Good Environment Work

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Remember when I used to write about the connection between parenting and improv?

I realized today that Chandler is better at pantomime than most of the improvisers that I perform with. No offense to any fellow improvisers that might be reading this, but it’s true.

Today Chandler and I were playing and he needed some tools to fix his robot. In an improv scene the improviser would probably have pulled those tools out of thin air. It’s one of my biggest pet peeves about improv; improvisers don’t always take the time to do good pantomime or build their environment. So a set of tools might just happen to be floating right next to the improviser, or maybe they were in his hand all along even though they weren’t.

But not with Chandler. As I watched him turn around, pick the spot where he decided they were stored, and then carefully pick out each tool, I couldn’t help but laugh. The kid’s a natural! Granted, once the tools were in his hand, his object work was a little sloppy. But he does a great job creating his environment and knowing that every imagined object has to come from somewhere.

I think he does a better job than most improvisers because unlike an improviser, when he’s acting out a scene he’s not worried about getting a laugh. Improvisers often start to panic if the laughs aren’t constantly flowing, and that causes them to rush through actions that they don’t think will directly get laughs. Chandler, on the other hand, is just playing. He’s acting out very specific and elaborate scenes and taking his time not to miss a single detail.

I might be able to make some money on the side by holding an improv workshop where people just watch us play Ninja Turtles.

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I’m pretty lenient about what will provide a funny post.

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I’m pretty lenient about what will provide a funny post.

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One of the finer things in life…

I want to thank my wife and my son for being such professionals during the filming of this video.

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Laugh Out Loud - Johnny & Jason

My son is absolutely obsessed with Johnny & Jason. With their permission we have recorded a music video to their song Laugh Out Loud. 

How did my son get to be such a rock star? Check back tomorrow for behind the scenes footage of me teaching him how to be a rock star.

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Why does my toddler’s mattress need a 25 Year Warranty? 25 years from now I want nothing to do with this.

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Why does my toddler’s mattress need a 25 Year Warranty? 25 years from now I want nothing to do with this.

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Parenting via sattelite

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Before we headed out for Trick or Treating, Chandler and I had a pre-game cry session. 

From my other  blog, improvisingfatherhood:

“Chandler, can you be Michael Jackson?”

I’m teaching my son the important things in life.

Stuck

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Seconds later there was a moment of panic when Chandler realized he might not ever get his finger back. I finally put the camera down and helped him get unstuck. 

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Daddy got pinched.

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There’s a fine line between being a father and an entertainer. 

The other day we took Chandler to the Zoo. He got to see a lot of great monkeys, including this awesome Orangutan who walked right up to Chandler and sat down in front of him.

Chandler got a little scared as the big animal came at him and he took a few steps back. But I was right there behind Chandler and held him in place assuring him that he was safe. 

Chandler spent several minutes just staring at the Orangutan. It was quite a fascinating moment. 

Later that day I decided to put on another monkey show for Chandler. 

This. So much more of this please.

From my other blog improvisingfatherhood:

My friend Sporkbot, who is an amazing artist and a bit of a celebrity in the Cosplay community, made this for me.

sporkbot asked:

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I’m so sorry



Oh my GOODNESS. Please do not apologize. This is amazing. This is so funny to me. For those of you who don’t know what  you are looking at, this is a mash up of Chandler and I, taken from this photo.



Pretty brilliant. And I want MORE. I invite all of you to take photos from my site and play with them. Put Chandler’s head on my body. Put my head on his body. And of course, as usual, extra points will be awarded if you add a mustache.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the mad skills that Sporkbot has. It can be as professional or amateur as you are capable of. Heck, print the pictures out, cut and paste (literally) them onto each other, and then send me a picture of that picture, if you have to. Just have fun with it. 

Thanks again to Sporkbot for making me laugh this morning.

(You can send your submissions to improvisingfatherhood @ gmail . com or post them yourself and send me the link. Or send them by carrier pigeon.)

The ol’ Pay-Per-View

From my other blog: improvisingfatherhood:

Click here for a copy with blank bubbles. Then you can send your own version to improvisingfatherhood @ gmail . com