Talk to your Musical Director

I have written before on the importance of, as improv players, talking to your musical director (MD),as a matter of getting on the same page.   In most cases such chin wagging happens in rehearsal or prior to shows. But there is something else which I personally enjoy, and which I would not mind seeing more often: … Continue reading Talk to your Musical Director

Antifactual Storytelling

  Introduction This post covers a technique that can be used to either create laughs without cracking a joke, as well as to create instant tension. It is called Antifactual Storytelling, and it is based on characters’ opinions, secrets, lies and misunderstandings. The first part of this post covers some theory, but the whole concept … Continue reading Antifactual Storytelling

P-Triple-M: A Musical Improv Format

At VIF2019 in Boston earlier this month I did a workshop on Musical Long Form, followed by 2 performances by the workshop group. We created a fun format that I’d like to share this month. The format is named “Post-Modern Musical Montage” - of if you want to sound hip/cool/exotic, feel free to call it … Continue reading P-Triple-M: A Musical Improv Format

The Circle of Possibilities

Over 2 years ago I did a post on the Circle of Expectations - in that post I mentioned there is very little material to be found on the internet about the term.  Well, there's suddenly more!  Last month Patti Stiles posted 2 videos about the concept - which she prefers to call the "Circle … Continue reading The Circle of Possibilities

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