Improv Conspiracy Blog

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  January 10, 2014

You may be here because you’re looking for a creative outlet. Perhaps you had a brief and steamy tryst with go-go dancing, ikebana or Soft Cheese Making In Your Own Home … but broke things off once it became clear that your needs were not being fully satisfied.

You may be here because you spend your workday popping a vein over what is and isn’t billable, dutiable, determinable, ‘not unreasonable but not reasonable’ – and when the English language became so easily screwed and screwable?

You may be here because you have been told more than once to “just relax” and in the ensuing spitstorm of “I AM RELAXED YOU C****S****M****F****” you realized: 

You need to do something fun. 

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  January 5, 2014

2013 was the year I did two things I’d always wanted to do but had always found too daunting: I started taking improv classes and I got knocked up. For me, the two experiences have been inextricably linked—I first knew I was pregnant when I tasted the bitter regurgitation of a morsel of laksa during a level 3 improv class, and while it’s fair to say I had been experiencing nausea since my first level 1 class—who wouldn’t feel sick at the prospect of being given a one-word suggestion and then told they now had to make up an entire scene from it on the spot—this was different.

Anyway, although I’m a total novice at both improv and having babies (I’m only about six months into my improv education and still three months away from actually giving birth), I don’t see why that should stop me from self-importantly sharing my observations in all the ways learning improv is just like preparing to have a baby. 

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  January 2, 2014

So, you're thinking about taking improv classes because you:

a) want a fun challenge
b) love performing
c) want to make new friends and drink many a beer after classes and shows
d) Tina Fey and Amy Poehler subliminally told you to
e) Just 'cause, dammit

Even with all these awesome reasons swimming around your head, there's still something holding you back.

Are you not much of an extrovert? Do you get stage fright? You think you can't make people laugh because you don't get comments on your Facebook statuses saying “U shud be a comedian LoL!”?

Well, here's the good news: by day, most improvisers are lawyers, writers, IT technicians, teachers, students, scientists, couch people, regular people who aren't defined by their careers, and performers. We're not a convoy of show-ponies. The best improv team will have a mix of thinkers and doers who are willing to take on every role.

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  December 23, 2013

Contrary to popular belief, the stage is not the scariest place in the world; it’s actually the safest place you can be if you want a chance to delve into some feelings.

This year has been a roller coaster for me, and I’ve learnt so much both in my normal life and in improv. I’ve been struggling with that age old dilemma of “finding oneself”, and I don’t think that my introduction to the Improv Conspiracy could have come at a better time in my life.

During one of my introductory classes I experienced a moment of clarity where it dawned on me; learning how to improvise is simply learning how to deal with life in the present moment. There were so many little lessons and sayings that I'd heard in my classes that were designed to help us do good scenes, but slowly I realized that they were actually teaching me something about myself and how to enjoy my life. Lessons such as “agree and advance”, “open up your emotions”, “make your partner look good” and “don’t plan ahead” are things that have held their place in my life ever since.

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  December 19, 2013

One year ago I enrolled in a summer intensive course with the Improv Conspiracy.  I didn’t know much about longform improv, and I was initially drawn to the course due to the fact that my family had gone to Europe without me and I was very bored. The prospect of spending my birthday alone was super, super depressing, so I thought it better to spend it with new improv pals!

The fact that I was able to do two 3-day courses over two weeks to complete the (then) entire course program also appealed to me, and most of all; the chance to perform in a class show at the conclusion of the workshops was a unique opportunity.

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