Totally agree with Corey Brown here - I am fine with back line support or straight man, or even just giving as many gifts as possible to my scene partners to make them look gooooood…. At the end of the day, it’s team work, not individual work.
The best compliment you can give my improv show is to tell me it was funny. That’s why I’m doing it — I want to help make a funny show. I like being funny and always want to be more funny more often. I love when my shows get laughs and I super-love it when I in particular get laughs…
As a teacher, I think it’s really important to stress that students shouldn’t be trying to be funny. This is more than just semantics. It’s really important that students, especially new students, not try to be funny. Improv tends to be most funny when you are not trying to be funny, but trying to be good (or truthful or specific). It can be deathly when students put on their funny hats and funny accents and tell their best jokes. I know you are not advocating that. It’s just that I think with the pressure that performers feel to “be funny”, they often resort to shit that is death to comedy and theater in general…
Love this response, and love hearing Kevin Mullaney’s opinion always, even though I still feel passionately the same as my original post.
I hope this isn’t copping out, but I’m focusing mostly on the “WANT” in the “You should want to be funny.” Like the desire is not something to be ashamed of, and should be acknowledged as the thing that brought many of us to this art form. And that enjoying being told you’re funny is not a something to be ashamed of, but an understandable thing that many of us feel. I hadn’t considered it as a teaching tool, though Mullaney’s point about the dangers of praising the wrong thing during class seems right…
For many years, I was very self conscious about my age. As a kid and an adolescent, I felt like I was ahead of everyone, but younger than most people in my classes. Lately, I have been feeling like I am older than most people I know - older in age, more experienced - but not old. I think it’s the Bible that says that there’s a time for everything - as much as I believe this is true, I also think that people take it a little too literally and a little too far. I feel like time limits and timing milestones are “noise” in life and that we should get rid of some of those timelines imposed on us by popular culture, and by ourselves.
For example, the timing for a woman to get married is different from one State to another, from one country to another. In general though, when a woman over 40 is not married, well, it is considered just sad or weird. Look at the rumors about Kagan. Why? Because she’s considered too old? Rotten? And should be put aside? Thrown away? This is linked to the popular belief that women who go through menopause are angry and dry and useless. People also believe that men become better with age, while women don’t. I think this is an erroneous perception. I think men go downhill when they turn 50. They have prostate issues, blood pressure, a thickening waistband and seriously receding hairline. Hell, after 35, most men don’t even take care of themselves and are so set in their ways that they become close minded and grumpy when you ask them to do something that is different from their routine. Why would we want to marry THAT?
In a relationship, I often hear my friends say “we’ve seen each other for 2 weeks, so we should do this and that.” Or, “it’s out three month anniversary, so we should be at this stage.” Outside of relationships, the most common thing you hear is; “I am too old to do this.” For me, this is just noise. Why impose limits on ourselves? Because, don’t be fooled, these are all limits and barriers. The third date barrier, the three months barrier, the two day barrier before you call, the age barrier that says it’s too late to start a new activity… why not move forward with your guts? You want to call someone, well then CALL. You want to go to a picnic or meet up with friends with someone you met three days ago, then do it! You want to start learning how to bungee jump? What’s holding you back? Tomorrow’s another day and we could all be blown up by a giant asteroid as far as I know.
Bottom line is, time is what it is. It is only moving forward. You can’t stop it, or “make” it, and there are only 24 hours a day. You just need to “take” it as it goes by and make the most out of it.
“In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer. Even if the encounter involves you and may be necessary to your defense, and even if the recording is on a public street where no expectation of privacy exists.” — Gizmodo (via Matt S)
The TV show Max Headroom accurately predicted this trend, and I believe it will happen much as it turns my stomach. Yes, let’s be scared of a device that simply preserves occurrences as they happened without having to be filtered through the opinion of the people who did them.
“Louisiana isn’t the only place that has shrimp,” said British Petroleum rep RandyPrescott. His office phone number is (713) 323-4093, email is email@example.com. Give him a call or send an email! You can tell him and BP they aren’t the only place that has fuel for your car! Please repost!
First McDonald’s gay ad broadcast in France. Do you think it’s cute or do you think the kid should be out of the closet? I think it’s cute… I think many kids this age don’t even know their sexual orientation, so it makes sense that he doesn’t share it with his dad. What do you think? Check it out and feel free to comment!