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A Short Course: Scenes
Advice
Crutches
The Funny

The Performance of Improv Comedy

A Short Course In Short Form Improv:

It's all about Scenes:

Conflict (a goal thwarted) is the motor of a scene.

  • Man vs man, man vs environment, man vs himself.

Scenes have a who, where, when.

  • Where, When are defined by actions.
  • Characters are defined by relationships/attitudes more than by attributes.

Scenes are built one line/action at a time.

  • Trust, Give, and Take.
  • Build as you go, don't try to scriptwrite, control, or lead.
  • Always move forward.
    • Don't argue back and forth.
    • Don't Negate -- accept offers and build. Yes, and...
    • Beware questions.

Advice to the Players:

Start strong.
Make the interesting choice.
The actor's job is justification.
Be specific.
Find the game.

Crutches:

Gags.
Callbacks.
Torturing the actor/pimping/denial.
The "Funny" suggestion.
Current events, local names, and pop culture personalities.
Stereotypes.
Profanity/Innuendo.
Shatner.

Stuff that's funny:

Embarrassment.
Frustration.
Irony.
Incongruity/the unexpected.
Status transactions.
And most of all: Honesty (recognition: the ah-ha ha-ha.)

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