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UCB-LA | Mantzoukas and.. | 09.11.14As requested… Mantzoukas and this month’s surprise improviser, Jack Mcbrayer.Mantzoukas and McBrayer played guys who knew each other (vaguely) in high school, and were waiting at Chipotle for friends to go to a concert. However, we slowly find out Mantzoukas has always idolized McBrayer and has gone through great lengths to spend some time with him, including secretly disinviting everyone else.As they waited for their friends to arrive, between the long, long awkward pauses, Mantzoukas’ conversations included making girls squirt, the viscous yet chalky texture of the suicide drink concoction at Chipotle, and every other possible topic to make McBrayer (his character, and probably actual McBrayer) super uncomfortable.

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UCB-LA | Mantzoukas and.. | 09.11.14

As requested… Mantzoukas and this month’s surprise improviser, Jack Mcbrayer.

Mantzoukas and McBrayer played guys who knew each other (vaguely) in high school, and were waiting at Chipotle for friends to go to a concert.

However, we slowly find out Mantzoukas has always idolized McBrayer and has gone through great lengths to spend some time with him, including secretly disinviting everyone else.

As they waited for their friends to arrive, between the long, long awkward pauses, Mantzoukas’ conversations included making girls squirt, the viscous yet chalky texture of the suicide drink concoction at Chipotle, and every other possible topic to make McBrayer (his character, and probably actual McBrayer) super uncomfortable.

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liezlwashere:

UCB-LA | Yes Please | 08.03.14Amy Poehler in the green room backstage at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

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UCB-LA | Yes Please | 08.03.14

Amy Poehler in the green room backstage at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.

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UCB-LA | Yes Please | 08.03.14Last night Amy read and recorded the last chapter from her book, “Yes Please” for her audiobook. 

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UCB-LA | Yes Please | 08.03.14

Last night Amy read and recorded the last chapter from her book, “Yes Please” for her audiobook. 

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The most useful note I’ve ever gotten in an improv class was in my 201 with Seth Morris, way back in the halcyon days of 2006:

To be a good improviser, you must be a good observer of life.

As a result of this note, I’ve become a fairly avid people watcher. And, on several occasions, I…

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Artists don’t talk about art. Artists talk about work. If I have anything to say to young writers, it’s stop thinking of writing as art. Think of it as work.
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It’s OK not to be a genius, whatever that is, if there even is such a thing…the creative life may or may not be the apex of human civilization, but either way it’s not what I thought it was. It doesn’t make you special and sparkly. You don’t have to walk alone. You can work in an office — I’ve worked in offices for the past 15 years and written five novels while doing it. The creative life is forgiving: You can betray it all you want, again and again, and no matter how many times you do, it will always take you back.
Lev Grossman manages to smash “you don’t have to be a genius” and “keep your day job” into his great essay, "How Not to Write a Novel" (his book, The Magician’s Land, is out this week)

(Source: annajarzab)

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liezlwashere:

UCB-LA | Mantzoukas and … | 08.14.14
Just let her play cello. 

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UCB-LA | Mantzoukas and … | 08.14.14

Just let her play cello. 

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UCB-LA | Mantzoukas and … | 08.14.14
Everyone sings a round of Pachelbel’s Canon to cheer her up.

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UCB-LA | Mantzoukas and … | 08.14.14

Everyone sings a round of Pachelbel’s Canon to cheer her up.

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improvfordumbidiots:

During the course of the first week, Jason Shotts steered us away from placing choices in scenes on a spectrum of right/wrong. Instead, he urged us to look at choices as simple/complicated. Simple choices will make scenes easy, and complicated choices will make us work very hard.

For example,…

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