We had the good fortune of connecting with David Raftery and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
My favorite quote is from Robin Williams, “The world is open for play, that everything and everybody is mockable, in a wonderful way.” To me, it means we need to remember to not take life so seriously, to find joy in the mundane and appreciate the world around us. Play invites collaboration, positivity and creativity.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The Bridge Improv Theater is very unique – we offer clean, aka family friendly comedy, and we’re proud to say that adults will appreciate the humor we produce just as much as children will. We like to say our comedy is “Clean and Clever,” or like a Pixar movie – great for both kids and adults.
On top of being clean, we combine different styles of improv comedy – meaning our performers play with both short-form and long-form improv within a single hour-and-a-half show.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
To show a visiting friend a great time we would adventure through a variety of my personal favorites of Phoenix valley’s hot spots, including: First Friday, Sweet Republic, Johnny’s Burgers and Dogs, Papago Park, the Salt River, and of course our improv theater!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to Travis Johnson, my business partner and co-owner of The Bridge Improv Theater. Without him, the theater wouldn’t exist. He is not only our major investor, but he literally built the theater with his partner Ray. We are also incredibly lucky he is an improv veteran!