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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Denver Improv Scene

Judging Your Idea

Do you ever judge your scene partners’ ideas? One of the basic tenets of improv is to accept everything that our scene partner says as a gift and go with it. I don’t know about you, but I know this concept is way harder than it sounds. I know I am guilty of judging my […]

Feeling Burnt Out

I am burnt out, fried, my creative reservoir is dry, and the weather man is saying there’s no chance of rain in the seven-day forecast. I have gone way past the point of exhaustion. Instead of pulling over to take a break, I passed every rest stop along the way and kept speeding across the […]


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