Archive for the ‘Improv in Life’ Category

How Improv Is Like Euchre

How Improv Is Like Euchre

By Randall | Improv in Life, Just for fun!

Human beings learn by making associations between things (e.g. Pepsi is like Coke, except without all of the good taste*). Improv is analogous to a great many things; herein I consider one specific example – Euchre. I was in Boise, Idaho for a wedding this past weekend, and had the opportunity to play Euchre with some old [&hellip

The Art of Listening to Your Partner

By Randall | Improv in Life

I came across this article today, and thought it sounded a lot like what I’ve been working on in my improv scenes lately. Sounds like maybe improv can help you be a better lover too! Here’s an excerpt from “The Art of Listening to Your Lover,” published by Psychology Today: In our fast paced society, [&hellip

The Problem with Fear

The Problem with Fear

By Randall | Improv in Life, Improv Tips

About a month ago,  I went out for a walk. Early on, I passed a stranger on the street who held eye contact for slightly longer than normal, so I said “Hello” and he said “Hi” back. Even something as simple as that, just being acknowledged by a stranger, had a significant impact on my [&hellip

The Problem with Fear

The Problem with Fear

By Randall | Improv in Life, Improv Tips

About a month ago,  I went out for a walk. Early on, I passed a stranger on the street who held eye contact for slightly longer than normal, so I said “Hello” and he said “Hi” back. Even something as simple as that, just being acknowledged by a stranger, had a significant impact on my [&hellip

4 Reasons Improvisers Should Get Their Exercise

By Randall | Improv in Life

Want to be a better improviser? Go for a walk or hit the gym. Here are four reasons that exercise will improve the quality of your shows.   1) You’ll have a greater physical range Sometimes in improv you have to perform physically difficult feats. In these situations, having better cardiovascular health will help you [&hellip

4 Reasons Improvisers Should Get Their Exercise

4 Reasons Improvisers Should Get Their Exercise

By Randall | Improv in Life

Want to be a better improviser? Go for a walk or hit the gym. Here are four reasons that exercise will improve the quality of your shows.   1) You’ll have a greater physical range Sometimes in improv you have to perform physically difficult feats. In these situations, having better cardiovascular health will help you [&hellip

Three steps to improve your scenes, and your life

By Randall | Improv in Life

I recently came across an article entitled “How to listen to the nudges of your heart” on a blog I follow. The author provides the following three steps, which I thought applied to improv as well. 1) Stop. Slow down. Starting out improvisers feel a lot of pressure to say as many words and find [&hellip

Three steps to improve your scenes, and your life

Three steps to improve your scenes, and your life

By Randall | Improv in Life

I recently came across an article entitled “How to listen to the nudges of your heart” on a blog I follow. The author provides the following three steps, which I thought applied to improv as well. 1) Stop. Slow down. Starting out improvisers feel a lot of pressure to say as many words and find [&hellip

Why you shouldn't tape concerts...or graduation shows

Why you shouldn’t tape concerts…or graduation shows

By Randall | Improv in Life

Part of what I like about improv is how transitory it is. A scene exists, and then it is extinguished, like a candle. That scene will never exist again. Your only opportunity to experience it is in that moment, and you have to focus on getting the most out of that moment

10 Things I love about improv (and stuff you might like too)

10 Things I love about improv (and stuff you might like too)

By Randall | Improv in Life

I wanted to take a few minutes today to reflect on why I like improv so much. I enjoy watching it, learning about it, doing it, discussing it, and obviously writing about it. I proselytize shamelessly. I started a blog just so I could have another opportunity to tell people what I think about improv, [&hellip