5 Things Every Improviser is Tired of Hearing

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1. I could never do improv like you guys, I’m not funny

Improv is not about being funny, improv is about listening and trust, and comedy is a result of that trust. Think about how easy it is to joke around with your best friend and come up with hilarious stuff. That’s what improv is like, we’re all just best friends on stage having a fun time being ourselves.

2. There must be a script!

There is absolutely no script, and if there was then I didn’t get the pre-show email. Everything is made up entirely on the spot. If it seems like there’s a script, that’s because we follow the same rules of conversation that most screenwriters use when they write dialogue. When one character suggests some part of the reality of the scene, another character must say yes and acknowledge the existence of that reality.

3. If everything is made up, then what do you even do during rehearsal?

Good question. I wrote an article about that. Rehearsals are all about getting to know each other and developing our level of trust with each other.

4. You guys should use more props

Props are not a traditional part of improv, since they bring elements of reality into scenes constructed entirely out of imagination. The presence of a real world object conflicts with the establishment of an imagined reality onstage.

5. When’s your next show?

Just kidding, we love hearing this. Our next show is December 9th at 7pm in Sussman theater!

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