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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 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...

The truth is funny

Author: Preston Smith A lot of the time an improvisor will spend so much time trying to create funny moments in scenes. This generally ends badly, with a joke or some forced epitaph that is completely unrelated to what is happening in a scene. Every time I teach a class of new students or an intro class, I always ask them if they can tell me the funniest moment...

Everything you need is right there

Author: Preston Smith A scene is not a complicated thing or, at least it shouldn’t be. When you enter a scene, with in the first 30 seconds you should have everything you need to have a great scene. Accepting the reality that has been created is absolutely important to having a good scene. Not only what is happening in a scene but also, who you are in the...