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A tribute to comic Carlos Giron, 1975-2018

Carlos Giron, an improvisational comedian, is fondly remembered for his joyous spirit and ability to have the room broken in laughter 

LOL: Giron once again has the crowd in love
 

“Forget about the crowd, let’s just try to make each other laugh.”

Those were the words he said to me as we waited to be called to the stage at Whole World Improv Theater. We were about to begin the second half of a show in front of a sold out crowd of super sober, stunningly silent and staring accountants. To say that the crowd was NOT impressed with our improv comedy so far would be a vast understatement. Each second beneath the spotlight felt like a month. Throwing a joke into that crowd was like dropping a rock into an empty well and never hearing a splash. But Carlos Giron was among the best we had. A talent like no other. And while we may not win the night, we could at least have some fun with each other. So that’s what we did. We entered the scene with the sole intent of making the other person break character and fall into a rage of laughter.

Carlos won. He got me with his Hunchback of Notre Dame character.

His body all coiled up, his face twisted into an ungodly shape staring directly into mine, and his voice sounding like he had swallowed a tiny, speeding Yamaha crotch-rocket motorcycle - with a wail that was as high as it was low. I tried to hold it in, but the laughter burst from my belly like a geyser. Joke was on Carlos though, because he got a facefull of that weird spittle that happens when you try to hold in a laugh and it finally explodes from your pinched lips.

And the crowd went wild. Carlos broke me, and and he took the crowd down too. A master.

Carlos Giron passed away unexpectedly over the weekend.

The memory of that moment, and many many more like it is something that I’ll carry with me forever. Carlos was an improvisational wizard. His Joe Pesci impression was better than Joe Pesci himself. He was a MONSTER with movie trivia. Do a YouTube search of “Carlos Giron, Who Wants to Be A Millionaire” and you’ll see. You’ll also see Meredith Viera do what everyone did when they met Carlos- fall in love with him. Carlos hated strawberries. He loved puns. He was humble, and would hate that I’m writing this. He was the son of immigrants and he loved his family entirely. He was self deprecating. Put simply, Carlos made this world a better place.

And if you happened to catch a show at Whole World Theater over the past 8 years or so, you probably saw him. And he probably made you laugh until your cheeks hurt. And he probably made you spit out your wine when you thought it was safe to take a sip. And you probably had a the chance to meet him in the lobby after the show, because he loved to meet the people he shared his gift with. And you probably gushed and said how funny he was, and he probably got embarrassed and humble and quiet. And you probably did what Meredith Viera, and myself, and a million other people have done in the presence of such a presence.

You probably fell in love with him.

Carlos' family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Whole World Improv Theatre in his name.

 



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Corbitt, an Atlanta native and a John Grisham fellow teaches fiction and non-fiction creative writing at Kennesaw State University located in Cobb County, Georgia. Her first novel, Rules For Lying, was released in September 2016. You can learn more about Anne Corbitt from her website, www.annecorbitt.com.

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 How did this project get started?

Anne Corbitt: My first novel came out last September. I was busy at work on the next one and hit a patch so needed to work on something else. I needed a new way of thinking about what I was working on. I’ve always loved mysteries and I love Atlanta, so I thought it would be fun to create a project that people in Atlanta could get into.

What inspired you to create this unusual project?

AC: I wanted there to be audience engagement.  There are clues in the stories, but we also have clues hidden all over the city with picture clues we uploaded. We wanted a place where people could look at everything we put out there – all the pictures, all the chapters – a hub where people could jump in at any time and catch up and engage themselves.

How was the response to the project?

AC: At last count it was nearly 3,500 unique visitors, which blows my mind! It’s so cool to see so many people are engaging in this project. It has been a great inaugural run, considering we had no model and we ended up having “superfans,” which is really cool!

Is it a scavenger hunt?

AC: No, its not a scavenger hunt – this is about fiction. I’m creating a world, so this is more like a public arts project. I wanted it to be engaging and have people do stuff, but I want it to be good writing that is engaging as well. You can have a scavenger hunt with just clues, but it doesn’t have a larger story, it’s the fiction that sets it apart – it’s a good story, not just a game.

What is your fascination with mysteries?

AC: I find them cozy and comforting. I live the puzzle. I like trying to figure things out and I admire the plotting – the work it takes to go into a mystery. Things that come up early have to tie up and work in some way without advertising it too much. I love the sense that someone is building a puzzle for me and me trying to figure it out – its fun!

The website design is very simple

AC: We did that on purpose. The plan for next season will be different and easier to navigate. We wanted it to be so simple we needed something that was very clean and very easy to navigate around it. Graphic designers created the logo and the overall look of it.

Nick Tapp: With an uber complex promotion like ATL Mysteries, I knew we needed a site that was easy to update on the fly, but could also communicate complex concepts in a simple way. Unfortunately, I am definitely NOT a web designer, so I turned to Squarespace because they truly make it easy to execute on your visions when your aptitude comes up short. I used a pre-built template provided by Squarespace and simply “painted by numbers” to create a site that did everything I wanted it to. 

You used Squarespace to build and host the site.

NT: Yes, I did. Thankfully! I’d used Squarespace on a few other projects I’ve worked on in the past, so as the concept for the promotion became clear and it became apparent that we’d need to make daily updates, I knew that Squarespace was the ONLY option we had to execute the promotion with excellence. One thing I didn’t realize when we started, was how easy Squarespace made it to find detailed analytics on your site. That functionality is beyond compare … seriously, it’s so easy it’s almost fun to use. 

The ATL Mysteries was updated daily, what were some of the challenges?

NT: As with anything that requires a team that is working independently on multiple different pieces of the same puzzle, a clean and efficient process is paramount. With this, we used Slack for internal team communications, and had different channels for Anne’s chapters, the graphic designs, and social media strategies. I pulled form those channels and was able to easily execute them on the Squarespace website. Nothing is worse than knowing what needs to be done, and not knowing how to do it. Especially when thousands of people are awaiting and analyzing every bit of information you put out.

AC: We upload chapters early morning and I would use the Squarespace site to make the edits. The interface was easy to use and makes it simple to update in seconds.

Finally, what can you tell me about season two?

AC: I’ll just say the Elliot in season one and many of the beloved characters from this season are not gone for good. The rest of it will be a surprise. Closer to summer 2018, there may be some teasers so stay tuned.Go to Squarespace and use coupon code CREATIVELOAFING for 10 percent off your first purchase."
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 __How did this project get started?__

__Anne Corbitt:__ My first novel came out last September. I was busy at work on the next one and hit a patch so needed to work on something else. I needed a new way of thinking about what I was working on. I’ve always loved mysteries and I love Atlanta, so I thought it would be fun to create a project that people in Atlanta could get into.

__What inspired you to create this unusual project?__

__AC:__ I wanted there to be audience engagement.  There are clues in the stories, but we also have clues hidden all over the city with picture clues we uploaded. We wanted a place where people could look at everything we put out there – all the pictures, all the chapters – a hub where people could jump in at any time and catch up and engage themselves.

__How was the response to the project?__

__AC:__ At last count it was nearly 3,500 unique visitors, which blows my mind! It’s so cool to see so many people are engaging in this project. It has been a great inaugural run, considering we had no model and we ended up having “superfans,” which is really cool!

__Is it a scavenger hunt?__

__AC:__ No, its not a scavenger hunt – this is about fiction. I’m creating a world, so this is more like a public arts project. I wanted it to be engaging and have people do stuff, but I want it to be good writing that is engaging as well. You can have a scavenger hunt with just clues, but it doesn’t have a larger story, it’s the fiction that sets it apart – it’s a good story, not just a game.

__What is your fascination with mysteries?__

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__The website design is very simple__

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__You used Squarespace to build and host the site.__

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__The ATL Mysteries was updated daily, what were some of the challenges?__

__NT: __As with anything that requires a team that is working independently on multiple different pieces of the same puzzle, a clean and efficient process is paramount. With this, we used Slack for internal team communications, and had different channels for Anne’s chapters, the graphic designs, and social media strategies. I pulled form those channels and was able to easily execute them on the [https://ad.doubleclick.net/ddm/trackclk/N718679.132477CREATIVELOAFING.CO/B20277487.204770376;dc_trk_aid=404550088;dc_trk_cid=92635822;dc_lat=;dc_rdid=;tag_for_child_directed_treatment=|Squarespace] website. Nothing is worse than knowing what needs to be done, and not knowing how to do it. Especially when thousands of people are awaiting and analyzing every bit of information you put out.

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__Finally, what can you tell me about season two?__

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Recently we sat down with Corbitt and CL’s marketing director, Nick Tapp to discuss the genesis of the project and how Tapp utilized Squarespace to build and manage ATLMysteries.com.


 How did this project get started?

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What inspired you to create this unusual project?

AC: I wanted there to be audience engagement.  There are clues in the stories, but we also have clues hidden all over the city with picture clues we uploaded. We wanted a place where people could look at everything we put out there – all the pictures, all the chapters – a hub where people could jump in at any time and catch up and engage themselves.

How was the response to the project?

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Is it a scavenger hunt?

AC: No, its not a scavenger hunt – this is about fiction. I’m creating a world, so this is more like a public arts project. I wanted it to be engaging and have people do stuff, but I want it to be good writing that is engaging as well. You can have a scavenger hunt with just clues, but it doesn’t have a larger story, it’s the fiction that sets it apart – it’s a good story, not just a game.

What is your fascination with mysteries?

AC: I find them cozy and comforting. I live the puzzle. I like trying to figure things out and I admire the plotting – the work it takes to go into a mystery. Things that come up early have to tie up and work in some way without advertising it too much. I love the sense that someone is building a puzzle for me and me trying to figure it out – its fun!

The website design is very simple

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You used Squarespace to build and host the site.

NT: Yes, I did. Thankfully! I’d used Squarespace on a few other projects I’ve worked on in the past, so as the concept for the promotion became clear and it became apparent that we’d need to make daily updates, I knew that Squarespace was the ONLY option we had to execute the promotion with excellence. One thing I didn’t realize when we started, was how easy Squarespace made it to find detailed analytics on your site. That functionality is beyond compare … seriously, it’s so easy it’s almost fun to use. 

The ATL Mysteries was updated daily, what were some of the challenges?

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Finally, what can you tell me about season two?

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