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.
Monsters At Work
Have you started to watch the new show on Disney+ That is all about what happens next in the world of Monsters Inc? If you haven’t I would give it a try as Monsters At Work is all about how monsters who are used to scare are adapting to having to make children laugh. The second episode of the show there is a section where they briefly mention improv and I thought it would be a great thing to discuss.
The first time we go to Mikes comedy Class, Mindy Kaling’s character Val ends up being part of the class even thoguh it is not relevant to her. When she gets told to stay she mentions that she has done an improv class before and that all they got taught for the whole time was to Yes And Everything. It is very brief but it makes quite a fun joke that I think that the improv community will enjoy.
When you first start learning improv the words YES AND can feel like they are repeated a lot and can seem a bit silly that you do repeat them a lot but it is these exercises that really plaster the concept into your brain and helps you with the benefits later on in your development to really shine through. I vaguely remember my first ever lesson (or you could just read about it here ) Here is the first sentance in my first ever diary about improv
Whatever the scenario just say – yes! The one main thing i learnt from my first lesson of Improv this week. Nothing is too crazy, nothing is too insane, whatever scenario you are put into just say one simple word, that has 3 letters – Y E S.The Improv Diaries – Part 2 – The Tenderloins, 26/10/2015
It is quite funny when you see a show that is taking the mickey out of the words and what you learn and here I am sharing mine and it really highlights what you get taught. All these years later, I can still appreciate the world of Yes And and I really did enjoy that first lesson and it opened up the world of what Yes can do.