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Stop, Look and Listen to Improv

Yeah, pod you too I bet you have some electronic device strapped to your head most of the time. I do. Yours may be some fancy iPod, mine is just my phone (albeit with some awesome space age bluetooth headphones). Lots of folks use it for music, which is excellent

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Patterns

“Making connections is as easy as listening, remembering and recycling information.  When patterns in scenes are noticed and played they create continuity in the scene” – Halpern/Close/Johnson “Truth In Comedy” For the last couple of weeks a small group of us have met informally to experiment with some long form

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It’s Science, Damn It.

A few weeks back I had the pleasure to lead an exceptionally good improv jam. As a lot of MissImpers were away at the fringe festival I expected very low numbers (6-7). Accordingly I was planning on working on storytelling and make the players do loooooooong scenes. My plans all

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Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules and Improv

In the series of tenuous relationships between improv and other stuff I was recently reminded of Kurt Vonnegut’s Eight Rules for Writing when listening to a Pendragon Variety podcast (it’s not a porn magazine, it’s a Fantasy writing website. This isn’t getting any less porny is it?). You may/should be

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Improv Commitment

I saw some incredible improv at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, packed tightly into just three days of action. What struck me most about the performers was how hard they committed to the show and the scenes they were in, and it paid off. Of course their acting skills, communication,

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Improv at the Edinburgh Fringe

There are now seven members of the MissImp performance team at the Edinburgh Fringe.  Two are doing various stand-up open spots, three are in the play we’ve taken up (HR’d Day’s Night) and the rest are here taking in shows and liberal quantities of ‘social time’. Yesterday we were talking

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Improv gathering at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe

The excellent Brighton improv group The Maydays organised the Edinburgh Fringe’s first ever Improv Symposium last year.  They’ve now posted up the audio of it and it makes for very interesting listening http://www.themaydays.co.uk/improvsymposium.html I believe there will be another Improv Symposium at this year’s Fringe in the final week.

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Really Bad Improv TV, a Rant

So, I watched Dave’s Improvisation My Dear Mark Watson. It wasn’t very good. I should preface this by saying we saw David Shore’s jawstonishing (that’s a contraction of jaw-dropping and astonishing, in case you wondered) one man Harold in London the day before. Lloydie’s written about that so I mention

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The “bad improv” jam

If you’re an improviser, you’ve probably got a few pet peeves.  It might be the way some improvisers initiate scenes or it could be poor use of the stage, for example.  Last night at the weekly MissImp jam, Nick encouraged us to explore everything we believed to be “bad improv”.

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One Man Improv

You can’t beat an improv road-trip to see something exciting.  Us MissImpers are getting rather good at it.  On Tuesday evening Geoff, Nick and I saw a one-man improv show at the Hen and Chickens in London that blew us away. David Shore, two-time Canadian Comedy Award winner and alumnus

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Improv and writing. It’s the same thing. Sort of.

Allow me a touch of geekery here. Last weekend I went to the fabulous Alt.Fiction event in Derby at QUAD. It’s a festival of sci-fi, fantasy and horror literature (a group of genres they often refer to simply as ‘genre fiction which I find odd as a description – what

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