Covid

2020: The Blessings of Covid

This year sucked, and we all know why — Covid. But it hasn’t all been a shit sandwich. Although I have certainly missed seeing my friends, going to restaurants, and performing in live theaters, Covid has brought me many blessings as well. I learned to adapt and teach improv online, thanks to the generosity of […]

books for the holidays

4 Books to Put on Your Holiday List

With the holidays upon on us — boy, did they come on fast! — I wanted to give you a list of some books I highly recommend to add to your gift-giving or gift-getting list this year. Since I covered some comedy books in the summer, this time I wanted to branch out to some other […]

The Greatest Gift You Can Give

The greatest gift you can give this holiday season is something you give to yourself, and to others — and that is the gift of self-expression. That is what we do in the arts. I don’t care if you work a 9-to-5 job and you write your novel at night. I don’t care if you […]

Chicago is the mecca of improv

What Will Happen to Chicago Improv After the Pandemic?

Chicago has a great history of rebuilding itself, going back to The Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which destroyed 17,450 buildings in a three-mile radius. Out of the ashes, the city came up with a new vision for itself and new style of architecture. It was a Renaissance. I’m hoping the same will be true after this […]

Sam Bowers

What Makes A 5-Tool Improviser?

In baseball, the most elite athletes are called “5 Tool Players.” These all-stars specialize in five different categories: hitting for average, hitting for power, running the bases, fielding, and throwing. Because improvisers and professional athletes are so often compared (due to our similar income levels), I thought it’d be interesting to see what traits would […]

Blog Writing

My 9-Year Blog-Writing Anniversary

This month it’s been nine years since I started writing this blog. It was not my idea. It was Lauren’s. She thought it would help with marketing my improv classes and workshops. Like most of the good ideas I get from Lauren, or anyone else, my first reaction was to resist. So the first blog I […]

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