Category Archives: Longform vs Shortform

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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Tension

Two couples sit in traffic, idle in their cars discussing various things: where they are going, their children, what’s on the radio. These two improv scenes have the same set up, the same two chairs, and are perhaps even performed … Continue reading

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The twin joys of improv (Or, who do you love?)

There you are. The show is over. The lights are on you. The audience is applauding, hooting, whistling. They loved you. You kicked ass! You are the improv ruler of the universe. Feels good, don’t it? Approval. We all crave … 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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In The Beginning…

In the beginning there was Spolin and Spolin created improv activities. And it was good. They helped seasoned actors explore, and become more real on stage and helped young actors understand how this whole Acting thing worked. And the improviser was born. Then … Continue reading

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Improv books I think are the sh*t

A short list in no particular order: The Improv Handbook – Tom Salinsky and Deborah Frances-White How to Improvise a Full-Length Play – Kenn Adams Impro For Storytellers – Keith Johnstone Acting On Impulse – Carol Hazenfield Improvise – Mick … Continue reading

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