Are you thinking too much about the suggestion in your improv? Are you having a hard time knowing what to do with it? Here are some suggestions for how to think about the suggestion.Read More
Cassidy is constantly considering becoming a librarian. Every few weeks, she’ll review a different improv book. Get ready to get nerdy.Read More
“I won’t go on stage if THAT PERSON starts a scene.”
Improvisers who say this have their reasons. Some that I’ve heard:
- They always steamroll my ideas.
- They are too weird.
- They don’t do anything.
- They just aren’t good.
Want to know a secret? You might be the problem.Read More
Guys, I’m going to admit something. I’ve been doing longform for almost ten years and sometimes I still get stuck in scenes. Being human is weird. And let’s all just be honest - improv is hard. But we tend to make it harder on ourselves by FREAKING OUT when we feel a little stuck - have you been there? A scene is floundering so you get really loud or you start talking really fast or you just start doing something very very weird for no reason at all or - worst of all - you give up on the scene completely? (You have. Don’t tell me you haven’t.)
So what do you do?Read More
“When do I start getting better?”
“I suck at this.”
“Improv must just not be for me.”
“Everyone else is better than I am.”
“I don’t belong on the stage.”
There are many students and improvisers who get frustrated because they feel they stopped progressing. After only a few years or less of practicing and performing they’ve “plateaued.” I used to feel this way too, and getting better seemed impossible. That really isn’t fair to yourself and is mostly unrealistic.Read More
You don’t have to be doing improv for long before you hear the note, “Show don’t tell.” It’s a great note, but what does it really mean and how do you and your partner pull each other out of that hole when you sense it is happening?Read More