Entries by Jimmy Carrane

Do These 9 Things to Market Your Improv Show

Alright, you have put together a great improv show and you are really excited about it. Now the important part: How do you get people to come and see it? If you’re like most improvisers, you will rely on people magically just showing up. Which in most cases doesn’t work. Some people are fortunate enough […]

6 Tips for Getting Relaxed Before a Show

In her wonderful book, Presence, author Amy Cuddy asks actor Julianne Moore what presence is for an actor. Moore answers: “The key to presence — and this is one thing they tell you in school — is relaxation.” When I first starting out taking improv classes, I cannot tell you how frustrated I was that […]

How to Keep Challenging Yourself on Stage

If you’ve been in an improv group for a while, you’ve most likely hit a consistency level with your shows. This is a good thing. But it can also be a trap. When some groups get to the point where they’re consistently doing good shows, they’re usually happy with this and seem to go on auto pilot. […]

Don’t Quit Before the Miracle

There is a saying I’ve heard that goes: “Don’t quit before the miracle.” But when you’re in the arts and creating shows, how do you know how long you have to wait? I have been doing the podcast Improv Nerd for over five years. I’ve had some really big name guests. I’ve toured with the show all […]

How Jealousy Prevents Us From Getting What We Want

As you know, jealousy and self-defeating attitudes are something that has plagued me for my entire improv career. For years, whenever someone else got something I wanted, I judged them for it, and whenever a new opportunity presented itself to me, I would immediately assume that I wasn’t good enough to get it. Oy. Courtney […]

Embrace Your Messiness

When Betsy was born, people said stupid things to me like, “You are going to learn a lot from her.” I was so annoyed by that, why, I can’t tell you, but they were right. So far she has taught me about patience and unconditional love and how to survive on a minimal amount of […]

Art is Hard

The other day I was on Facebook and read a post by one of my favorite improvisers: Stacey Smith. If you don’t know her, she is a gifted performer, super positive and a hard worker. She lives in Chicago — a city that has more opportunities than most for improvisers. Her post was brutally honest […]

225: Bob Kulhan

Bob Kulhan is the author of the new book “Getting to Yes And: The Art of Business Improv.” He is an incredible improviser and teacher who was a core faculty member at The Second City Training Center in Chicago and co-founder of the uber musical group Baby Wants Candy. Jimmy talks to him about how […]

224: Bill Arnett

Bill Arnett is one of Chicago’s most respected improvisers, teachers and directors. He has played with such groups as People of Earth, 3033 and Armando. He is the founder of The Chicago Improv Studio and the author of the new book, The Complete Improviser. He is back on the podcast to discus his new book, […]

6 Reasons Actors Should Take an Improv Class

Actors are often skeptical of taking an improv class. I can’t tell you how many actors tell me “I am a serious actor. Why do I need to take an improv class?” Or they say, “I’m not funny,” “It scares me,” or “I wouldn’t be any good at it.” Actors avoid taking improv classes for lots […]