Improv Corner – Improv In The Media – Hidden Bodies

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

On this feature, we have spoken before about how the Netflix Show You, delves into the world of improv in season 2. Well, today we are going to look at the book that the show was based on Hidden Bodies (by Caroline Kepnes) delves into the world of improv but it is slight less obvious way. There are some parts of the book that actually have reference to improv.

Now, just like the television show, the book can really take a bit of a sinister look at things and whilst this line I am going to share has a great topic to talk about in improv, it is also very sinister for a character like Joe Goldberg to say:

Now, lets ignore the fact Joe is going to his dark, sinister place of killing and just focus on the words about improv and control.

When you first start improv, letting go is one of the hardest things to do, as it feels weird and not normal and it is something that can be very hard to get used to.

I remember when I first started improv I found it very difficult to ‘get out’ of my head as it feels like a very unusual thing to allow your bran to have ‘free reign.’ However, when you get used to doing it, the skill feels so rewarding and it really heightens your improv game.

Losing ‘control’ in improv can create some of the best scenes and sometimes you can even be surprised with the result that you get when you do not think about it.

Whilst this line in the book was used to heighten the darkness of the character Joe, I think im relation to improv it is a very good quote.

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