father's day

My First Father’s Day

This Sunday is Father’s Day, and except for the fact that I already know Lauren’s going to give me a present, I am not really that excited about it. Actually, I am embarrassed. As a father, I feel like a fraud. I feel like I’m not a real father, because in the first year since Betsy […]

Betsy Carrane

Why You Shouldn’t Control Play

My wife, Lauren, and I were lying on the living room rug playing with our 11-month-old daughter, Betsy. She was playing quietly with these wooden blocks, and I was holding one in my hand when Lauren said, “Give it to her. Give her the block.” As you might suspect I don’t like to be told […]

Art of Slow Comedy

Laughter is the Best Medicine

When people first work with me, especially after the first class, they say things like, “Your class is like therapy,” or “That scene was not funny,” or “Oh my God, in that exercise you made that person cry.” Generally, people view this as a bad thing. I get it; emotions are scary and it’s not […]

Jimmy Carrane as a kid

Needing to Be the Funny One

(Who’s the funniest one in the pic above? Hint: I’m the one with the sunglasses). When I started out in improv my goal was to be the funniest one on stage. In retrospect, that wasn’t a very noble one goal. At the time, it seemed important to me for many reasons — primarily, if I […]

Stephen Colbert

Getting Your Comedic Voice

In improv, we all want to get noticed and be liked by everyone at the same time. The problem is, it’s hard for those things to coexist. To get noticed, you are going to have to have a strong point of view, and that will piss some people off. And not only is that okay, […]

Jimmy Carrane Stand-Up

Writing My Next One-Man Show

When I was little kid, the first thing I ever wanted to be was a stand-up comedian. I loved the idea of standing up in front of a crowd and making them laugh. Then when I was 18 years old, I took my first improv class, and I have been side tracked from my original […]

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