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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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The only way out is through

Life can get pretty messy and complicated and scary at times, can’t it? Just like being in the middle of an improv scene when you aren’t quite sure where it is going. I know every improviser can relate to that … Continue reading

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Words, Words, Words

In any play, movie, story, or improv scene there are two kinds of dialog. One type of dialog forwards the story, the other is atmospheric or basically filler. Dialog that forwards the story is rich with information. The information doesn’t … Continue reading

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Shut up already

Improv can be beautiful and elegant, but it can also be really damn loud. Improvisers are a wordy bunch. Go to almost any show in any city and you can pretty much “watch” whatever improv show with your eyes closed … 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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Surprise me

I’ve been performing improv for a long time. This is my 22nd year of being in an improv troupe. I have done Short Form, Harolds, Theater Sports, created my own long forms, etc, etc, etc. I am not saying this … 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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