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I hereby grant you permission to do whatever you feel would serve the greater good. I trust you. You should listen to that voice inside telling you to Go! 

 

Too often I see improvisers who hesitate because they don't feel like they have...

Permission Granted!

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  • Tue, 06/27/2017

I hereby grant you permission to do whatever you feel would serve the greater good. I trust you. You should listen to that voice inside telling you to Go! 

 

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4 Steps to Better Improvising - A Classic Bovine Blog

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  • Wed, 05/24/2017

This blog is part of a series of "Classic Bovine Blogs." These are blog posts that we managed to recover from our old website that crashed in 2014. This blog was written by Eric Farone and originally posted on February 7, 2008.

Got Group Mind?

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  • Thu, 04/07/2016

Group mind is the crowning achievement of improvisational theater. It is when all of us on stage are connected and participating and none of us are leading and the piece moves forward to it's inevitable conclusion, that no one saw coming. Our mirroring neurons are synched up and we are all thinking the same way. It is a rare event. Even when it does happen, sometimes it is just for a moment, or maybe a scene or if we are lucky we may reach group mind for a whole set. It is when we are on stage and feel like every move made is precipitated by the move before it. Everyone's choices are in...

We are creators!

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  • Tue, 03/22/2016

We are artists. We are comedians. We are creators.

When we are on stage we are creating. We are bringing something new onto the stage and into the world. We create new characters and worlds. We have a responsibility to create something we love.

Mary Shelley's Dr. Frankenstein creates life without love. So much so that the doctor then begins to loathe the creature he has created. After giving life to the creature, "I issued into the streets, pacing them with quick steps, as if I sought to avoid the wretch whom I feared every turning of the street would present to my view. I...

What is a "bad" audience?

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  • Tue, 03/01/2016

We have been performing "On The Spot" for 16 years here at the theater. Often the players are quick to blame they audience for a bad show. "They were a bad house" I have heard far too often (I may have even said it myself once or twice).

We have had sold out houses, small houses, tired houses, responsive houses, and mostly crazy fan audiences. The point is, that we have seen a ton of different audiences and only a handful have been "bad". For me, a bad audience is one that is where one person or a small group is too distracted to pay attention. If a group or individual is very...

"Yes, &" SHUT UP!

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  • Thu, 02/25/2016

"Yes, &" doesn't mean "Shut up and do it my way". It is not a weapon to be wielded by the first person who speaks.

"Yes, &" is about collaboration. That means that I need to give and take. For those of you not familiar with "give and take" it means you and I both have to "shut up" at some point during the scene and let our partner contribute too. It also means we must speak up and build on what has come before at some point too.

If my partner does an "&" that I did not expect, it is my job to go with it and "Yes, &" their idea. I shouldn't get mad, correct,...

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