Say “yes.” In fact, say “yes” as often as you can. When I was starting out in Chicago, doing improvisational theatre with Second City and other places, there was really only one rule I was taught about improv. That was, “yes-and.” In this case, “yes-and” is a verb. To “yes-and.” I yes-and, you yes-and, he, she or it yes-ands. And yes-anding means that when you go onstage to improvise a scene with no script, you have no idea what’s going to happen, maybe with someone you’ve never met before. To build a scene, you have to accept. To build anything onstage, you have to accept what the other improviser initiates on stage. They say you’re doctors — you’re doctors. And then, you add to that: We’re doctors and we’re trapped in an ice cave. That’s the “-and.” And then hopefully they “yes-and” you back. You have to keep your eyes open when you do this. You have to be aware of what the other performer is offering you, so that you can agree and add to it. And through these agreements, you can improvise a scene or a one-act play. And because, by following each other’s lead, neither of you are really in control. It’s more of a mutual discovery than a solo adventure. What happens in a scene is often as much a surprise to you as it is to the audience.
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. Now will saying “yes” get you in trouble at times? Will saying “yes” lead you to doing some foolish things? Yes it will. But don’t be afraid to be a fool. Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes.”” —Stephen Colbert’s Address to the Graduates | Media and Technology | AlterNet (via heyjb) (via coreybrown) (via anthonyking)
“Pay is based off of ticket sales. Upon casting you receive improv training. Chance to perform at a prestigious Comedy Club. Plus be a part of the movement to bring Improv back to NYC.”
Bring Improv back to NYC? I just spent 3 days around hundreds if not thousands of performers/fans of Improv in NYC. This week I’ll teach over 50 improv students out of 800 plus that are currently enrolled at the UCB Training Center.
Open your eyes and suck a dick group that posted this! The movement is here!
I finally start my 101 Thursday after having it just out of reach for 4 years while at PSU. Color me excited.
Also for some reason I read “color me excited” in the voice of Snagglepuss, so, you know… exit, stage left.
I keep going back and forth in my preference for where I do my writing: on the computer, where I can easily search for ideas or memories later and allow things to flow, or in a notebook, where I can enjoy the feel of the paper and nuture the slowly evaporating art of physically writing things in a digital world.
Shit, I am such a GEEEEK!