PLAY SMART
Written 2 months, 4 weeks ago

The sound you hear is my heart breaking. Followed by anger.

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Reminders Part One
Written 5 months ago

A few reminders on how to make improvising more fun and, therefore, easier

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Reminders Part Two
Written 5 months ago

A few more reminders on how to make improvising more fun and, therefore, easier

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Respect and Appreciating the Teachers
Written 5 months, 4 weeks ago

Improv lover Joe Kovach shares his thoughts on improv teachers.

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Be mean to me with your notes!
Written 7 months, 2 weeks ago

Josh Nicols from Spectacles Improv Engine posed an interesting question on Facebook: When students say things like "you can be mean to me" or "I want you to be harsh in your notes." Have any thoughts or tactics on it?

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Take a break.
Written 9 months, 1 week ago

Joe Kovach with some great advice: Slow your roll, young improvisor

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Learn to let go
Written 1 year, 2 months ago

He's back! Our Unstuffed Shirt Steven Beauchem with some words of wisdom.

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Point of view from a Muslim Improvisor
Written 1 year, 5 months ago

"But what happens when one’s tool for overcoming prejudice and disempowerment becomes the same tool with which that prejudice is inflicted? "

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Side coaching
Written 1 year, 4 months ago

Here are 6 tips to help with side coaching.

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Tales from the Unstuffed Shirt
Written 1 year, 4 months ago

A Non-Awkward Discussion About Improv and Mental Health

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Dealing with Uncomfortable Situations in an Improv Class
Written 1 year, 5 months ago

There has been a lot of discussion in improv about classes where students (women and people of color in particular) don’t feel safe. And many people who teach improv are now thinking about what the best way is to handle these kinds of situations in class.

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The Aspervisor Speaks!
Written 1 year, 5 months ago

Joe Kovach shares his experiences as an improvisor with Asperger Syndrome.

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Tales from the Unstuffed Shirt
Written 1 year, 6 months ago

Count to Twenty (aka that post about Team Equity)

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Students with disabilities
Written 1 year, 5 months ago

Wheel-provisor Tamara Rozofsky, an amazing improvisor and teacher who happens to have CP, answers a question some are afraid to ask.

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JENGA! JENGA! JENGA!
Written 1 year, 5 months ago

Improv and sketch shows are like the block-stacking, stack-crashing game of JENGA. See how high you can build it.

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6 Tips to Being a Better Improv Teacher
Written 1 year, 5 months ago

Jimmy Carrane, who teaches the Art of Slow Comedy improv classes in Chicago, and I decided we wanted to share with you a few of our favorite tips that we have found over the years that have made us better improv teachers.

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Tales from the Unstuffed Shirt
Written 1 year, 5 months ago

Three 2016 workplace resolutions to replace the ones you’ve already forgotten.

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We know better
Written 1 year, 5 months ago

The brilliant improvisor and teacher Amanda Murphy with some powerful words for the men of improv.

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Improv advice to college graduates
Written 1 year, 6 months ago

Stephen Colbert, Jane Lynch, Maya Rudolph and Dick Costolo give some pretty amazing commencement speeches championing the philosophy of "Yes! And!"

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The Joy of Short Form
Written 1 year, 6 months ago

Short form improv gets a bad rap.  

Here are some reasons why it shouldn't.

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"I want to teach improv!"
Written 1 year, 6 months ago

Improv Nerd Jimmy Carrane and I explain why we became improv teachers. If you’re considering becoming an improv teacher, we hope our answers inspire you to take the leap!

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Tales from the Unstuffed Shirt
Written 1 year, 7 months ago

Like a boss: from improv thinking to business solutions

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Audition tips
Written 1 year, 7 months ago

Here are some wonderful words of advice about auditioning from Mick Napier and Caleb George.

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"How do I deal with setback?"
Written 1 year, 7 months ago

Brian Stack, writer/performer with all the "Conan" late night shows, former Second City ETC cast member and current writer for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" shares great insight on how to deal with setbacks in your career.

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Tales from the Unstuffed Shirt
Written 1 year, 7 months ago

Unleashing the Power of “Yes! And” at Work

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"I've Been That Person."
Written 1 year, 7 months ago
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Things need to change
Written 1 year, 7 months ago

"I was too scared to talk about my worst moment in improv."

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Dear veteran improvisors
Written 1 year, 7 months ago

You have a responsibility.

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What I wish I could have told myself before my first improv class
Written 1 year, 7 months ago

Guest blogger and improv master Jimmy Carrane gives advice to his younger self.

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Tales from the Unstuffed Shirt
Written 1 year, 8 months ago

An invitation to the game

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Dear Improvisors: Part 1
Written 1 year, 8 months ago

A letter to all present and future improvisors

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"Not every actor uses improv. And I don’t understand this."
Written 1 year, 8 months ago

Guest blogger and working actor/old school improvisor Doreen Calderon offers some wise words.

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"So I married an improvisor..."
Written 1 year, 8 months ago

Jay's wife weighs in on the marriage of business and improv.

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Be. Great.
Written 1 year, 8 months ago

The Illusion of Busy

a.k.a "The Moth Syndrome."

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How do I find the joy of improv after I’ve lost it?
Written 1 year, 8 months ago

“I'm starting to realize that I’m the person people don’t want to be onstage with.”

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How do I get out of my head?
Written 1 year, 8 months ago

"How do I get out of my head?” This is the question that, in my experience, improvisors ask the most. I’ve asked it. Most everyone has.

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Follow the fear all the way to the dishwasher...
Written 1 year, 9 months ago

Well happened again. A seemingly innocent exchange about dishes somehow turned into a "you just don't get what I'm about" kind of thing. Even when I'm sure that I'm right, which is all EGO, it never feels good to start the day that way. As a friend once said to me, “Yep. You’re absolutely right….now what?”

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Hello
Written 1 year, 7 months ago

I'm another blog

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How Improv Became My Life's Work
Written 1 year, 7 months ago

Part 3: And here we are.

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How Improv Became My Work
Written 1 year, 7 months ago

Part 2: From student to professional.

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How Improv Became My Life
Written 1 year, 9 months ago

Part 1: The beginning of an unexpected journey

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Relationships are like improv scenes.
Written 1 year, 1 month ago

Guest blogger Christian Perfas finds the common ground.

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We Write About Improv

You will find hints and suggestions to improve your performance as a troupe or an improvisor. We also cover stories from the field of performing on the stage as well as teaching improv. Sometimes we include case studies of our corporate work to show how improv can boost office productivity and morale.

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