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
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
Introduction Here are another 2 credos I like to preach: “Don’t Apologize” and “Embrace Mistakes”. If what follows is <tl;dr> just skip to the last section of this post to get to the yummy part of “embracing”. (can you spot the "mistake" in the yummy image below?) Unhooking Let me first introduce the term “unhooking” … Continue reading Don’t Apologize; Embrace “Mistakes”
Introduction Here’s another technique that I would not mind seeing more often on stage: “Endowment”. The Oxford Dictionary definition of endowment is: "to provide with a quality, ability, or asset". As far as I know Keith Johnstone introduced the term into Improv vocabulary in his book "Impro for storytellers" (more on that later). Improv Encyclopedia defines … Continue reading Endowment & Pimping
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
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?