THIS IS A SERIES BY DAVID ESCOBEDO THAT OFFERS A SIMPLIFIED PERSPECTIVE ON THREE BASIC OR SMALL ELEMENTS OF IMPROV. THERE ARE SURELY WAYS TO DECONSTRUCT AND FIND EXCEPTIONS. IT WOULD BE HARD TO FIND ANYTHING IN IMPROV THAT OPERATES UNIVERSALLY. THESE ARE OFFERED AS ONE PERSPECTIVE THAT MAY HELP SOME PEOPLE, AND ARE JUST TIPS OF THE ICEBERG WHEN IT COMES TO THE CONCEPTS.
Don’t chase your partner around the stage. It becomes white noise and it puts a lot of pressure on your partner.
At the very top of scenes, when nothing has been established, silence can add stakes and relationships where words feel false.
BULLIES ALWAYS LOSE
Everyday life is a struggle. You are providing a service. An audience doesn’t want to spend their time coming to see a show where the bad guy wins. It may work in the short term, but in the long run an audience will come to be rejuvenated.
Mistakes are GIFs,