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Paul Merton on Improv

If you’re like me, your first exposure to improvised comedy will have come with this man on Channel 4’s classic Whose Line Is It Anyway?  Alongside the likes of Josie Lawrence, Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops and Tony Slattery, Paul Merton made his name on the popular show before becoming a

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Fast Found Fiction with P’Graph

On Monday night I saw musical improv maestros The Maydays play host to the incomparably dubbed Parallelogramohonograph (or simply PGraph) from Austin, Texas at the Marlborough Little Theatre – a charmingly dinky space above a pub in the heart of Brighton. Based at Austin’s Hideout Theatre (which they play a

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Improv Slam Winners!

Coming Upstairs? When we received an invitation from the brand spanking new, Birmingham-based Upstairs Improv to perform in their inaugural show on 26th April 2012, we were of course thrilled and in some respects relieved. Discovering another force for improv in the sunny Midlands was somewhat like meeting someone with

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Tastes A Bit Gamey

In the words of MissImp performer Trilochon Chatterjee: Workshops of the gods A couple of weekends ago, I joined a bunch of MissImpers at a workshop by Brandon Gardner of New York’s Upright Citizens’ Brigade theatre. The most intriguing part of this for me was his introduction to the idea

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MissImp looking good at The Rescue Rooms

MissImp had a funky mini-gig at The Rescue Rooms as part of the Upload Music Festival. We’ve done a few of these 20 minute sets recently and they’re lots of fun, adding a unique and unusual element to the night in question. Martin, David, James and Nick played daft games

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Rules Suck

Another really cool post from ImprovMantra about how we use the “rules” of improv. It’s a tricky business choosing how to train and nurture these ideas and whether to lay them down as rules, guidelines or a toolbox of techniques. Like many things in life I think it’s worth getting

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The Way Of Improv – New Ted independent talk

A new video of Dave Morris, a Canadian improviser, talking about the “Way of Improv” in an independent Ted talk.  A great intro to improv for newbies and a brilliant reminder of the foundation of what we do for experienced improvisers.   [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUO-pWJ0riQ&w=560&h=315]

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Tina Fey’s Rules For Improv…And Your Career

As ever, the fabulous Tina Fey spices up the most tedious of topics: some guy in business who read her book BossyPants and liked her improv rules. Read ’em here on The Savvy Intern (seriously): Tina Fey’s Rules For Improv…And Your Career. We know them, and they’re an excellent summary.

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Quantum Improv – Cause follows Effect

I’m leaping on the neutrino bandwagon, though without the aim of claiming that science has destroyed itself (because I’m not an idiot). My thoughts here come out of a discussion of emotion in improv scenes during one of Klaus Peter Schreiner‘s workshops in Nottingham and some rumination that followed… How

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Merry MissImp Christmas to Yule

A very Merry Christmas indeed to everyone! We’d like to give a big round of applause to everyone who has supported us this year – especially our FABULOUS audiences (we love you, in many varied and interesting ways) – your laughter, snorts and claps keep us going. It is an

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The Sound of Improv

James Dalby, our resident sound wizard and astonishingly musical fellow is running this week’s jam. Alongside it he’s prepared this remarkable blog post about sound effects for us. Enjoy! CONTENTS Introduction – The properties of sound effects and the qualities it can represent in the creative arts Sound Effects &

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Notes On Your Improv Show

I just found this on the website of the People’s Improv Theatre, NY.  Some very handy notes on that improv show that you did… and a lovely cheeky come-back at the end just as you think it’s finished. <object style=”height: 390px; width: 640px”><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.youtube.com/v/u3NXbMFztfo?version=3″><param name=”allowFullScreen” value=”true”><param name=”allowScriptAccess” value=”always”>[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3NXbMFztfo&w=640&h=360]</object>

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