Category Archives: Words of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom: Sketch Comedy

Sketch Comedy (as requested by Zach Ward): A sketch without bits and puns is a soliloquy The Far Side is a good example of sketched comedy, whereas Mary Worth is not If you write a blackout, use braile to read it in the dark Can’t spell skit without Kit, and he is funny If you …

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Drinking Before A Show

Drinking Before A Show, as requested by Corey Brown Drinking before a show is fine if it is done in moderation. Similarly, bits about poop are fine if they are done in moderation as well. Beer before liquor, you edit quicker. Drunkprov is occasionally funny. Your show isn’t that occasion.  The most dangerous type of …

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How to make bold and worthwhile initiations.

As requested by cooletter87 1. A silly voice makes the initiation real.2. Milk an improv cow, but make the milking the object of your emotion, not the cow.3. If you start out by saying something like "Coach will be here soon", someone will come in as the coach later, and its worth the while.4. Slap …

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Saving a scene when your partner is tanking.

Saving a scene when your partner is tanking, as suggested by Dave Ries Yell "REWIND", make a sound like a record going backwards, and then start the scene from the beginning. Throw an edit grenade and move on. Everytime your scene partner digs a hole, finish the line with Wackity Schmackity Doo. Heighten the tanking …

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Figuring out a form for your group

Figuring out a form for your group as suggested by Kit Fitzsimons.   The name of the form is more important than the form itself. If your group is really good at reading, your form should be the ever popular improv form "sketch". The best form isn't the most challenging. If it is too hard, …

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Props In Improv

Props in Improv, as suggested by Katie Shutrump.   Props should be something that they aren't. For example, a banana is actually a giant rocketship. If you decide to not use props in your show, please remove chairs, steps, and clothing from all scenes. Props are needed if you are doing an airplane scene from …

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Scene Topic To Sweep Edit After Pun

Welcome Back to Words of Wisdom. This week's question is brought to you by Tommy Barbour.   What scene topics are most appropriate to sweep edit immediately following a pun?   This is a very interesting topic. Before listing the best scene topics, I would like to throw a general note that puns work differently …

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Meta-Improv

As suggested by Corey Brown   Your scene partner isn't calling out the move you made to the audience, because the audience probably feels the same way about that bullshit move you made. Talking to the audience in your show turns improv into a game show. If you meta-improv something, you have to be a …

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Welcome new members to your ensemble

How to welcome new members to your ensemble, as suggested by Tommy B. Team versus noobie flipcup game. Every time the noobie makes a move on stage, collectivly sigh. Remind them that the noobie pays for the coach and rehearsal space. Work on a form in rehearsal, then do something else in the show. This …

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Writing Your Performance Bio

Writing Your Performer Bio, as suggested by TommyB Everyone writes the shows in sequential order, write yours in order of which got you laid most. Little known facts are supposed to be little known. Don't tell anyone. The performance bio is not a 'hobbies outside of improv' list. It's okay to lie in your bio …

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