improv & sketch comedy in hawaii
The full band is back to rock you with our never-before heard classics!
OIL is rocking hard in the year of the Dragon, so what better place to do it than The Dragon Upstairs? This cool intimate club is a beautiful setting and you’ll be up close with the rock heroes of your youth.[A more generic press release for the uninitiated follows]
ABOUT the OIL IN THE ALLEY Performance:
OIL IN THE ALLEY were arena rock superstars twenty years ago and now they’re back! That’s the premise—in reality, veteran improvisers R. Kevin Garcia Doyle and Sean T.C. O’Malley improvise all the lyrics of Oil’s ‘classic hits’ backed by Eric Folk on drums, with Brian X on bass (note: this week, Andrew McLellan is filling in on bass for Brian X who will be rockin’ in DC with his band The Suburban Rejects).
It’s like a concert. It’s like an improv comedy show. It’s like nothing else you have ever seen.
OIL will perform a 90-minute set of improvised rock songs with all the trappings. They’ve got great music. They’ve got attitude.
They’ve got a unique show: unlike most improv shows, you won’t see the performers break character or ask for suggestions with an Emcee persona. The show uses Invisible Improv, with song title “suggestions” flowing naturally from the interactions between superstar rockers and you, their superfans.
OIL IN THE ALLEY has performed many times at LaughTrack Theatre, as well as at Mark’s Garage, at the Improvaganza Festival of Improv, at the O’ahu Fringe Festival, and on the Mainstage at the Hawaii Book and Music Festival. OIL IN THE ALLEY began performing in December of 2009.
For more photos and video links, as well as lyrics to songs improvised live onstage, visit the OIL IN THE ALLEY facebook page at
R. Kevin Garcia Doyle (vocals) has been improvising in Hawaii for over twenty years. He was a founding member of Loose Screws and of the Hawaii Shakespeare Festival, and has written, directed and acted in shows for University of Hawaii at Mānoa, Kumu Kahua, Mānoa Valley Theater, All The World’s A Stage and the Honolulu Theater for Youth. Doyle was the director of Loose Screws’ nationally acclaimed “Screwbuki,” which toured to Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle. Professionally, he is the director of the School of the Arts at Mid-Pacific Institute.
Sean T.C. O’Malley (vocals, electric guitar) is a Philadelphia-born improviser, musician, and playwright who has lived in Honolulu for twenty years. During his 17-year stint as a founding member of improv group Loose Screws, he directed an improvised full-length musical, “Loose Screws Sing!?!” and was featured on shamisen in the nationally acclaimed improvised Kabuki, “Screwbuki.” He’s composed musical scores for theatrical works as diverse as Euripedes’ The Trojan Women and Lee Cataluna’s Ulua: The Musical. His theatrical scripts have been performed at Kumu Kahua Theatre (Island Skin Songs, To the Last Hawaiian Soldier), the University of Hawaii at Mānoa (Politicians, Elections, and Other Obscenities) and Honolulu Theatre for Youth.
Eric Folk (drums) plays skins for The Kaimana Band, The Eric Lee Band, and Honolulu crowd favorite Family Dinner.
Bri X (bass) has played rock’n’roll since the 80s with too many bands you’ve never heard of.
Sean and R. have been improvising together since 1993. Eric and Sean played together in a country band called “The Sleepin’ Dogs” in 2000. Bri and Sean played together in a band in the early 80s in Washington, DC.