2nd Improv Class – Think on your Feet!

Another class and another step forward toward freedom of expression!

On my train ride into New York for class I was reading the Upright Citizens Brigade workbook on Improv (yes, there is a book!).  Really interesting.

They have a phrase, “play at the top of your intelligence.”  By that they mean “emotional” and “social” intelligence.  Another way of saying it is to “understand how a real human being would react in a given situation”.  It is about “allowing yourself to have a true, honest emotional response… in the moment”

In Meisner Technique, this was given to us in another way as part of the initial definition of acting that Bill Esper taught us; to “behave truthfully under imaginary circumstances.”

A truthful reaction to some given situation is where the humor or pathos lives.  In improve, “trying” to be funny” is like putting your finger on the tuning fork after it’s struck.  It kills the natural vibration, which in a human context is the empathetic, vibrational response the audience feels in identifying with what’s happening.  This is true in Improv, but also in acting and voice overs (even golf!  This is a fundamental truth!  Allowing the “moment” to happen [or the “swing” to happen in the case of golf], confident that it is “enough”– without feeling the need to “add” something, or manipulate something, is one of the foundational, transcendent truths of Art, and Life.

Man, that was deep!  :>)

But seriously, having the courage to “let go” in all things: acting, voices overs, singing, golf– pretty much everything, is at the core of living life as an expression of personal creativity.

That was deep too!

Maybe I should just try and remember my lines and not bump into the furniture!  :>)