- Improviser: Can I get a suggestion of the best gift you've ever given or received?
- Audience member: Dildo!
What’s the best piece of improv advice you’ve ever received?
"In improv, being subtle doesn’t work as well as you often hope it will." - Kory Mathewson
From my show this weekend, I have this one specific moment that keeps replaying in my head. There were plenty of laughs in the show, but I have this one scene on a repeating loop right now.
The lights flood over me, obscuring the audience’s faces. With a hint of a smile I maintain eye contact with my scene partner, waiting for the roar of the audience’s laughter to fade, ready to make my next move.
This is where I want to be forever.
Tonight’s show was so friggin good. Sold out house, and they were into to it from the start. Wall to wall laughs. I’m having a hard time sleeping now.
imapippopotamus said: Hey Nate, do you have any advice for improving dialogue? I've recently started playing tabletop RPGs and while I can create a decently strong idea of a character and their mannerisms and motivations I have a hard time coming up with actual dialogue in the middle of playing.
Ha! Awesome. I’m all about using my improv skills to help enhance people’s RPGs.
First of all, if you can take some improv classes, it would help immensely. But here are some things to think about.
That meme I just posted, the Most Interesting Improviser in the World, was inspired by something I was thinking about as I was making up stories for my 5-year-old tonight.
Some nights, when I’m a bit tired, it can be hard to sum up the creative energy to make up a story on the spot. But tonight I really got into using character voices instead of my own voice. Doing this always takes me to a different mental space. I’m no longer myself internally editing what I’m saying as it comes out. I’m almost possessed by this character’s voice.
Some time when you are alone, just talk to yourself as the character. Don’t edit yourself. Just say whatever comes to the top of your head. You can slowly start filtering what you’re saying to be about your RPG.
Another improviser’s trick for better dialogue is to use emotion. Instead of thinking about what your character would say, think about how your character would feel. Let those emotions drive your dialogue.
I hope this helps. I think it’s rad you asked me this.