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#130: Good Quorn

May 13th, 2020 · 92 minutes

John asks Merlin to talk about why he loves improv comedy so much.

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Links and Show Notes

Quarantine updates, Banana Results, follow-up on John's sleep heat needs, and home improvement is also sheltered-in-place for now.

What part of your brain do you want scratched?


"Yes, and..." — EDMUND MITCHELL

'"I want a divorce." Joan said. "Honey, what about the children!" Del said. "We don't have any children!" Joan replies.'

Harold (improvisation) - Wikipedia

The form was further developed by improv teachers Del Close and Charna Halpern, as well as the Upright Citizens Brigade.

Improvisational theatre - Wikipedia

'Well, you are about to start the greatest improvisation of all. With no script. No idea what's going to happen, often with people and places you have never seen before. And you are not in control. So say "yes." And if you're lucky, you'll find people who will say "yes" back.'

—Stephen Colbert

Status | improv, improvisational theater, comedy

'Johnstone's "status", on the other hand, comes from the behavior of the characters in a specific encounter. He stresses that there is no neutral status.'

improv theater and comedy

In this wiki you will find games and exercises, but also other interesting things about improv. You can participate and bring in your own ideas.

Keith Johnstone | Improv Interviews | Status - YouTube
Improv - The Office US - YouTube
Out-of-band data - Wikipedia

"An out-of-band data mechanism provides a conceptually independent channel, which allows any data sent via that mechanism to be kept separate from in-band data."

What is the difference between sketch comedy and improv? - Quora

'Some groups (Second City, most notably) will use improv as a basis for their sketch. They will present a show of improv for the purpose of gleaning material which can be worked up into viable sketches. It should be noted that this is not "sketch-based improv," but "improv-derived sketch." While the improv is used as a launching point for the sketch, it does not make the sketch improv.'

Quote by Christopher Marlowe: “Mephistopheles: Why, this is hell, nor am I out...”

"Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it."

Recipes, Products and News from Quorn – The Meat-Free Experts

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Cat On a Hot Tintin Roof - YouTube
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Netflix Specials — Middleditch and Schwartz
John Mulaney - Official website of the comedian and actor.
Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz — Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend — Overcast
Mitch Hedberg - An escalator can never break: it can only...

"An escalator can never break: it can only become stairs. You should never see an Escalator Temporarily Out Of Order sign, just Escalator Temporarily Stairs. Sorry for the convenience." Dimplex Revillusion 20-Inch Electric Fireplace Log Set (RLG20): Home & Kitchen