How to increase “Entertainment Value”

What’s most important to you? We work hard for our money, right?   And although we Americans love to just throw money away, we don’t see it as throwing it away if it makes us happy.  A good restaurant, a great movie, a unique oddity “as seen on TV” that we must have!! Correct me if I’m wrong, but it only feels like we are...

Top 10 comedic GREATS

Over the years, friends, reporters, patrons and students have asked me “Who are your favorite comedians?”  So I thought I’d share with you, my Top 10 comedic “GREATS” of all-time – the ones that inspire me, each for different reasons – but they all have one thing in common – Clean Comedy: Carol Burnett –...

Improv Camp for Youth!

Youth Summer Camp - June 9-13 Price: $250.00 Start Time: 9:00 amEnd Time: 4:00 pm Start Date: June 9, 2014 End Date: June 13, 2014 Registration Details First...

Improv Team Work (Group Mind)

Author: Preston Smith When people hear I do improv the expect me to be much funnier they I actually am. Recently, I was told by a group that I presented to that I was not nearly as funny as they had hoped… they announced prior to my presentation that I do improv (thanks, right?). The truth is, improv is a team sport, It is hard for me to do improv on my...

Who is this person to me and how do I feel about them…

Author: Preston Smith Ask yourself at the beginning of every scene: Who is this person to me? How do I feel about them? Asking yourself these questions will help you focus on the emotion and relationship of the scene. Tweet Share this: Share on Facebook Publicly recommend this Share with my professional network Pin it! Tweet This! Subscribe to the comments on...

Get Real

Author: Preston Smith The best reactions are real reactions. Reactions that aren’t planned are real. When you plan a reaction you usually stop listening to what your scene partner is doing or saying. Be honest and real. If something that is said in a scene shocks you, say it, act shocked. If something in the scene makes you sad, act sad… don’t...

Relationship Relationship Relationship

Author: Michael Yichao When in doubt, say “I love you.” This is true in marriages and improv scenes. (Well, really, I can only speak from experience on one of those two subjects, but still.) It all comes down to the relationship. Whenever I’m uncertain what to say or do next, I make eye contact with my partner and tell them as honestly as...