When you're a kid you name everything. The name your dolls, your bike, even rocks. When I was a kid, I had a plant named Norman. When you get older you still name things. The things you name as an adult are bigger and a little bit more important, so they still get names. Your pet, your car, your kids you get to name them all.
You name these things because their special. They are important to you. You give them names so you you can have a connection to them.
It also is true that the things that we name, we care for. We care for our dogs, we care for cats, we care for our kids. Because we name them, they are special to us and we are going to care and love for them.
In improv a lot of people give each other names. Sometimes players do it out to be specific. Giving someone in the scene a name makes us more familiar. It makes us more in touch with each other. We have a relationship. And all that is good.
Too often people are named on stage and the name is used as a weapon, a way to make the argument, or fight personal. They use the name has a dividing rod rather than as a way to connect with them. As players we forget that we have to love and care the people we name on stage. We have to support them. We have to care for them. We can still be mad, sad, jealous, but we must remember that our character has a connection with the character they named on stage.
So next time you're on stage and you give someone a name, remember to love and care for them because they are special. Why are they special? Because, you named them.