Jimmy and Betsy

Finding ways to have more fun

We are told all the time in improv just have fun up there and everything will take care of itself. But what if you don’t have fun in your real life? Well, then you are screwed. I am speaking from experience. I cannot give something away that I don’t have. And when I try to fake […]

Hank and Stella

How an improviser wrote an improv book for kids

As a father of a two-and-a-half year old, I read a lot of children’s books. I mean, a lot. Not only does she have a bookshelf full of them, but she wants to read them over, and over and over. Some are good. Some are not so good. And some I’ve even memorized. So when […]

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How our life affects our improv

How we look at life is how we improvise on stage. If we can’t find the joy in our lives and we look at everything going on in the world as a problem, chances are that is how we will initiate a scene. I see this with my students in class. They will be on […]

slowing your improv down

The benefits of slowing your improv down

A lot of improvisers think that the only way to be funny is to play fast. But I’ve actually found that there are a lot of benefits to slowing your improv down. I first learned how to play slow improv from Del Close at the Improv Olympic back in the ‘80s when he was teaching […]

improv group

What should I do if I don’t like my improv group?

I love when people reach out to me looking for me to share some of my experience in improv. Recently, an improviser contacted me to see if I had done a podcast or written a blog about what to do if you live in a small town and are unhappy with your improv group. Here’s […]

Happy Where You're At

Being Happy Where You’re At

Great improvisers are in the moment. They have no need for the future or the past since they know it will not serve them. They do not have an idea of how the scene will end. They thrive on the uncertainty. They are happy where they’re at. This is the hardest thing for me to […]

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