Matt on October 4, 2012

You can read the following in latin that the top of my Improv Certificate: “If this unusual thing is true, then what will happen next?” I’ve finished my basic improv training from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre, but this nugget of truth, for me, is a tough skill to master.  What they are saying to […]

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Matt on June 12, 2012

I follow Joe Bill Teaches on Facebook,  He’s a founder of the Annoyance Theatre in Chicago, IL.  If you are an improviser and you don’t know Joe Bill, shame on you!  I didn’t know what it meant to be a director or even an improv coach until I met him. Anyway, he posted this on his […]

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Matt on May 4, 2012

Overview Imagine stepping onto a stage with a group of 7 people and you have nothing planned, nothing scripted.  The audience expects to be entertained for the next 20 to 30 minutes. A single performer steps forward and asks the audience for a one-word suggestion. From this one word the group builds a series of […]

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Matt on February 10, 2012

I’ve watched this TED talk by Derek Sivers a few times and think it makes such a complex idea so creatively simple.  Just like the base tenent of improv “Yes, and”. Derek says, if you are the lone nut, the shirtless dancing guy all alone, it is VITAL to nurture your first follower. He goes […]

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Matt on January 24, 2012

It started with just one night a week, sometimes two.  But now I’m at a constant three nights a week sometimes four!  Rudo has a show this thursday (1/26/12) and MRR every friday at 7pm. RIP

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Matt on May 2, 2011

Heard this TED talk today and kept thinking about how this relates to performing improv.  Answering “Why” isn’t just a business/organizational need but also an improvisational MUST!  In improv terms the “What” is often a silly premise, but people only chuckle at this.  When you make sense by answering why it’s happening in this silly […]

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