Improv practice #3 – How to start

“I will not jump into the water, until I learn to swim,” – said the fool.  / Julian Tuwim

You decided. You want to jump in and do improv FOR REAL. If you feel like it, don’t hesitate, it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself.

Suppose you are at the beginning of your journey – you made a decision, but you still don’t know how to organize the group. Now I’ll tell you what you should focus on, before calling the local comedy clubs. I know that enthusiasm is power, but hold your horses until you answer yourself a few questions. It is better to start a little later, and work together for 10 years, than to go with the flow and drop it after few months.

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Improv practice #2 – Crisis.

Improv is a great adventure. When you commit to it, you get satisfation, fun and developement. You egage with your emotions, in some way you fall in love. Everything is going smoothly, untill… right. Here comes the crisis. You write to me about it with fear. Keep calm. Do you break up after first fight?

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Improv practice #1 – Abuse.

This is the first article of a series IMPROV PRACTICE. It’s a result of my conversations with my improv students. We talk a lot, and they have many questions, doubts, ideas that they want to share. It doesn’t matter if they are improv nerds, or you just joined the class, the questions touch technical aspects, philosophy and art. I’m very glad, that they share them with me. And what I can do in return, is to share my thoughts. It’s not The Truth. It’s my truth, that I’ve been working on, and discovering, and it’s a process – in some time I may tell you something different. Because it evolves. Take whatever you find important. Share what you find important and exciting. There are lots of questions, but yesterday something very important appeared, and I cannot postpone it, so it will be the number one.

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What the audience wants, and should you give it to the.

– Orgasm!

Shouts a drunk guy in the audience during comedy festival in Szczecin.

– Ok, something else? – asks the host.

– ORGASM!

– Or maybe…

– O R G A S M !

And now the question. Should you give it to the invasive audience member.

At least there is a chance that – as a guy – he will shut up after that for a few minutes. A few years ago, at other festival, (that was the first year of improv festivals in Poland) Canadians said, they envy us. That we have this magical moment in Poland, when we start the improv scene. That we will create it, create how the audience see it, how it will look like for long years. And it all depands on how we bring up, how we educate our audience in our country. Feeling the responsibility yet? Especially, because you’re not only working on your own future, but the next generations ofimprovisers.

And now I may surprise you.

Audience isn’t our masters.

Audience is our kids.

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5 scenes that every improviser has played.

Every year, when I start the workshop season after summer and see new people at te workshops, I can’t help to see the patterns, that we have in our brains. Especially, when it comes to using your body, even in this basic game of Freeze. Of course, when you are just starting your improv adventure, every scene is new and exciting. And in some time you start to dig dipper than your first thought.

So, I can bet, that especially in Freeze played by beginners, you will find those 5 scenes – obviously, everybody needs to play them at least once in a lifetime:

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