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State of the Union – 2019

It has been a while since I’ve written on Improvising Fatherhood, so I thought I’d give a state of the union address to catch you all up to date on what is going on in my world.

The boys are now 9 and 6 years old.

Chandler (9) is fully dedicated to soccer. He still wears a Portland Timbers jersey every day and is playing on a club soccer team. Chandler is in third grade and loves school. He just finished competing in the Oregon Battle of the Books.

Parker (6) is fully dedicated to making giant messes in his room. But those messes are the result of his creative masterpieces. Give that kid some paper, tape, scissors, and a little free time and he’ll create something amazing. Parker is in Kindergarten and loves school too. This summer he’s excited to play baseball for the first time and I’ll be his coach.

I (38) have been performing more comedy than ever. At the Curious Comedy Theater I’m performing almost every week. I am also co-producing a family improv show twice a month at the Curious Comedy Theater that gives kids a chance to get up on stage and perform with the improvisers. Last summer I got to perform in 3 improv festivals in Portland, OR, Chicago, IL, and Austin, TX, with my improv partner Kyle Stebbins doing our unique format, Forward Slash. I have a few other things up my sleeve that I’ll reveal later in the year.

Ashley (?) is still the amazing partner and mom she’s always been. She runs the family business TINT with her mother, where they provide online classes for teachers to earn ongoing education credits. In the last few years Ashley and I have become OBSESSED with escape rooms. We have completed 44 escape rooms together and successfully escaped 42 of them (but one of those losses does NOT count because of operator error…don’t get us started!).

So that’s how we’re doing and what we’re up to. How about you? Leave a comment and let me know what’s going on in your world.


Author: improvisingfatherhood

Nate Smith has been improvising comedy since 1999 and improvising fatherhood since 2009. Nate performs at the Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, OR. Performing improv comedy keeps him young and raising 2 boys is also keeping him young. Nate is Benjamin Buttoning as we speak.

4 thoughts on “State of the Union – 2019”

  1. Hey dude! I was just thinking of you guys the other day! It’s crazy to think I’ve been following since like… Parker was born? Maybe a year or two after that. It’s so good to hear everyone’s still rocking it!

    If you guys do another show in Portland I would love to come see it! I live in Seattle now and I’m about to start a new job at Seattle children’s hospital!

    You’re the best!

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    1. Hey Alan! Congrats on your new job in Seattle. What do you do for the Children’s Hospital?

      I perform every first Thursday and second Friday of the month at 9:30pm at Curious Comedy. And our family improv show, Sunday Funday, is currently every first Sunday of the month (soon it will be first and third Sunday of every month) from 4-5pm. Also, I teach a family improv workshop before Sunday Funday from 2-3:30pm every first Sunday. You can get info on all that at

      Hope to see you sometime!


  2. Welcome Back, Sir!
    I will look forward (again) to more posts! Curious Comedy looks AMAZING after last remodel and can’t wait to visit and see more expansion on current project!
    Peace, Dan


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