Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Improv, while spontaneous, is also a discipline. It takes practice. Going for the obvious jokes is so common because people don't practice enough to get beyond them. It reminds me of a technique one improv company used to do in their warm up - they'd say all the cuss words they could think of just to get it out of their system. It's not an easy laugh, it's a tedious gratuitous string of cuss words unless it is all attached to character.
To get to character in improv takes practice. To build trust -- in your own skills and in the skills of your company of actors -- takes practice.
Just because we make it up on the spot doesn't mean we don't have to practice.
-- doug smith