Category Archives: Improv 101

Improv 106 – Get Into Trouble

I was given some excellent advice once by a member of Calgary’s Improv Guild.  He said that when you’re doing a scene, and something big happens, your natural inclination is to run away.  Don’t. The audience didn’t show up to … Continue reading

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Improv 105 – Stop Asking Questions

Kids are pretty amazing when it comes to questions.  When they’re playing, they don’t ask each other about what they’re doing – they just make everything fit the reality of what’s going on.  They freely offer ideas and build on … Continue reading

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Improv 104 – The Rules / The Tools (pt. 2)

Right, so last time we covered “No Blocking” – a fundamental rule of improv.  Now we’ll cover the other two I mentioned: No Blocking. No Wimping. No Steamrolling. We can also view these as positives: Accept every offer. Accept and … Continue reading

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Improv 103 – The Rules / The Tools

I was once at a convention, sitting semi-incognito and listening to some of the attendees chatting about performing in cosplay (that’s where you dress up as characters from TV, anime, books, etc.).  One of the young men spoke with great … Continue reading

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Improv 102 – Why the hell do I have to know things?

As I mentioned previously, knowledge is important. And in fact, there are two reasons why. First, knowledge of the rules gives you tools.  These tools keep your mind working the way you want it to on-stage. Second, knowledge of everything … Continue reading

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Improv 101 – Now you try!

SCT is having a lot of success with our recent “How To Improv” classes this year.  If you attended, thank you!  We’ll be doing more in the future. We’ve decided to blog a bit about as many of the myriad … Continue reading

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