Experiencing Joy on Halloween

This year, my 4-year-old daughter, Betsy, was really into going trick or treating. She was out of her mind excited about it. Me, not so much. I was just the parent taking her. When she woke up on Halloween morning at 7:14 a.m. the first thing out of her mouth was “When is it going to […]

storytelling

How to Make Your Story Funnier in 20 Minutes

When I tell a story on stage, I want to get laughs. I know not all storytellers work like this, but if you do and you are looking to punch up your story to squeeze in some more laughs, I have some quick tips that may help you make your story funnier. Storytelling is not […]

nervous

Just Good Enough

“Perfect is the enemy of good.” — Voltaire For most artists, creating is the fun part. The problem comes when they want to get their work out in the world. They have been bitching and moaning that they’re nobody recognize their art for years, but when they have the chance to put themselves out there, […]

Playing By the Rules

In our house we have a ritual. Almost every night after dinner, me, my wife, and my 4-year-old daughter, Betsy, all sit on the floor and play a board game. We play Candy Land, Hi-Ho! Cherry-O or other board games that are appropriate for a 4 year old. It usually starts off pretty good, and […]

thank you

Why It’s Good to Say Thank You

I can’t think of a better sound than the word “Thank You.” “Please” would be a close second. They’re two words that I am realizing I don’t use enough, as we are trying to teach my 4-year-old daughter manners. As much as I had a complicated relationship with my parents, I think they did a good job of […]

listening skills

I Teach Connection

What I love teaching the most in improv is connection — players connecting on a deeper emotional level. So many improvisers focus on trying to be witty and fast and funny, but they don’t realize that you can’t really do any of those other things well if you don’t first form a real emotional connection […]

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