You may notice a pattern with these articles that ever so often I will refer to Rainn Wilson’s book – well I read that book and felt that there was a lot that was relevant to this article so yet again we are going back to this again. Read the excerpt below and then I will explain what I thought about when I read this.
So as you can see it isn’t as relevant as what you probably thought but this paragraph made me think of it in relation to improv. A lot of people who come to shows that are not improvisers are always surprised that the content that they see is made up on the spot. I was the same, when I watched Whose Line Was a kid this didn’t really relate because as a 7 year old I used to find Ryan Styles Goofy and that’s why I Liked it. No, i am talking about when I re-found Improv when I was video editing in 2012 for ComComedy and came across The Noise Next Door.
I was fascinated with them and the fact everything was made up on the spot and I remember the first time I saw them live at St James Theatre I walked away not able to breath as I was laughing so much. That fascination of them making things up on the spot is what lead me to want to train in it.
I think that is where the magic of impov lies – the magic and sometimes it is important to remind ourselves as improvisers that even if we do mess up on the stage – it doesn’t matter the audience will enjoy what you are putting on there and they will believe in its magic even if you do not!