UCB-LA | Yes Please | 08.03.14
Last night Amy read and recorded the last chapter from her book, “Yes Please” for her audiobook.
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…
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)
UCB-LA | Mantzoukas and … | 08.14.14
Everyone sings a round of Pachelbel’s Canon to cheer her up.
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.
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!