May 13th, 2020 · 92 minutes
John asks Merlin to talk about why he loves improv comedy so much.
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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?
'"I want a divorce." Joan said. "Honey, what about the children!" Del said. "We don't have any children!" Joan replies.'
The form was further developed by improv teachers Del Close and Charna Halpern, as well as the Upright Citizens Brigade.
'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.'
'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.'
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.
"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."
'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.'
"Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it."
"Quorn is a sustainably sourced meat-free super protein that is naturally high in protein and fiber."
"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."