Improv Class 17 September 2008

Workshop 09-24-08This wasn’t a 3-Headed Expert scene – just 3 guys (Andre, James, and Patrick – with Nacy looking on) who made a touching connection in this scene. This and other pictures are available in the album for this class.

After our warm-ups, we started our scene work with a full rotation of Gift Giving. We followed that with a series of Phone Bank scenes. I like that exercise because it’s good practice at taking and giving focus, and I think everyone did pretty well.

Then came Continuing Scene Changing Genre. There were some great scenes the made fantastic use of the given genres. A lot of very fun work.

We had a round of Irish Drinking Songs, but this time we did them as Day In The Life stories. Each group got to listen as I interviewed someone in the audience about their day. Then, the song had to incorporate what they heard, retelling that person’s experiences in the course of the day. A nice challenge around pacing and listening for the beats in a story. Some great moments (“I only have 2 seconds”).

We finished with a 3-Line Drill exercise, which we haven’t done for a bit. I want to keep focusing on open scene work as a way to sharpen everyone’s performance skills, so expect to see more of this exercise.

Improv Class 10 September 2008

No pictures from this class due to a problem with my camera (no batteries!). It was another big class with 26 people, but we got quite a bit of work in.

After our usual warm-up exercises (Character Intros, Whoosh Bang Pow, 1-Word Story), we started out with a Yes And…Story exercise. This was new for everyone, and it’s a good beginning exercise.

We also got a round of Create Objects To Speak scenes, which was a good challenge for everyone. We’ll need to do more physical/pantomime work.

After a round of Irish Drinking Song, we did the Bus Stop scene for our advanced scene work. I thought that went pretty well, but I can see we need to also get back to working on our open scenes.

It’s so boring without pictures.

Improv Class 3 September 2008

Workshop 9-3-08I don’t say often enough how much you all crack me up. I enjoy the amazing complete pieces with interesting relationships and magic between the experienced players as well as the struggles and raw insights of the new players. I don’t remember what happened during this 3-Headed Expert scene, but I remember being completely out of control with laughter. Thanks to you all for keeping me enthusiastic about showing up each week for this time together.

You will find more pictures from the class in this weeks album. It was a big class with 25 players, and we spent some time going over more performance pieces. After our usual warm-ups, everyone got in a Counting Words scene, and we had a complete set of 3-Headed Expert scenes.

We sang the Irish Drinking Song and then worked on Scenes From A Hat for some more advanced scene work. Since everthing went so well, we included all of these pieces in the show on the 6th.

It was a good day to improvise.

Improv Show September 6, 2008

Improv Show 9-6-2008The Santa Barbara Improv Workshop is putting on an Improvisational Comedy Show this coming Saturday, September 6, 2008. We’ll be at the recently renovated Jefferson Hall, 1525 Santa Barbara Street starting at 8:00 pm.

The show will be a mix of long time improv performers from Caught In The Act along side some fresh, new faces that will knock your socks off.

Once again, the particulars are:

Time: 8:00 pm until about 9:30 pm

Date: Saturday September 6th, 2008

Location: Jefferson Hall, 1525 Santa Barbara Street (near Anapamu)

Improv Class 27 August 2008

Workshop 8-27-08You know, I can’t always articulate why a particular photo tickles my fancy. Ever since I started using the albums as a way to make a lot more of the photos from each workshop available, I try to pick out my one favorite photo as a representative of the night. There’s something about these two grown men mugging for the camera that just summarizes my continued enthusiasm for improv. In some ways, it’s a public service. Would really want these two out on the streets every Wednesday night?

We were at another new location while our regular digs are going through their final primping. The Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center was gracious enough to let us use their training room for the workshop this week, and it was a great space. We had 16 players for the night. None were brand new, although we had one player there for her second night.

Our warm ups included a large group 1 Person Move exercise and a couple of 1 Word Story groups. After that, I wanted to make sure that we worked on some games that are typical performance pieces rather than just exercise pieces.

We got in a full rotation of Pillars, where everyone got a chance to play both a pillar and a performer. Then we did a series of Sound Effects scenes before singing the Irish Drinking Song. We ended the night with a set of Expert Panel scenes.

A good night, especially since it was a slightly smaller workshop than usual. Next week we will be back in our usual location, Jefferson Hall – 1525 Santa Barbara Street.