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Blind Line Leading the Blind Line - We're All Mad Here
You can tell I'm mad because I have straw in my hair.
Blind Line Leading the Blind Line
My improv comedy troupe just held auditions, and we've brought in a couple of dozen new players. I've been showing up for the practices because I like to get to know people, and because I figure I could always use a refresher on the basics, too. Many of the new players are entirely new to improv, and it's fun watching people figure things out for the first time.

The weird thing is, I'm a senior player now. On the one hand, this makes sense. I've been with the troupe since 2005, and have been playing shows for nearly six years now. I've been to a lot of workshops with a lot of talented teachers; I've had a fair bit of time to identify what works and what doesn't, what's going to build a scene and what's going to tank one, and things like that.

On the other hand: I'm a sysadmin. I wandered into the auditions in 2005 on a whim, and was shocked when I got into the troupe. I've spent the time since then trying to figure out what on Earth I was doing, desperately trying to analyze the performances of the other improvisors to make sense of why some scenes were great, and some were terrible. Honestly, I think I've still only got a shaky grasp of that.

So it's pretty odd to me that there are now people looking up to me, trying to learn improv from what I'm doing. I feel like I should warn them that I haven't really got it together yet. However, people do regularly pay money to come see me onstage -- even people I don't know! And the folks in charge of the troupe keep scheduling me, and even letting me lead teams, so I suppose I'm doing all right at this hobby.

Still, I feel like I've suddenly been called on to teach a class on economics. I'm interested in the subject, and I dabble in it; I'll even discuss theories at parties. But basically, I'm just making it up as I go along. I'm not prepared to have people writing down what I say. It doesn't seem like the sort of thing that's going to go well for them when the test rolls around.

Mood of the Moment: busy busy
Auditory Hallucination: Batman TV Theme

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classytart From: classytart Date: February 9th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're not qualified to teach improv because you make it up as you go along?

hrraatth From: hrraatth Date: October 14th, 2012 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
"But basically, I'm just making it up as I go along. "

DUUHHH!! Definition of improv:
"Just making it up as we go along"

Or did I miss something?
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