This is a quick episode where I discuss how I didn’t prepare properly for a performance. I’m learning about being mindful in advance of getting on stage.
In the last session for Improv 101 our instructor introduced us to Guessing Games.
These are so much fun to play, and there are some many things happening at the same time.
Typical guessing games:
Party Guests from Who’s Line is it Anyway?
The rules of improv, I guess (see what I did there?)
Yes and - establish the reality
Make your partner look good - I’m starting to understand the depth of this. It’s helping keep the scene alive, and giving your partner something to play off of.
Matt, my partner in my first go at the Interrogation guessing game gave me “Your mom was worried sick, she chewed off all her fingernails” line. I was playing the mom, and he the dad, and we were interrogating our son (Kyle, another student) who had stayed out too late.
That was a great way to make my character look good. A common, or at least understood thing that people under stress do. Plus it has a visual component so was a great cue for me.
I was able to use that and find the game within the game (basically repeating something for affect, usually 3 times). That game in a game is all next level stuff that I’m just starting to grok.
But that’s the point of guessing games. Yes, and establishes the reality, maintain it. Do this by identifying who you and your partners are. Make your partner look good gives them raw material to craft in the performance, and feed back into the relationship.
Managing the keeping the scene alive, character relationships strong, helping your partner guess the right things (again everyone wants him/her to win the game), trying to find the game within the game for the lols. All this is a lot to manage, live, in the moment. It was amazing to perform like this, and I think I’m starting to really understand the acting bits of long form improv.
Shortform is so fast, furious and funny. Long form is that, and storytelling. To me, at least at this point of my education.
In this episode I speak about how I developed an interest in Improv many years ago, and a bit about what’s lead me to start practicing lately. Come, here tales of beer, friends, friends visiting exotic locales, animation, video games, fighting corporate training policies, terrible commutes, and getting away from the computer.
This is an interesting read on boundaries, the positive aspects of being “triggered” and understanding each other in Improv, and elsewhere.
I suppose I’ve “officially” launched this thing. I grabbed the shortform.lol domain, and announced it here on micro.blog and twitter. Yes, and I have no idea what I am doing ;)
A brief description of my first improv jam A great mix of people with various levels of experience. Fun times!
I’m going to my first open improv jam tonight. Excited and nervous. I hope there’s a good turn out and people with varying skill levels. Newbies like me, all the way up to experienced pro’s. I hope I ~don’t~ make a fool of myself.
An introduction to the shortform microcast. Wherein I begin to chronicle my learning and practice of shortform improv comedy.