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edmond bulldogs and all-star micetro

Edmond Bulldogs changed my mind about sketch, which I didn't like. But now I've decided that I like really good sketch. And really good sketch and really good improv should be indistinguishable from each other to the audience.

They were really wierd. Odd. Random. But it works. And they were extremely good actors. No wonder they've a pilot for MTV.

After riding the high of watching Edmond Bulldogs, there was all-star Micetro. And it was AWESOME. The energy of watching improv, when there are mostly improvisers in a crowded house, is just wonderful. And competitive improv too! The audience was so unruly, it was great.

I took three workshops yesterday:
Erika May & Bob McNichol: Patient Scenework. It was good, and Erika told me she felt so proud of Austin, because of how we did at that workshop.
Karen Herr (Goga): Co-ed improv. It was interesting. And she is a blunt but good director. Though, I've had 2 people tell me that they didn't like their shows.
Asaf Ronen (Imp, yesand.com): Directing improv. This one was fun. Even though I got yet another feedback to be an "asshole" on stage. And when I tried I was still a "nice asshole". Before, Mick Napier had also said that I should be more aggressive. Sigh. I'm thinking on this. And I think it's good advice in a limited way. I'm tired of watching chicago scenes with conflict and arguments. Sometimes it's nice to see the story progress because people agree. And negative scenes shouldn't be 90% of all improv you see.

I actually went to the after party, because of all the high I got from micetro. And was there till 5:30 am. I'm skipping Dave Buckman's class. And have not time for a good lunch before Rafe Chase's (3 for all) workshop.

Overall, yesterday was a very good improv day.


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Sep. 3rd, 2006 05:59 pm (UTC)
Mick Napier had also said that I should be more aggressive.
At which point I would have walked to center-stage and yelled: "Fuck you, Mick! That aggressive enough for ya?"


I agree with you: Improv has way too much conflict and arguments. When it became a sport it lost its storytelling soul. Now it just seems like a bunch of guys (and I do mean guys) trying to top each other by being jokey or cruel to each other on stage. Ugly. Instead of giving you notes to "be more aggressive", those directors should have been giving everyone notes on how to be cooperative and inclusive.

Edmond Bulldogs pilot for MTV
Excellent news about Edmond Bulldogs. I saw them at Out of Bounds a few years back and they were amazing. I loved the way their sketch stuff retained the spirit of Improv. I would love to see more of that kind of theater.
Sep. 4th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
if you like storytelling you should come watch tonight's show! they're one of the best improvisers i've seen, and they do narrative longform, tonight at 8 pm, Hideout, $5. I highly, highly recommend this.
Sep. 4th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
IMO, people who think that "Yes, And" means you always yes (no matter the situation) usually end up doing polite improv. I know this is what Mick is referring to.

It's much more than that. To use a simple example, if my character is pathetic and nobody likes him, the scene heightens when nobody gives him what he wants, even if it includes saying the word "no."

I feel like being aggressive in improv is important, keeping in mind that there are different levels of that. Bulldozing and taking off your shirt and humping things is rarely fun to watch. But being aggressive when it comes to *your thing* is always fun to watch.
Sep. 4th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
"IMO, people who think that "Yes, And" means you always yes (no matter the situation) usually end up doing polite improv. I know this is what Mick is referring to."

Yeah, the more I go to workshops and watch improv. The more I realize there is no rules. Just do good improv, and do good acting. Some improvisers break all the rules and are so watchable, and some follow textbook IO rules and bore me.

Mick said it well in his book: when a show goes badly, people deconstruct and analyze and tried to find what went wrong. But when a show goes well, people say "good job! I like it." And don't analyze the show to death.
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