This is an improvisation comedy advice and appreciation blog. Say yes and enjoy!
01
Feb
6:19pm

Warm-up: Ants On A Cracker

18
Sep
12:55pm

Audition Advice from Tara DeFrancisco

nicclee:

TDF, y’all!

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15
Aug
6:38am

Like Minded People

robotgrizzlybearastronaut:

improvnonsense:

I guess the most important thing UCB improv gave me was: all of my friends. This is a sentimental recollection of what it felt like to take an improv class and realize that I liked everybody in an entire community.

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This is an amazing read. 

Completely and utterly describes why I yearn for my Wednesday nights, and why I can’t wait to be in New York for good.

13
Jun
6:14am

How to Spot an Improviser (by CBesRun)

16
Apr
9:32am
27
Mar
4:27pm

thepit-nyc:

Great article from The Palette highlights two PITizens, Natasha Rothwell and Grace Helbig, in their “5 Female Improv Artists You Don’t Know About But Will” piece!

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27
Mar
4:13pm

"HOW TO 'MAKE IT' IN COMEDY" by Rob Delaney. This is good advice. Also applies to writing, music, cheesemonging, technical drawing, everything.

21
Feb
8:02am

A GREAT point about improv

theangeladee:

Because people don’t talk about this enough. There IS no good improv without this kind of player and everyone forgets about it.

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Posted by: Kayne
On: 02-19-2012 02:34 PM

First, this is maybe the wrong forum for this.  Apologies in advance.

I’ve been involved with UCB in some capacity since 2007 (2006?).  My view on improv has undergone dozens of shifts since that time, and I’m sure it will continue to shift as I, with any luck, continue to learn.  But I wanted to send an improv crush out to the people who are making the glue moves, the moves that don’t always get the huge laughs, but that make the huge laughs possible.  The people I admire who do this stuff on a consistent basis aren’t doing it because they’re not funny enough to make the big move, but because from time to time they sublimate their egos for the benefit of the team.  

Will Hines once gave a note about walk-ons that I’ll never forget: pass the ball in the direction that the scene was already going.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve failed to do that, and how many times a teammate has passed me the ball so beautifully that it made me look much better than I am.

So, to the tens of improvisers who’ve consistently made these moves on my behalf over the last few years, (Chris Gethard, D’Arcy Carden, Jordan Klepper, Winston Noel, Nate Russell, Cathryn Mudon, and on and on and on…) thank you.  Thank you for always knowing the names of the characters in the scenes, for choosing to think a move was great instead of calling it out, and for making people (me) occasionally look good without having earned it.  

Sorry for my first real post to be such a long one.  Just wanted to give some props to the John Stocktons of the world in a space where Karl Malones get most of the love.  Any dunk I’ve ever thrown down came off a brilliant pass from someone else.  And those are the people who inspire me now.  

Sincerely yours,
Greg Ostertag

To read the full thread: http://www.improvresourcecenter.com/mb/showthread.php?p=838143#post838143

20
Feb
7:04pm

thecloudsbegintothunder:

This is awesome. <3

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04
Feb
7:58pm
Many people have the idea that to improvise you have to get up on a stage and ‘make it up.’ While it’s true that that’s the bulk of it, it could also be said that the bulk of driving is pointing the car, so let’s allow five-year-olds to do it. Bad idea. To master the art of improv can take many years, and a great understanding, not just of improv’s tenets, but those of many different disciplines. Because there are fewer parameters than any other performing art, one must be prepared for anything that comes your way. That includes forays into the worlds of writing, directing, design, dance, music, singing, mime, stage combat, and especially acting. Once you’ve got all of these down, then you can say that improv is easy.
~ Jeff Cantanese (via betterfoodandcoolerpeople)