Improv

Improv Corner – Improv In The Media – Hard Cell

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.

Catherine Tate has a new show on Netflix called Hard Cell, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but I ended up finding it very easy to get into. If you are fans of shows like the Office and Parks and Recreation then you will be enjoy this show. The one thing that makes this show unique to these other shows is that Catherine Tate plays a lot of different characters. I wasn’t sure at first if I was going to like it as it may be difficult to actually accept but surprisingly, in true Catherine Tate, it was incredibly easy to accept and actually you forget a lot of the time.

I ended up watching all of the episodes back to back in one night, which I did not expect to do but it was such an easy watch. The one thing that really stood out for me was the characters of Catherine Tate and felt that this was a fantastic example that can be used for improv.

Characters can be really hard to create, especially on the spot in an improv setting and this is why this show is so interesting to take a look at. Even if you only watch one episode look at all the characters that Catherine Tate plays – look at the ways she creates the characters, the facial expressions, the speaking, the body movements – they are all so different and that is why it works to a point where you start to accept that they are all induvial in their own right.

I find character a fascinating topic and it is one thing in improv that I love doing and really want to explore more in the future. There is so many ways that you can create personalities and when it is done on stage it can bring a scene to life.

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