Improv Is Easy!

(Then why is it so hard?)

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I thought about this a lot and came up with too many specific examples, but I think they can all be grouped under two main points…
The only bad initiation would be setting yourself and your partner up to do a scene you actively dislike and don’t wanna play.
That initiation where neither performer has anything and stares at one another for about five seconds. Why do we do this so often?!
We could write a textbook called The Don’ts of Initiating, but if you wanna keep your improv easy, just don’t initiate a scene you hate. Almost anything else (even my personal favorite: “Get the eff outta here!”) can be really, really fun.
I’d love to hear some other takes on this question!

I thought about this a lot and came up with too many specific examples, but I think they can all be grouped under two main points…

  • The only bad initiation would be setting yourself and your partner up to do a scene you actively dislike and don’t wanna play.
  • That initiation where neither performer has anything and stares at one another for about five seconds. Why do we do this so often?!

We could write a textbook called The Don’ts of Initiating, but if you wanna keep your improv easy, just don’t initiate a scene you hate. Almost anything else (even my personal favorite: “Get the eff outta here!”) can be really, really fun.

I’d love to hear some other takes on this question!

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  1. improvisorsimprovisor reblogged this from improv-is-easy and added:
    I don’t believe there’s any such thing as a bad initiation. Sure, your wording might be clumsy, or stilted, wordy or not...
  2. nicclee reblogged this from talkingimprov and added:
    I’m guilty of unintentionally initiating scenes I don’t want to be in. I don’t know why, but I fall into the habit of...
  3. talkingimprov reblogged this from mullaney and added:
    I’d also go with coming out with a vague initiation, or being too polite so as not to step on your scene partner in case...
  4. mullaney reblogged this from improv-is-easy and added:
    I would also add, don’t start a scene that you know your partner will hate.
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