How About We Add “Agreeability” to Our Improv Vocabulary?

To get to the meat of the matter of this blog post: I am wondering whether it would be a good idea to add the notion of “agreeability” to our improv vocabulary.  The definition of agreeability (for this blog post) is twofold: The extent to which a player is able to find agreement with other … Continue reading How About We Add “Agreeability” to Our Improv Vocabulary?

Playing to the Top of Your Intelligence

Introduction Last month I wrote about how the advice "be more boring" / "be more obvious" / "be less original" makes sense to me - be it after playing improv for 20+ years.  Here's another widely used piece of advice: "play to the top of your intelligence" - and that sounds kind of contradictory to … Continue reading Playing to the Top of Your Intelligence

Obviousness

Introduction "Be more obvious" (or "be less original") and "be more boring" are 2 famous phrases by Keith Johnstone - I picked up these phrases almost 20 years ago.  Back then I had trouble understanding them:  I would be seeing great improv, and marvel at the "originality" of what the performers pulled out of their … Continue reading Obviousness

Improv Sandpaper

Introduction In this post I’d like to talk about a term I often use when I teach workshops: “sandpaper”. It’s a metaphor, and it refers to the following: if you rub sandpaper over your skin, you’ll get a painful, burning sensation. It is impossible not to feel the ache of a sandpaper burn. I would … Continue reading Improv Sandpaper

The Dark Side: Can & Should Improv Go There?

  Introduction At a recent international festival I happened to stumble into several discussions, with different groups of people, about taboos in improv, on whether e.g. minorities should (or should not) be portrayed on stage, and if so, how, or whether & how touchy or dark subjects should be addressed in improv. It so happens … Continue reading The Dark Side: Can & Should Improv Go There?