1-Minute Tips: John Langen

Excerpt shared from immakingallthisup.com // Author: Ben Noble John Langen takes the lessons he’s learned from the art form and applies them to his life. He is kind and caring. He makes everyone else look good. He gives freely. He truly listens. Next time you see him, ask him for a story. You’ll probably learn something. But for… Continue reading

1 Minute Tips: Melanie Penn

Excerpt shared from immakingallthisup.com // Author: Ben Noble No matter what’s going on in her life, Melanie Penn is always a beacon of positivity. She is a great teacher, an awesome friend, and has a few tidbits to share that may leave you inspired! #1. Don’t beat yourself up about your choices. You’ll continue to do bad scenes… Continue reading

Reality Is So Basic

Author: Thom Murray of IS Harold Team Glass Shark Who are we, where are we, what are we doing, and how do we feel. These are the four questions every improviser languishes over at the top of their scenes. To ask a performer to organically discover the life and relationship-status of a group, cooperatively and simultaneously,… Continue reading

1 Minute Tips: Andy Sloey

Excerpt shared from immakingallthisup.com // Author: Ben Noble It’s no secret that Andy Sloey is top-notch. He plays openly and from the heart. He eagerly encourages new players and shares supportive words with more seasoned veterans. He truly wants to see everyone succeed. And with that, here are a few quick tips he shared for those just starting… Continue reading

It Depends: The Suggestion

Welcome to It Depends, an ongoing series where Ben examines two competing sides of an improv concept. There is no championship belt at the end – just the joy of learning. // Author: Ben Noble An improv show cannot start without addressing the audience suggestion. Whether that means an expertly crafted solicitation (like asking for… Continue reading

Kanye Tweets That Are Also Good Improv Advice

Originally Posted on yeslabyrinth.tumblr.com // Author: Bobby McCosky Try to avoid any contractual situation where you are held back from your ideas. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) See. Even Kanye knows that your transaction scene isn’t about the amount of money you’re paying for this dildo, it’s about the people in the scene. Distraction is the enemy… Continue reading

Coming Back From A Hiatus: Part 2

For Veterans Returning Home or Moving Away // Author: Bobby McCosky In my previous post, I dove pretty deep into how to get back into improv if you have been away for a while, and have a few years experience under your belt. Today, I want to focus on what to do if you have lots… Continue reading

Coming Back From A Hiatus: Part 1

For Improvisers with Less Than 3 Years Experience  // Author: Bobby McCosky Improv can be mentally draining. If you are a steward of it, you feel obligated to read every book and blog you can. You are probably listening to about ten podcasts about improv or that are improvised. On top of it all, there… Continue reading