So tomorrow night I am coaching Jo’s improv troupe.

I really don’t know why she asked me to do it. I’m not some superstar instructor. Hell, I’m not an instructor at all.

Anyway, I think I’ve got a decent handle on what we’re going to do. I want to really work hard on “live truthfully in an imaginary world”, with a heavy emphasis on “imaginary”. A lot of improvisers are really afraid of going ridiculous – our comfort zone is in reality. But creating an absurd situation and playing it STRAIGHT ON can be fantastic.

I just am trying to remember some good exercises to help with this. Nando – you got any ideas?


~ by Matt Stratton on April 13, 2005.

2 Responses to “Nervous”

  1. you added me! i feel so special 😀

    my favorite improv scene ever involved lesbians, performance art, and a toilet on fire. don’t hesitate to embrace the absurd.

  2. Yeah. When I was working with the actors in Gaia, I hammered into them my mantra of “live truthfully in an imaginary world”. I realized after a while that they misheard “truth” as “realism”.

    To be true is not necessarily to be realistic.

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