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mullaney

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#1
Links to improv blog entries from around the net.

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mullaney

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#2
Some Notes I’ve Been Giving from Improv Nonsense

1. Don’t be freaked out by the base reality. You gotta be instantly comfortable in the world of the scene, no matter how confusing / surprising / weird it is. If you start off playing ping pong (which is not that weird but IS something that might take up more mental space than you were ready to spend), talk about something besides the fact that you’re playing ping pong. Too many scenes start off with characters allergic to the very world around them.
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mullaney

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#3
My response to a post about dealing with racist characters:

I want to satirize racism and prejudice on my stage, not punish it or ignore it. If you believe that something in society is wrong or ugly, it’s your job to call attention to it as an artist, to expose it as irrational or illogical. I want people to laugh at it in a way that delegitimizes it and highlights how unfair and grotesque it is.
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mullaney

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#4
Consider Every Offer (Don’t Accept Blindly)
From improvnonsense:
It shouldn’t be accept offers (which is a phrase I have previously championed a lot) but instead should be consider offers. You don’t HAVE to accept them, you just have to consider them.

This is because you can’t do anything in the scene just because you think you SHOULD, that ruins it.

This falls under the principle of be present.
 

mullaney

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mullaney

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#9
Notes I Got
Will Hines
Also from Meisner’s book, when he asks the class what the best way to help your scene partner do an authentic reaction. What if they need to say ouch? What’s the best way to make someone say ouch? And he pinches someone, kinda hard, and they yelp “ouch!” It’s not about physically hurting someone – it’s about really provoking someone. You want a reaction? You can provoke it out of someone.
>>>>>> http://improvnonsense.tumblr.com/post/135150431486/notes-i-got
 
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mullaney

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#11
LGBTQ characters in improv
by Will Hines via Improv Nonsense

Some answers to the question:
“I can’t help but notice a surprising lack of improvised gay characters on your show. What I mean by this, is that when you and the performers are in a scene, and the characters are in a relationship they are almost always in a heterosexual relationship. This is particularly noticeable when you have LGBTQ improvisers on your show and when they are in a scene they are almost always put into heterosexual relationships as well.”
>>> http://improvnonsense.tumblr.com/post/138944522191/lgbtq-characters-in-improv
 

mullaney

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#12
Just a Few Bad Apples or
Sexual Harassment Policies Are Not Enough
via KevinMullaney.com


The kinds of stories that have been swirling around the improv community these days can inspire outrage at the people who are victimizing others, and it should. But when seeking better outcomes, we must address more than just the bad apples in our community. We must do more than put in place policies that address harassment.
>>> http://kevinmullaney.com/2016/02/08/sexual-harassment-policies-are-not-enough/
 
#13
Everything you do on stage matters. A lot.

Most inexperienced (and even highly experienced) improvisers only notice a small portion of the context behind their words and actions on stage. Many often throw too many ideas and moves into a scene to make it go, not realizing how much information they are already adding with minimal action and dialogue… if they would only think to notice.

>>> http://misterstevengomez.com/2016/02/03/everything-you-do-on-stage-matters-a-lot/
 
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