Saga (Episodes I-VI), a mix of a play and sketch comedy, where Keller single-handed guides the audience through both trilogies by performing more than 50 characters, aided by a self-recorded Star Wars soundtrack.
“There have been so many different Star Wars projects throughout the years, and I can guarantee that no one has seen one quite like this,” Keller said.
Keller is a Louisville nerd notable for his roles on local web series, Bagged & Bored (read us gush about it), and comedy events, like The Roast of Harry Potter where he played Gandalf the Grey. Sean is known locally for his unique brand of nerdy humor and eerily spot-on vocal impressions.
“I’ve been doing voices and impersonations since I was a kid,” Keller said. “I grew up a huge Star Wars fan and my friends and I would often riff on scenes from the movies — similar to what shows like Robot Chicken & Family Guy have done in the past.”
“Then, I started to research Ross’s show a little bit,” Keller said. “He was doing the original trilogy in 60-75 minutes; no props, no set, just him. I watched a few clips of his show on YouTube and one thing really stuck out to me: 99% of everything that came out of his mouth during his show was verbatim from the scripts of those films. He would crack an occasional joke, but he was basically just doing a very faithful retelling of those films.”
“Star Wars fans know these movies,” he said. “They don’t need an instant replay of events, word-for-word. While Ross’s show was very family friendly, mine is absolutely not. It’s definitely R-rated.”
“While doing a one man show, playing many different characters without costumes and props can certainly be impressive, the goal of my show is to make people laugh,” he said. “That’s what’s most important to me, and what I’m most excited about.”