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Chorus Lines: Straight No Chaser
Which member has a podcast? Is a family man? Loves his dog? The boys of the IU-born a cappella group chime in.
“Don had this massive afro [in college]. Big, round, orange—like Push Pop orange. It was awesome.” [And actually red.]
“Steve sleeps like five hours a night and wants to work out like twice the next day. He doesn’t even drink coffee. He’s just a natural-energy kind of guy.”
“Randy is a super techno-geek. The moment something happens, somebody says, ‘Oh man, did we record that?’ And they’ll say, ‘Don’t worry, Randy’s already got it on the Internet.’”
“Charlie sings bass like me, so everyone likes to make jokes about the fact that we sing very few words. Usually we’re singing doos and das and bums and things.”
“Jerome was obsessed with The Sound of Music as a kid. He’d go all over his house doing all the songs. We always joke that he was spinning like Maria in his yard.”
“Every joke that Seggie says, Tyler will laugh at it. Even if it isn’t funny.”
“If there’s a phobia for being late, Seggie has it. He’ll set his phone alarm and the hotel’s alarm clock and get a wake-up call.”
“A good way to sum up Walt is a short story, long. He’ll take a story that is supposed to be five or six words and make it into a 200-word, double-spaced essay.”
“Mike’s the heartthrob; he’s the looker. We’ve got this ongoing joke. After every show, we do a signing line and photos. There’s another line of girls who want their picture with just Mike.”
“Walt has a podcast. It’s called The Chase. Ryan Ahlwardt, a former group member, has a segment where he emulates the lead singer of Coldplay. It’s really funny.”
“D.R. [David Roberts] is obsessed with his dog. He created a Twitter account for him [@rileyrobertsdog]. He talks to him in baby voices. He’ll get on FaceTime with the dog, as well.”
This article appeared in the December 2013 issue.