On Friday, September 13, 2013, actor Romany Malco was featured in the Hip Hop improv show, TAKE IT PERSONAL presented by Hot 97’s Cipha Sounds and Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB), the top improv theater and school in NYC. Improvisers from Cipha Sounds’ team “A Tribe Called YES” (Lydia Hensler, Phil Jackson, Shaun Diston, Natasha Rothwell, Christian Capozzoli, and Cipha Sounds) reenacted stories originally told by Romany.
During the show, Romany shared a story about how his mother kidnapped him and then how he kidnapped his siblings as well as a hit and run episode involving his father. “The Hip Hop improv show is getting bigger and bigger. Now we get famous actors and comedians to bless the stage. But they still have to have that hip hop element. Romany Malco was in a rap group and was MC Skat Kat in the Paula Abdul video, and we all gibberish rap from Hanniball,” said Cipha Sounds, “We so turnt up!”
TAKE IT PERSONAL will consist of famous hip hop artists either performing monologues, sharing personal stories, performing their songs, or being interviewed on their lives for source material. A group of talented improvisers will then use that material to create a totally made up show. You will be amazed on how the hip hop artist’s story is brought to life right in front of your eyes. “Watching an improv show is like seeing someone walk over the tight rope without the net… But way funnier,” said Cipha Sounds.
Special Guests included comedian Hannibal Buress, Keith Nelson of HipHop.com, Shamara McKoy, Jakk Doe, and Willy Dope of Par-City .