Entries by Jimmy Carrane

132: Kelly Leonard

Kelly Leonard is the Executive Vice President of The Second City, and President of The Second City Theatricals. He’s also co-author of a new book with Tom Yorton, “Yes, And.” (How Improvisation Reverses “No, But” Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration–Lessons from The Second City) Jimmy talks with Kelly about how he got started at […]

Tips for Submitting a TV Writing Packet

If you’re an improviser, you’ve probably thought about it: How do I get a writing job on TV? That, my friends, is a very good question, and the answer is not as simple as you may think. Unlike a regular job where you just send in your resume and cover letter, when you apply for […]

131: Joe Canale

Joe Canale has done it all in the improv world. He’s an alumni of The Second City Main Stage in Chicago, and has performed too many shows to list at iO and Boom Chicago. Jimmy talks with Joe about why he’s so comfortable being “a lighting rod,” what he learned from hosting an improv jam […]

Jimmy Carrane, Will Hines Answer Your Improv Questions, Part 3

When you get to be an improv teacher as respected as Will Hines, former head of the UCB Training Center in New York, who happens to write a great blog (http://improvnonsense.tumblr.com), you get flooded with questions from improvisers all around the country. When you’re me, you just tag onto Will’s questions to make yourself sound […]

129: Brad Morris

Brad Morris is a writer/actor/improviser. He wrote for three seasons on Cougar Town, he’s an alumni of The Second City Mainstage, and a member of the legendary iO Harold team, The Reckoning. Jimmy sat down with Brad to talk with him about his journey from iO to Second City, to LA as writer, actor, and everything in […]

Giving Improv Notes: How to Self-Coach Your Team

Last week, I talked about how to give good improv notes if you are an improv coach or director. This week, I’m going to give some tips on how to give improv notes to your own teammates — a much trickier proposition. First, let me say, if you are part of an improv group and […]

7 Secrets to Giving Great Improv Notes

As an improv director or coach, giving notes after a show is an art. Like improvising, you can only get better at teaching and directing improv by doing it and making a lot of mistakes along the way. Though my methods may seem a little unconventional, I wanted to share them with you because I […]

128: Jill Soloway

Jill Soloway is the creator of the hit show, Transparent. Jimmy sat down with The Golden Globe winner and talked to her about starting out at The Annoyance Theater back in the early 90’s, how she’s dealing with her success, and the creative process. You will not want to miss this honest and insightful interview […]

Curb Your Expectations

When we first start taking improv classes we have no expectations. Actually, we are ecstatic. We are just so happy that we finally got up the nerve to start doing it. Each week, we look forward to improv class. We rush off to it. Our life starts to change. Our crappy day job becomes tolerable. Our body changes. People think we […]