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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. 

liezlwashere:

UCB-LA | Mantzoukas and … | 08.14.14

Just let her play cello. 

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liezlwashere:

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

liezlwashere:

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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ferniecommaalex:

Last week, I did one of my favorite shows I’ve done in a long time… Room 101’s Improv on the Road show. A bunch of great improv teams drove around LA, picking up audience members 3 at a time and giving them a show in the front of the car. Every scene was set in a car, since every scene was performed in a car. It was wonderful and weird.

Puzzles (Deborah Tarica and I) did four sets, and Craig Tovey strapped a GoPro to the windshield for our last one… and so here’s the resulting video! It’s just like you too are in the back seat of my car as I struggle to remember to drive and improvise at the same time! Oh, and also, this particular show we went really blue, so maybe don’t watch it loud at work or around children/prudes.

You can also watch one of Shakedown’s sets here too!

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theminianden: #hightea with these lovely #ladies #rosetreecottage #pasadena #creamtea #yum #love #friends #goodtimes @mercedesmasohn @mekennamelvin @therealyvonnestrahovski @daya10

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