The major difference between Improv and Stand up is team vs individual. Improv is a team sport (if you’ve ever seen an improv show where this is not realized it is PAINFUL) while stand-up is a solo sport. Improv is soccer, stand-up is boxing. Improv is hockey, Stand-up is surfing. Improv is Jai alai, Stand-up is motocross. Improv is Mahjong, Stand-up is… still reading? I’m sure you get the point which was actually made back when I called Improv a team sport and Stand-up an individual sport. Continue reading
I am surprised by the number of actors who are confused by my saying come check out my improv show.
First response is usually something in the area of, “So you’re doing Stand-up at the Improv?”
No, I’m doing an improv show?
Their response, “So, like sketches then…?”
Many actors who aren’t in the comedy world seem to see all three of these very different forms of comedy as one.
I’ll try to make a bit of a distinction here for you.
Lately, I’ve been looking at things that serve me personally and things that serve my career.
Since this is not about me and my personal stuff we’ll focus on the career part. As I’m culling out projects, people, and general distraction from my career (I didn’t move here to surf), I’ve had to take a look at why I’m doing a weekly improv show.
Does this serve me?
I had to think about it. There have been groups I’ve left because it was simply a case of doing a show for your friends. This serves nothing but your ego and hookup percentage. Nothing wrong with serving either of those categories but it does not serve the career (unless one of the hookups is connected). Continue reading
If you are new to the improv world you may find yourself at different shows thinking, “What are they doing? This is completely different than the last show I caught.”
There are many different distinctions in improv. The most basic of the genres breaks down into two camps; Short form, also referred to as games and Long form. Continue reading
Several times a month I am asked, “Who has the best improv classes?” or “Where should I go for improv training?”. Here is the answer I always honestly give, “I don’t know.”
I hear you asking why does this joker have a blog, yet no answers.
The reason I can’t give a definitive-one-right-answer to this question is because it is a personal question, hence different for each. The most basic catalyst question you need to answer is, “Why am I taking an improv classes?” Continue reading