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Meet Bev Bailey and Matt Gottlieb of Pitch, Please! in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bev Bailey and Matt Gottlieb. Bev, Matt and their team share their story with us below.

Please kick things off for us with some background.
Bev and Matt met in Chicago in 2008 while performing with another improv group. In 2014, after hundreds of improv shows together, Bev & Matt had a crazy idea to start an a cappella musical improv group that takes traditional structured musical style and marry it with the latest craze….a cappella. Also, Pitch Perfect was everywhere so you could not speak to Bev without her saying “aca” in front of most expressions. Matt was… annoyed. They called their new group Pitch, Please! and did two successful runs of the show while still in Chicago.

After we both moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, we took a few months off and relaunched Pitch, Please! with an LA cast. After a successful run at the Complex Theater and performances at a number of theaters around town, we found a home in North Hollywood at The Actor’s Collective, where we have been the house team for two years. Our performances are the last Saturday of every month at 8 pm and the show is called FULL. Why? Well, we give the audience snacks and drinks, and we give all of our guest improv groups a full set, which leaves everyone, ideally… full.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Improv is quite the saturated market in Los Angeles, so finding an audience, especially a paid audience, can be difficult at times. Our show, as most other shows, is pay-what-you-can, but we have still managed to (mostly) pay our theatre rental bills with our monthly shows. Fortunately, we do this show because we love to do improv, not because we’re trying to make a buck.

Doing something because of passion rather that profit is really special and I think something we are lucky to have a lot of in LA.  We have the other side as well, but there are a lot of talented, passionate people in LA that make the city a really special place. So, what else should we know about Pitch, Please?
Pitch, Please! creates a fully improvised, a cappella, one-act musical out of thin air. Armed with a single suggestion from the audience, Pitch, Please! delves into scenes, songs, dance breaks, heartbreaks and character breaks all without the help of a piano. When it comes time to sing, the improvisers on stage create all the accompaniment they need with their own vocal cords, laying down bass lines, melodies, harmonies, ooo’s, ahhhhhh’s, and beats on the spot.

What sets us apart is this: music improv is difficult. A cappella is difficult. We put two difficult things together and have a great time doing it!

Our main goal is to create a fun experience for the audience and our fellow improvisers, but we are most proud when someone curses our names days after a show because we got a song (that we made up on the spot) stuck in their head on repeat.

Team members are Bev Bailey, John David DeFour, Matt Gottlieb, Casey Lawrence, Tess McCarthy, Leslie Nesbit.

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