"What’s not fictional is the real-life talent and experience of the entertainers. This unique simulate-and-stimulate formula gets the audience laughing and clapping along like true longtime fans."
– Honolulu Weekly
Oil in the Alley
Friday, February 17, 10:30pm, at Second Stage
Saturday, February 18, 10:30pm, at Jet City Improv
About the Show
OIL IN THE ALLEY is a unique music act which features original rock music along with polished improvisational humor. The concept is that the band was a hugely famous megasuperstar arena rock act 20 years ago and has now hit the road on a Reunion Tour comeback attempt. In performance, the members of the band are always in character; there is no “improviser host” persona asking for suggestions. Instead, the rockers extract ideas for song titles from talking with their megafans in the audience and using ideas from clothing, turns of phrase, and anything else to inspire a song. They then extemporaneously create completely new lyrics to an original rock song as if it were a “Classic” Oil in the Alley hit from their heyday. The act takes advantage of the humor of the rock life but does not parody any particular musicians or spoof identifiable songs.
We're especially proud of the "invisible improv" angle of our performance. We never break character and don't get ask-fors in the traditional way. We also treat the audience as co-conspirators - its their commitment to the role of superfans that makes us superstars. At least in Honolulu, we are the only improvised music act and the only group that improvises a rock concert.
About the Group
Sean T.C. O’Malley (lead improvised vocals and electric guitar). Sean has been part of the improv scene in Honolulu for 20 years, participating in hundreds of shows including critically acclaimed and award-winning shows that performed invited gigs at Improv Festivals in Chicago and Seattle. He has written and performed music for the theatre in many genres, and spent five years in Austin Texas, where he honed his singer/songwriter skills (he writes most of OIL’s music). Sean is also the booking manager for the band.
R. Kevin Garcia Doyle (lead improvised vocals). “R.” has shared the stage with Sean in many improv shows over the last 20 years as the leader of the group Loose Screws, and it was his creative spark that inspired their most successful touring show, Screwbuki.
Both Sean and R. are also part of On The Spot's production of Screwbuki (also performing at SFIT this year).
Bri X (bass guitar). Bri is a close friend and musical collaborator of Sean’s; they have been playing music together off and on for thirty years. Bri writes some of the band’s music, and was a songwriter and performer with several hard rock bands throughout the 80s and 90s.
Oil has been around for six years now and has played at many different venues in Honolulu - both comedy venues, music venues, parties and radio stations. We were featured twice at the Hawaii Festival of Improvisation (three times if you count our alternate incarnation as country music stars, Country Matters). Our 2015 album 'Sacred Snail' was nominated for a Na Hoku award (the local music "Grammy" awards) in the category of best comedy recording. We have a ton of press and a handful of music videos we can share.
Currently, we perform every other month or so at The Pagoda and do other gigs as our schedule allows. We just played a gig at The Magnet theatre in New York City, which was a sort of romantic dream come true for us.