At Mesa Riverview – SUITE #114

Sometimes, Less is More…

Author: Preston Smith It isn’t a bad thing to be able to add tons of information to a scene but sometimes it isn’t exactly what is needed or wanted in a scene. If listening is a key to improv, and it is… then shouldn’t we help each other out by not giving each other tons and tons of information to listen to and remember? Say things with...

Taking care of yourself

Author: Preston Smith My last post touched upon the idea of, “taking care of yourself”. I felt like it deserved a little more elaboration. Taking care of yourself means to have a character, emotion and point of view, it doesn’t mean to plan a scene. The great thing about characters, emotions and points of view is that they are transferable, no...

“I’ve got nothing”

Author: Preston Smith You might think “I’ve got nothing” when you start a scene. This is actually a good thing. I want to hug people that say that to me! Saying, “I’ve got nothing” means that you are ready to start listening in a scene. It means that you’re open and ready to create a scene with your scene...

Get out of your head…

and start listening… The first 2 years I did improv I spend 95% of my time trying to figure out what I was going to say… I’d think, “Oh man, that would be the perfect start to a scene.” or “I’ll say this, and then they’ll say this, then I’ll say this.” and of course the inevitable, “Saying this...

How watching improv can help you learn it…

One of the benefits of taking improv classes at Jester’z is that you get into shows for FREE… we do this to encourage students to come to as many shows as possible. Watching an improv show through the eye of improv training can be an invaluable way to learn how improv. Unfortunately, watching the show through the eye of a student may take a little...

Find the Funny, Don’t Be the Funny

As we start some new classes this week, I am constantly reminded about how important it is in improv to find the funny rather then being the funny. As a new improvisor and even sometimes as old time improvisors we must be reminded that it is our goal to discover what is funny about everyday situations and to recreate those situations in a scene. The most common...

Why I Took An Improv Class – Preston Smith

5.5 years ago I took my first class at Jester’Z Improv. I was so nervous that I didn’t tell anyone I was taking the class. I didn’t have any theater background or any improv experience, so I really didn’t know what to expect. I signed up for the classes because I worked for a student tour company and spent a lot of time on buses with...