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  • "BP & the Conspiracy of Ami Trowell" - my This! magazine article

    “BP & the Conspiracy of Ami Trowell”

    (This! - May/June issue)

    Who is Ami Trowell? Well, for one thing, she’s a woman who can’t spell her own name correctly. I’m pretty sure it’s “Amy”, and Microsoft Word agrees. But, being a good friend, I’m putting my faith in Ami’s hands because I bruise like a peach.

    Ami Trowell is the Creative Director and fellow cast member of the professional improv troupe Big Lick Conspiracy. She joined in 2008 after stumbling upon an improvisation workshop. The chemistry was instantaneous and, founding member, Robb Rouse brought her aboard. Six years later, most of the troupe at that time decided to pursue other projects. Ami assumed leadership and successfully
    assembled the next generation of “conspirators”.

    Regularly performing to sell out shows, its clear Ami has a knack for improvisational comedy. Ami honed her techniques at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta and at The Second City. Her stage presence is reminiscent of comedic greats like Carol Burnett and/or Lucille Ball. Having the good fortune to work and play with Ami, I can confidently say everyone likes her more. No joke! I’m 93% sure she’s the reason my ex hung around me as long as he did.

    When asked what makes a good improviser, Ami said, “Some people have a tendency to over-manage a scene. The best thing you can do is let go.” And then she rambled on about being a good listener or something for what felt like forever. Once I re-engaged in the conversation, I shifted focus to the audience. Audience participation is a crucial factor in Big Lick Conspiracy shows. The best suggestions are honest and real. “Yes, boobies’ is a funny word, but we like a challenge,” Ami said proudly. It should be noted that my 7-year-old mentality is still chuckling over “boobies”.

    One rule Ami is hell-bent on, no alcoholic consumption before a show. As a current member of the Big Lick Conspiracy, this is how that rule comes across to me: bold and underlined. It is my feeling that sometimes you need to take the edge off. However, Ami disagrees. Again, my inner 7-year-old chimes in with a 15-minute long, “why”? Ami just stares me dead in the eye and utters, “There was an incident”. She is always referencing this undisclosed “incident”. Knowing Ami as well as I do, my theory is that uninvited nudity was involved.

    Ami is currently hard at work canvassing the Roanoke Valley. She’s made over a thousand flyers promoting Big Lick Conspiracy’s upcoming shows because she forgot her Facebook password. Technology is not her strongest skill.

    Check out Ami and the rest of the Big Lick Conspiracy at Corned Beef and Company, downtown Roanoke.

    • Saturday, May 21st
    • Saturday, June 25th
    • Saturday, September 10th
    • Saturday, October 8th

    Tickets are $10 in advance or, if you feel like living on the edge, its $12 at the door. Shows start at 7, but doors open at 6 and are typically 2 hours in length with a 15-minute intermission. For more information, visit