Category Archives: Improv Games

Wax On, Wax Off

A number of weeks back I wrote about the improv tool set AEIOU. I return to the topic now. After students have learned the basic pieces of AEIOU it is helpful to drill each of these tools individually and then … Continue reading

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Out with the CROW in with the AEIOU

For many years, I taught CROW (Character, Relationship, Objective, Where) to beginning improvisers. This was something that I was originally taught and it seemed good. Unfortunately, teaching CROW — while it sounds like a great way to get scenes off … Continue reading

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Games for the sleep deprived

After my last post – World’s Worst Dad – I received a number of emails from people who were concerned that I was either: Crazy Neurotic Charlie Sheen Many of these messages contained pleasant reminders to relax and affirmations that … Continue reading

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Rules Suck

I took my first improv class more than twenty years ago. I was taught the “rules” the same way you probably were. The “rules” were drilled into me and I followed them for years. The “rules” were what made improv … Continue reading

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A few words on “Yes And” including my conceited opinion

A number of blogs and podcasts have all fed into this post today. It seems like the universe or perhaps synchronicity (The phenomenon, not the great album by the Police – who buys albums anymore? Am I showing my age … Continue reading

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What is the nature of improv?

There are probably as many theories/ideas/concepts about improv as there are improvisers. To my way of thinking, improvisers tend to fall into one of three camps: The Spoliners:  Improv is primarily about being in the moment and getting out of … Continue reading

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The Quest – or why I am a narrative improviser

When improvisers become bored with shortform improv they do one of two things, quit improvising, or begin looking for a different way to improvise. I have done both in the past. At first, when I got tired of shortform, I … Continue reading

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