Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Improv and Life

1. don't be nervous
2. "There are no mistakes in improv, only bad follow-throughs" (which is to say, the only way YOU can mess up is if you make somebody else look like they messed up)
3. just pay attention and be focused
4. don't feel awkward - whatever you're doing, just commit to it!

That's the advice LaFarlow gave me when I emailed her about my improv class that starts tonight. Seems applicable.


miketheman said...

Hope you had as good a time as I did.
A long time ago, in a country far, far away, I was taught the improv "10 Commandments", and I pass them on, as they were handed to me.

* Thou shalt not block
* Thou shalt always retain focus
* Thou shalt not shine above thy team-mates
* To gag is to commit a sin that will be paid for
* Thou shalt always be changed by what is said to you
* Thou shalt not waffle
* When in doubt, break the routine
* To wimp is to show thy true self
* (S)he what tries to be clever is not; while (s)he that is clever doesn't try
* When thy faith is low, thy spirit weak, thy good fortune strained, and thy team losing, be comforted and smile, because it just doesn't matter.

Some of them are more technical terms that we haven't even gone near yet, but I'm sure you get the gist of it all. ;)

Lisa said...

Aaaand? Was it useful???