Well-Round Yourself by Katie Nunn

Guest Post By Katie Nunn If you haven't had the chance, be sure to check out my short interview about improv and breaking out of your comfort zone on the Treehouse Lifestyle Podcast. When I was a tot, I learned…

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4 Ways To Make Auditions Suck Less

Over the last few years, the St. Louis improv community has been growing and growing, which is fortunate for several reasons (number one being that it makes these interviews easier). Each new Level 1 class at The Improv Shop gets…

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On Three Scene Types

This week, I wasn’t able to post an interview, but hopefully I can make it up to you! It’s Tuesday after all. And since Tuesdays on I’m Making All This Up are all about improv and improvisers, I thought I’d…

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Are You An Improvert?

Are You An Improvert?

Special thanks to Katie Cook for writing this week’s Friday post. You can check out last week’s post on Exproverts here for the other side of the story. I’ve always lived inside my head. It’s not that I can’t socialize and…

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Improv for Extroverts

This is the first in a two-part series about extroverts and introverts in improvisation. The second part, written by Katie Cook, will be coming soon.

The first step is admitting that you have a problem. So here I am, admitting I have a problem.

I like to talk. I like to be the center of attention. I am an attention whore.

I always knew it was bad, but I didn’t know how bad until a few a weeks ago. My friend (let’s call her Claire) and I were going to take a new girl to lunch for her first day. Unfortunately, some meeting came up and Claire had to bail.

“Claire. What are we going to do without you?” I said. She looked right at the new girl and told her, “This is going to be really easy for you. Ben’s going to over share, probably tell you way too much about his love life, and you’re just going to sit there and nod at the appropriate points and he’ll like you. It’ll all be over soon.” And Claire left to go to her meeting.

I know there are other improvisers out there suffering from this disease – attention whoreism. It’s why we come to the stage. In our day-to-day lives, people are just trying to get us to shut the hell up. But at an improv show, people are literally paying to listen to what we have to say. Could it get any better than that?

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How to Make Your Harolds More Inspired

This week, I asked John Langen, improviser, teacher, director, and writer to guest post on my blog. You can check him out at The Improv Shop or on his blog, John Langen Improvises. Thanks for your post, John! 1. Ask the audience for…

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On Building Character

When I was younger, my dad was incredibly strict. In order to play N64 for 30 minutes, I had to read for 30 minutes. If I didn’t get A’s or B’s, I couldn’t go out that weekend. If I didn’t chew with my mouth closed at the dinner table, I got a 10-minute lecture. He had high expectations. He raised his voice a lot.

But what I couldn’t understand was that, despite being sort of an asshole at home, my dad was wildly popular among his friends, especially the ladies. I couldn’t figure out what they saw in this douchey, stern man.

What I didn’t understand at the time was that we all have different personas, different character archetypes, we inhabit depending on the social situation.

For instance, there’s obnoxious improviser Ben, professional businessman Ben, quiet and overly-sarcastic family Ben, romantic boyfriend Ben, bro-y out with the guys Ben, and even self-deprecating writer Ben.

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And since we’re so good at automatically switching our persona based on context as it is, I often recommend that improvisers should just play themselves + 10%.

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