The Improv Diaries – Decisions and Rehearsals [Case Study – Andy Samberg ]

This week was all about rehearsals – we have our christmas show next week so this week was all about working out our set and making sure that we are happy with what games we are playing and what we want to put out as a christmas show. We want to make sure that the games are different to our last two shows because we have a longer set and also want to bring something a bit different to the table.

We also brought a guitar to the rehearsal this week to try out a few new things – we first tried a few improv songs and then later on we experimented on bringing it into a different game that wasn’t music related to see what it could bring to the game and if we felt happy doing it. It was a game that may have a potential but needs a lot of work and is not something that we can bring to the next show we put it to one side and moved on to the games that we were going to bring to the festive show next week.

For this show we decided to keep in the games Mirrors and the Dating game as it always goes really well with the audience and gets a laugh. We were also going to add two more games to the running order – one of them pretty physical and one of them more focussed on scenes as we don’t have many games that are aimed at that. We have a good run of games coming up and thats always really fun to do. In this show I will be taking a slight step back and be performing in less games then the others – this is fine it means that I can do a lot of physical things and the two games that I am doing are a lot of energy.

This week was as always a lot of fun and it will be good to bring the new games to a stage to test them and to see what the reactions are from the audience.

Case Study – Andy Samberg

I go through stages of watching random comedy stuff on Youtube and The Lonely Island SNL shorts are always something I really enjoy watching. I have been rewatching Brooklyn 99 recently and made me want to watch some of his comedy shorts. When it comes to improv I find Andy quite inspiring when it comes to watching him for physicality and characters. He is very good at moulding into really silly people and giving them the most crazy characters personas.

For the next show we are doing all my roles are pretty physical so I have been watching old Lonely Island Videos and SNL shorts to see how he uses these to create humour. One of the videos that I watched this week was Threw It on The Ground – this is one of the most silliest songs that they have probably had but the thing that i like about it is that he stays so serious and stuck in this arrogant character that it makes the whole scenario ten times more funny. In the two games that I am playing for the Christmas show one of them I have ti be really physical (and its out of my control) and the other one only my hands are on show but they lead the way so watching these physical based characters are really important to grow as an improviser.

Even watching Andy when he is playing less physical characters can be really inspiring as well as he uses body movements to channel personality and movement to a scene – if you watch the videos that go along with the film Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping you will notice that even the most subtlest arm movements can really bring energy and comedy to a scene or a song.   So whilst i may not be in a lot of the games next week I am going to channel my Inner Andy Samberg or his fellow Lonely Islander Jorm Taccone in the I’m on a Boat acoustic below.

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