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Fear is the glue on my feet

My improv troupe was invited to perform with Pgraph last night. I think it went well, I had more compassion on myself, and I had read Mick Napier's book that day, so was committed to having fun and getting out of my head. I strummed on Roy's ukelele while he hosted, and was wondering what I was doing on stage, but I chased the thought away. My attitude was good up until we played 185. This is a joke format. Like
"185 pigs walked into a bar.
The bartender said, we don't serve your kind here
The pigs says: punchline"
Basically, replace pigs with X, and make some sort of punny/funny reference. But I kept holding myself back, and it was definitely out of fear.
Andy says: Anything in improv is okay, as long as you don't do it out of fear or laziness.
When Bob Mchnichol suggested "school vice president" I didn't go out.. even though there was a lack of volunteers and I actually had a pun! So here it goes:
"185 vice presidents walked into a bar.
The bartender said, "We don't serve your kind here!"
The bartender and the vice presidents got into a fight and the bartender got schooled!"




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Jun. 8th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
"185 New York State Troopers walked into a bar.
The bartender said, "We don't serve your kind here!"
The troopers said "make it 185 Virgin Marys; we're still on duty".
Jun. 8th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
i don't get it.
Jun. 8th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
Well it wasn't very good, so there might not be much to get. The New York State troopers didn't listen to the bartender, but they did follow the rules by getting a drink with no alcohol.

I was trying to be neither fearful nor lazy, but didn't have a good idea.

It takes me a long time to get wormed up in one of these pun games.

e.g. the she was only a game: She was only a mortician's daughter, but I cadaver
Jun. 8th, 2006 12:40 am (UTC)
...warmed up...
Jun. 8th, 2006 12:46 am (UTC)
fearful or lazy is bad.
i've never heard of she was the only game though. interesting!
Jun. 8th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
The she was only a... game is really old. I first saw it in some humor magazines from the late 1920's, but it might be much older than that.
Jun. 8th, 2006 12:49 am (UTC)
I laughed, and probably would have laughed a lot harder if I'd been warmed up by previous jokes. :=)

No fear!
Jun. 8th, 2006 12:55 am (UTC)
aw. you're so sweet :)

i was at a wedding last sunday, and thought about the post you made.. about weddings and rituals. isn't it funny how you don't know who even read your post, if they just read a bit, and whether people actually remember it?

it was a jewish wedding, and full of rituals, though probably modernized, but it was quite interesting to watch. there was the dancing around the parents because their last child got married off.

i hope you're enjoying seattle, it's my fav city.
Jun. 8th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
It is funny; I often read a post and think, "Wow, that was interesting," but then don't actually comment because I don't feel like I have anything intelligent to say.

If you ever come to Seattle, let us know. Once we get the house, we'll have a spacious guest room. :)

Jun. 8th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
thanks for the open invitation!! :)
i have a good friend in seattle who i usually stay with, but we should hang out sometime when i'm there.. take me to nice trails.
Jun. 8th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
I don't really like that game. The "punny" side of improv just isn't my bag. I don't enjoy listening to it and I don't enjoy participating. But from time to time I find myself doing both as not to look too negative.
I guess it just stems from one's own sense of humor and whatnot...and I'm not one for too many puns.
Jun. 8th, 2006 06:53 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm usually more into story-telling improv, creating characters that an audience can invest their emotions in, and good stories.. the witty/sardonic/sarcastic/punny side of improv is not too attractive to me.
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