Improv Classes & Workshops
Improvisational theatre, often called improv or impro, is a form of theater where most or all of what is performed is created at the moment it is performed. In its purest form, the dialogue, the action, the story and the characters are created collaboratively by the players as the improvisation unfolds in present time, without use of an already prepared, written script.
I actually have been taking improv classes which I love. They help with being spontaneous and thinking on your toes. One thing I love about Improv is that I get to act like a kid again. It is great therapy and very entertaining.
Look for a group near you or create a Meet Up in your city. What is a Meet Up? It is a site you can use to create a group and actually get together in a physical place to explore your interests. I will add it to the show notes. Who knows maybe you will find a group of interest in your area.
I don’t want to act or do improv. OK, don’t do Improv. However, why shut yourself off from an experience you could benefit from? Try one class, if you don’t like it then at least you tried. However, I bet you a million dollars of monopoly money I am right.
Another thing I attended was a “writer’s workshop”. I did not even have a set prepared yet and I had to do an open mic this week. So I attend a workshop to develop a joke. What is a writers workshop? It is when a group of people get together to develop material and/or contribute ideas for fellow writers to use soley for there projects.
So what happens is a group they will sit at a table and (1) person at a time will express what they are trying to develop. The group will focus on that persons set or material and help contribute ideas. Then the next person will volunteer to go and the same thing will happen again. They get a certain amour of time and will be able to use that material that everybody chipped in and helped. You will not be able to use the material you contributed but when it is your turn you will get to apply this rule to your work.
I have to say after leaving this group I have a better understanding on how to write a joke. Very beneficial and you at least attend (1) workshop to get this amazing experience.
Finally I tweaked the material developed in the writers workshop and went to an open mic. I was nervous but got on stage. I did it. I got through my material quickly. Yes, I know I am suppose to wait with pauses and laughs but my nerves made me speedy gonzolus. I did get some laughs more than expected but I think it was because I was prepared and educated myself with so much material which I have been sharing with you fine folks. And guess what? I can’t wait for my next open mic. One thing I suggest is do not drink before you get on stage but have a stiff one when you accomplish the set. You deserve a reward for doing something that most people wish they had the balls to do.
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