Posts Tagged ‘yes and’

The First Rule of Improv is NOT

The First Rule of Improv is NOT “Yes, And”

By Randall | Improv Tips

When you take improv classes, you start off by learning the rules. The first, and most famous, rule is to say “Yes, And.” You may have heard of it if you’ve seen Yes Man, read Bossypants by Tina Fey, or ever had a friend take an improv class. There are a lot of principles encapsulated in this phrase – agreement, [&hellip

Liam Neeson Does Improv

By Randall | Just for fun!

Well, I know that I had said last week that I would start posting warm-ups on Monday, but then I realized that Monday Funday might be a better way to start off the week. Instead, I’ll be targeting Wednesday’s to cover various improv warmups. For the few of you who may not have seen it [&hellip

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

Yes, And - Part III

Yes, And – Part III

By Randall | Games for Workshop, Improv Tips

Also see Part I and Part II To demonstrate the effectiveness of “Yes, And” and how critical it is to good scene work, we use the following exercise on the first day of a new level 1 class. First, we get two volunteers who are “ready to fail” to get up in front of the [&hellip

Yes, And - Part II

Yes, And – Part II

By Randall | Improv Tips

For part one, click here: Yes And, Part I The second part of saying “Yes, and” is the “and.” There is a lot of meaning behind that little conjunction. If someone says, “I made you a sandwich,” it is not enough to respond “Thank you for the sandwich.” You are saying yes to their idea, [&hellip

Yes, And - Part I

Yes, And – Part I

By Randall | Improv Tips

Most people come into improv with misconceptions about what it is going to be like. It’s not just making up stuff as you go without any structure or guidelines; it’s not hopping on stage and acting zany; and it’s not trying to come up with clever puns or witty one-liners. When I started taking classes, [&hellip