Ed Trout is a ComedySportz staple. He is co-owner and vice president of Way Cool Productions, Inc. and artistic director of ComedySportz Indianapolis, which will be hosting the 2005 International ComedySportz Tournament. Upcoming projects include some long-form improv shows, and even putting some time toward an original musical. Plus, he is preparing some artwork for juried art shows this spring. Q: What are you reading now?
A: I am currently reading Kushiel’s Dart (epic historic fantasy).
Q: What do you like about the Indy art scene?
A: I like that it is growing. I’m very anxious to see it in about 10 years. I just think there are still far too many people who don’t even know that Indy has an art scene.
Q: What don’t you like?
A: I don’t like that the art scene in Indy still doesn’t do enough to foster young or new talent. There are some great summer young theater programs, and a few venues for the creative soul, but not nearly enough ... yet.
Q: Who’s your inspiration?
A: I am inspired by far too many people to list here. As a child, my biggest single inspiration was Leonardo da Vinci, the universal man.
Q: Drug of choice?
A: Caffeine and comedy.
Q: Who’s your favorite politician?
A: No such thing.
Q: What’s the hardest thing about what you do?
A: In the moment, the hardest thing about what I do is also the easiest — allowing myself to look like a complete idiot and not worry about it. In the long-run, the hardest thing to live with are all of the moments of improvised genius from an incredible ensemble that are only witnessed by those people lucky enough to be on-hand and then are lost to the ages.
Q: Name three people living or dead you’d invite to dinner.
A: Leonardo da Vinci (see above), J.R.R. Tolkien and Stephen Sondheim — now that’s a party!
Q: What’s your favorite TV commercial at the moment?
A: Any commercial that makes me laugh out loud!
Q: Can love be pornographic?
A: I think for those who are in love, it is not; however, when you add in a third party observer, many aspects of love can become pornographic. Things you do in private are private. When you start doing them in public or for the public, your intention is no longer pure. It all comes down to intent and interpretation.