Posts tagged improv
Posts tagged improv
“Tina is a very hard worker. She set a goal and then she reached it.” - Jimmy Fallon
"Herman The German…" -Colin Quinn
"She’s a sprite with a Rommel battle plan.[…] Her true vice is cupcakes.”(Vanity Fair, 2009)
“Tina is not clay. When she got [at SNL she was kind of goofy-looking, but everyone had a crush on her because she was so funny and bitingly mean. How did she go from ugly duckling into swan? It’s the Leni Riefenstahl in her. She has such a German work ethic even though she’s half Greek. It’s superhuman, the German thing of ‘This will happen and I am going to make this happen.’ It’s just sheer force of will.” - Lorne Michaels
"[She is self-depreciating.] She’ll always see herself as that other, the thing she came from.” - Kay Cannon
“Rules are Tina’s Achilles’ heel in some ways. She’s half German, half Greek. That is just like loosey-goosey-crazy, and then you get, ‘Do the trains run on time?’ And she has her principles and she sticks to her principles more than anybody I’ve ever met in my life. Like that whole idea of, if you are in a relationship, there are deal breakers. There’s not a lot of gray area in being flirty with somebody. She’s very black-and-white: ‘We’re married—you can’t.’” - Jeff Richmond
“Deep talent, deep humor. She just floors me. Funny stuff comes out of her mouth so effortlessly in response to some mundane remark someone makes. Nothing changes on her face when she lets loose with these one-liners.[…] And with all that gift, Tina, off camera, is quite shy and I get shy around her.” - Jane Fonda
"She is just totally her own person and self-possessed, and just kind of straight-on. I just liked her because she has an intelligent sensibility, and she doesn’t compromise it. She’s exceptional. " - Lily Tomlin
"Tina Fey smells like Apples and Brilliance." - Bobby Moynihan.
"I’m still the kind of person, if I see someone cutting in line, it’s like, excuse me, what are you doing? I’ll get in a fight in, like, the Easy Spirit on the Upper West Side, on someone’s behalf. "
“I want to keep creating comedy that is, as my old improv teacher would say, at the top of our intelligence or higher. It’s easy to fall into the trap of just cranking out things that are good enough to sell.”
Kelly Sue DeConnick (from here)
Also true for improv — make a scene you want to be in/see.
Some wise words from Dame Julie.
In other words… fuck your fear.
This class will force you out of your t-shirt and jeans comfort zone, and urge you to put on character skins. Using the Eventé as a structure, this class will work to heighten your theatricality, your [time] period play as well as balancing plot and game. You’ll come out of this class with an arsenal of new character types and acting styles, as well as an understanding of The Eventé improv form.
The Eventé is a form revolving around a single event/scene. The first scene establishes the event. That scene informs, and is followed by several background scenes which explore the world leading up to, or resulting from the event. One character from the event scene usually serves as a plot thread. Then the event scene is performed again, taking into account new information discovered by the background scenes. The Event scene can be returned to any number of times, provided the event scene evolves and heightens with each replay.
The Evente is one of my favorite improv forms, and this’ll be a great class.
Sign up, NYC improvisers!
Fridays 7-10 p.m.
April 4 - May 16
Because “yes, and…” makes everything better!
Reason #6. You could go anywhere… instantly.
- Omar, The Wire
I’m opening all of my improv coaching sessions with this line.
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