Betsy Carrane

What a Toddler Taught Me About Rejection

As actors and improvisers, we deal with rejection on a regular basis. And even though I’ve been improvising and auditioning for a really long time, it’s still hard to not to take rejection personally, because I am still looking for outside things to put a big stamp of approval on my forehead. When I audition […]

Jimmy Carrane and Joe Bill

Playing with People You Love

Last Sunday, during my Jimmy & Johnnie show at Second City, John Hildreth and I invited Joe Bill, a well-known improviser and teacher in Chicago, to play with us as our special guest. John and I have been playing together for almost seven years, but I have known Joe much longer, from my days at […]

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How Not to Sabotage Your Auditions

I have a good friend who is an accomplished singer and actor who recently got a great callback for a play she auditioned for. She put a lot effort into the audition and she was excited about it, but a couple of days before the callback, she started to doubt whether she really wanted the […]

Sam Bowers and Griffin Griggs

How to Sell Out Your Improv Show or Sketch Show, Part 2

Last week, Improv Nerd director Sam Bowers shared some of his best advice for how you can sell out your improv show or sketch show. He should know. Sam recently co-produced the first-ever 24 Hour Sketch Comedy Competition at The Second City, which played to an oversold crowd. You can read the first five tips […]

Sam Bowers

How to Sell Out Your Improv Show or Sketch Show, Part 1

Improv Nerd director Sam Bowers recently co-produced the first-ever 24 Hour Sketch Comedy Competition at The Second City. The 24HSCC pitted 10 sketch teams against each other to see who could write and rehearse the best sketch within 24 hours, ultimately putting them up in a rapid-fire revue for an audience and panel of industry […]

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How improv training can help your business

If you haven’t heard, improv training has become quite popular in the corporate world. Thank God. It seems lately every book on business, sales and presentations I pick up has a chapter or two on the power of improv. Today, when I go into a company or organization to teach improv, most people are not […]

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