How To Save Any Improv Scene

How to Save Any Improv Scene

Can you save any improv scene that's tanking? In a word, yes. Now you can go back to posting inflammatory political comments on Facebook or researching Canadian immigration policies — whatever you’re into. It’s a straightforward question with an equally simple answer. And…

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7 Essential Skills For Being Funny

7 Essential Skills For Being Funny

I am really funny. I am a comedy genius. My comedic brain is the lovechild of Steve Martin and Bill Cosby...hold on...my editor’s telling me not to use Cosby. How about Chris Farley? My comedic brain is the lovechild of…

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Fear The Talking Head

Fear The Talking Head

I hate talking on the phone. You might think it’s because I grew up in a world where texting, instant messaging, and Skype were the norm. But more than that, I have a hard time talking to someone without seeing their…

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Three’s Company: How To Do Group Scenes

Three’s Company: How to Do Group Scenes

Companies love to schedule meetings. Small meetings. Big meetings. Team meetings. Status meetings. Five minute stand up meetings that last ten minutes. Ten-minute sit-down meetings that waste five. Just last week, I had two, hour-long meetings about the same project…

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Stop Doing Your Southern Accent

Accents in improv have always bugged me. Done well, they can add information about your character in a subtle way, but so often, they’re done half-heartedly and become the butt of the joke rather than just another aspect of a…

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Leap Into the Unknown

My trip to the Pacific Northwest last month was my first real vacation in years. I don’t have anything against traveling, but I have a hard time leaving my comfortable surroundings for something less predictable. I love to hate my…

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It’s Fun To Be A Freak

Middle school was a trying time – awkward voice cracks, hair in new places, morons constantly reassuring me that I would hit that growth spurt (still waiting). At the time, I was into some pretty not-cool-for-middle-school stuff like making home…

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The Bat: Improvising In The Dark

This week, I turned the reins over to my good friend and former student, Kristy Meyer, who did some research on the origins of legendary improv form, The Bat, and what makes it so special. She and the rest of…

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Disrespect Your Elders

Despite my intense apathy towards all things athletic, I find myself unable to stop playing sports. During elementary and middle school, my parents threw me into everything from teeball to horseback riding. In high school, I ran cross country. Finally,…

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Stop Creating Problems

I am a champion at making mountains of molehills. I cannot be beat. I have a certification for creating problems that's hanging on my wall. Hell, most days I invent one or two problems for myself before I even get…

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