If there is one thing that fascinates me about improv and that is how it is portrayed in Television and Film. This is becoming more and more apparent in recent years because the comedy art form is sort of in fashion. There are some interesting topics that we can gain from these ways they are displayed so every so often we are going to look at different scenes from different shows and films.
Now if you are looking for a show that is all about improv then this is the show for you as our is all about bringing improv into the real world and using the skills to see the silly things that people will do without realising it. There are so many episodes of this show but I feel the real ranges of the comedy and the improv definitely comes from the first few seasons as it gets more commercial later on.
So as an improviser, why is it good to watch this show? Well there are quite a few games that take the skills and formats of real improv games and take them into the ‘wild’. Games such as improv presentation, putting balloons on people in the grocery store, getting people to take part on silly things are fun to watch and also really interesting to see how these games work when the audience do not know that improv is being out upon them. Even when the audience do not know what is happening it is a sort of really interesting ‘experiment’ to see how people can react and even take part in the silliest activities.
I think this is a fresh way to look at improv and in some ways can give you inspiration, some of the games they think will not work with their members of the public work really well and others that they really like do not go across well. This is similar to what can happen on stage when you come up with new ideas and games. Sometimes your favourites will do really well in front of the audience and sometimes they will not.
The thing is, an audience of any kind can be completely unpredictable and that is what makes improv fun. It can be a unique experience every time and even the silliest idea should always be reserved and tested to see if they work. You will be surprised.