tuxedollamas asked: Have a full show this Tuesday. Any quick tips?
If you haven’t read ‘Have Something' yet, that's a great place to start.
Other than that, here are some quick tips:
Be specific - Don’t say things like, “Hey honey, I got you a gift…” Make a really specific choice about what the gift is. “Hey honey, I got you a DVD set of the show Wings.”
Take co-ownership of the scene - If your scene partner says, “Hey honey, I got you a gift…” don’t wait for them to tell you what the gift is. They weren’t specific, so now you get to be. Name the gift right away. “A jewel encrusted hunting rifle! Thank you!”
Have fun being wrong - It really doesn’t matter what specific choice you make. If you choose something that doesn’t make sense in the world as we know it, that’s fine because it will make sense in the world you are creating in that scene. So have fun with it! The audience will enjoy watching you be wrong, as long as you are making bold specific choices and not floundering in a haze of ambiguity.
Let me know how it goes!
(Recently I said I’d start writing more about Improv and nobody objected, so here goes. These posts will be tagged #improvthoughts if you want to block them and I’ll use the read more feature so you don’t have a huge block of text on your dash)
Have you ever been having a conversation with your friend, co-worker, doctor, or general family member, while standing in a nondescript room not touching anything or doing anything? Yeah, me neither. And yet, most (bad) improv scenes tend to look like this.
But I think there is a very simple way to combat this problem: Have something.
How many of you are improvisers?
My two favorite notes from Improv rehearsal last night:
"Fuck up and be happy"
"How can I make everyone laugh while being wrong?"
For some reason these messages just spoke to me.