Improv Nerd with Lyndsay Hailey

The risk of taking risks

You hear this all the time in your improv classes – you need to take more risks on stage. But what improv teachers forget to tell you is that when you take risks, you’re going to feel feelings: anger, sadness, anxiety, fear, shame and, in rare cases, joy. This is a by-product of taking risks, and […]

Judy Fabjance

Your Pain is Your Gold

We have all experienced a fair amount of pain in our lives — from our parents getting divorced to being picked on in school or breaking up with someone. Most improvisers want to avoid thinking about their pain, thinking it’s not appropriate because they’re doing comedy. The problem is not that we have pain, it’s […]

Improv Nerd with John Hartman

Guess what? You're acting

This message is going out to all you talented, young improvisers out there: Good improv is good acting. I know what you are thinking: “I am doing comedy, I don’t need to be a better actor.” Or maybe you’re you didn’t even realize that what you are doing on stage when you’re improvising IS acting. […]

Boost your creativity

5 Ways to Boost Your Creativity on Stage

Have you ever had the experience where you were creatively stuck on stage? Either you opened your mouth and nothing came out, or worse, you just kept talking and the scene just went nowhere? When that happens, it’s like going into a black hole. But luckily, there are some things we can do on stage […]

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The results don't matter

I want to let you in on a little secret about improv: The results don’t matter. I need to keep reminding myself of this one, because lately this has gotten in my way of my improvising and of teaching improvisation. If I do an Improv Nerd and the interview does not blow people away or […]

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How I Kill Joy

Joy is something I am trying to work on in all aspects of my life, especially in my improvising and my teaching. For years, I really didn’t know how to feel joy, and I resented people who seemed happy. God forbid if I met someone who had joy, or worse, had it all the time. […]

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