Live, at the Cliburn Improv

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We always like it when steadfast stage announcer Steve Cumming strays from the script and infuses a little personality and levity into the proceedings. (Who can forget his 2009 Shakespearean soliloquy on how to properly cough into one’s sleeve?)

He does, after all, have to announce 96 performances during these 17 days of competition. That’s 96 pre-performance warnings to turn off cellphones and pagers.

Pagers, of course, being the ancient communication devices popular in 1993 with doctors, yuppies and drug dealers before our 19- and 20-year-old competitors were even alive.

So we found quite charming Steve’s humorous Sunday morning “silence your ...” statement that went like this:

“Please silence your cellphones. And if you have a pager, you probably need new technology.”

The audience giggled, and so did we.

We’ve heard, though, that competition higher-ups would prefer that he stay on script for the next 73 performances.

— Andrew Marton, Special to the Star-Telegram

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