being in the moment

5 Ways to Practice Being in the Moment

The goal is to be in the moment — in life and on stage. I don’t care if you are an actor with a script, a storyteller telling us a seven minute story from your life, an improviser doing a long form show, or you’re out to dinner with your friends — your goal should […]

Lost in an improv scene

The 7 ingredients of a perfect improv scene

Improvisers are always on the quest for a perfect improv scene. Is such a thing even possible? If so, what would such a scene consist of? In my endless crusade to remove all the fun from improv and analyze it in a painfully granular manner, (I did direct Improv Nerd’s live shows for five years, […]

listening skills

3 Ways to Improve Your Listening Skills

Great improvisers are great listeners. Great actors are great listeners. Listening is the foundation of the performing arts. We cannot be in moment if we are not listening. It is impossible. We cannot react to our fellow actor if we are not listening. It won’t happen. Why? Because if we aren’t listening, we aren’t open to what […]


How Improv Helps People with Down Syndrome

A few weeks ago, I got an email from Rob Snow, the Executive Director of Stand Up For Downs, a non-profit organization based in Cleveland, OH, that is dedicated to helping people with Down syndrome. Rob is a native Ohioan who studied at Second City, iO and The Annoyance in Chicago in the ‘90s before […]

burnt out

What to do when you’re creatively burnt out

I am crispy. I am burnt out. I am tired. I have had a very creatively busy summer, and I am grateful. I put “World’s Greatest Dad(?)” up and have taught my ass off and I have enjoyed it. I actually don’t think I’ve ever worked as hard as I have done lately, and for someone […]

When You’re the Oldest One in Your Improv Class

Improv is considered a young person’s game. Improv classes at iO and Second City are often overrun with 20-somethings just starting out in life trying to make it big in comedy someday. But what if you are over 35 and you’ve just gotten into improv? You know you are never going to audition for SNL […]


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