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am i right?  
  Started at Sun Jan 25 14:05:58 2004
Last Modified at Sun Jan 25 14:08:52 2004 by steve uribe

i had a thought come to me last night.

"didnt we get into improv to make people laugh?"

i have this feeling that lately we as a community have started to drift away from it. i was reading the short vs long form and nowhere did it say that we like the crowd. i think that both forms are fine, as long as the people laugh.

i mean isnt that why you started? didnt we get on stage to make the PEOPLE laugh? or am i just way out in left field by assuming that making the people laugh is important? in fact more important then the style we use?

am i right?


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  Reply #1 Posted at Sun Jan 25 14:28:26 2004
What's funny to me is I started a bit at work with using the phrase "Am I right?" and just saying HORRIBLE things. I decided that it might be good for a Bad Advice character.

The issue is not whether we want people to laugh, it's whether we want to entertain. Making people think differently can be just as entertaining as laughing at a pee pee joke. Even moreso, in my opinion.

You can do either in short or long form. I just don't personally feel you should go for the laugh at any cost. Whether that cost is the physical safety of the actors on stage, the content guidelines of the show, or the integrity of the scene.

Trust that what you are doing will be entertaining and have fun. If you are wrong, don't worry, you will soon be told by a disapproving audience, upset manager, or pissed theater owner.

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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #2 Posted at Sun Jan 25 14:36:15 2004
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I think people start and continue to do improv for various reasons. If I just wanted to make people laugh I would show them pictures of my penis.

I Improv to entertain, to laugh and make people laugh, for therapy, to connect with my friends.

There's lots of other reasons too. And I'm sure everyone has different reasons.

So no, Steve. I don't think you're right. But that's okay, cause I don't have to be right either.

Whatever reason someone gives or doesn't give for doing improv is okay.

It's more important to reserve judgment and allow everyone their own path of self discovery. Shortform or longform.

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p.s. My reasons have and continue to change.


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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #3 Posted at Sun Jan 25 14:45:41 2004
well you guys bring great points to the table and i thank you for opening a door that i didnt even notice the first time.

i started to make people laugh. which i also meant as entertain. my bad for not clarifing that. but i started for that main purpose. and i drifted away from it and noticed that my improv was less fun. i got back to just wanting to make them laugh(entertain) and i started having fun again.

i dont know. i think that getting away from that concept gives us an ego that could kill little kids. i saw it happen. and now i think that i have found an ego killer.




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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #4 Posted at Sun Jan 25 15:04:23 2004
I went through a brief period where all I wanted was art and to be real and pretention pretention pretention. Then I decided to have fun on stage. You can still do artistic, heady, and mind blowing stuff and have fun and be entertaining.

The least fun I have is when people get caught up in the rules and start making judgments or get caught up in the audience's reaction and try to "save the show". Patience, trust, and the ability to go with the flow help a lot. Ultimately, the audience notices.

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Re: Re: am i right?  
  Reply #5 Posted at Sun Jan 25 18:48:47 2004

On Sun Jan 25 14:45:41 2004, steve uribe wrote: (read quoted post)
i think that getting away from that concept gives us an ego that could kill little kids.
i think this could go both ways. i think trying to make people laugh and succeding is a big ego builder.

anyone that says "i'm funny" is just as egotistical and arrogant as saying "i'm good at improv".

am i wrong?




 
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  Reply #6 Posted at Sun Jan 25 19:14:52 2004
i agree 100%. all i meant was not playing for us. after a show saying nothing but we had fun. and they laughed. no more anaylizing yourself. just the crowd. you know.

i did that for the first year of improv and had so much fun. then i started worring about me, and it kinda faded away.

im not saying playing for any other reason is bad, but didnt we all start out there?



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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #7 Posted at Sun Jan 25 20:31:03 2004
everyone is different. i absolutely do NOT play for the audience.

but i don't play for laughs either. i still love improv and have fun.

just different.


 
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  Reply #8 Posted at Sun Jan 25 21:52:31 2004
I like when the audience laughs. It is reassuring.

But I never worry about it since I am funny and good at improv.

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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #9 Posted at Sun Jan 25 23:36:31 2004
I didnít start improv to make people laugh at all. Actually, about 5 or so years ago, I started dramatic improv to make people think and secretly to branch out from my acting career....but when there was a little comedic relief and I was the one that made the audience laugh, it made me feel good. If I can make people think AND laugh by finding that deeper connection, that feeling is 1000 times better. For a while, it was all about making the audience laugh....now if I make myself or my scene partner giggle...I have satisfied my needs and the audience laughing is a bonus.


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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #10 Posted at Mon Jan 26 00:50:50 2004
When I do improv, I have a blast and I make sure the audience can tell that I'm having fun, because I feel that when I am having fun and the audience knows it, they're having fun. It works both ways. When the audience Is having a good time, I'm having a good time. I got into improv to have fun and when I am making people laugh, I'm having fun. I don't know if this makes any sense to anyone, but it does to me.


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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #11 Posted at Mon Jan 26 09:34:44 2004
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The main reason to getting up on a stage in front of strangers was to make people laugh. There was a big difference between those laughs, and the laughs of improvisers. After getting serious about improv, I began to worry. One of my biggest worries was making the audience laugh. If it happens it happens.

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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #12 Posted at Mon Jan 26 10:03:09 2004
for me, making a teammate laugh on the sideline feels so much better. that prolly means i surprised them or did something pretty different or random.

and if my teammates are laughing at me, i'm willing to bet that some of the audience is too.

i play for my teammates. they're my favorite audience. and i am their biggest supporter as well.


 
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  Reply #13 Posted at Mon Jan 26 10:57:34 2004
thanks guys, i really enjoyed hearing what you guys have to say.

i started because i love making people laugh. i love making someone forget about their problems for that time i have entertained them. it makes me feel like i have helped in some small way.

this was cool hearing what everyone has done to get their improv top notch.

thanks everyone. hey we kept a topic from going into a fight. Three cheers for that.



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  Reply #14 Posted at Mon Jan 26 11:59:22 2004
Why do we do improv? I think there are as many answers to that as there are as there are improvisors. Infact I think most improvisors have many reasons why they do improv.

I love movies. I love that for one hour or so I can watch a gladiator battle in an ancient roman city, or I can go to the moon or some distant chinese city. For that time that I'm somewhere else, with super human powers, I leave my problems, my worries, my work, at the door.

As an audience member I could do the same things at quickwits shows. I didn't have to worry about problems at home or anything else! So one reason I do improv is to give that same thing to people. And for that same time, as a performer, while on stage, I can be where ever I want, and do what I want. I'm now superhuman.

It's a hobby a good time, and I just enjoy it!!!




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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #15 Posted at Mon Jan 26 12:47:14 2004
I think Stitch brought up a good point. Everyone does improv for his or her own reasons.

Some do it for the audience. Others do it for the experience to further their acting/comedian skills. I would fit more into the "hanging out" category. The audience is important to me, but I get my satisfaction from spending time with my friends.

I have found it hard to generalize anyone on this site. I wish I could, but everyone is so damn different.


 
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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #16 Posted at Mon Jan 26 12:51:05 2004
jon brings up a good point- lets all become the same thing. i think it could work. we could all feel the same, and then our shows would be great cuz we are all thinking the same thing.

whadda think?


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Re: Re: am i right?  
  Reply #17 Posted at Mon Jan 26 12:54:31 2004

On Mon Jan 26 10:57:34 2004, steve uribe wrote: (read quoted post)
thanks everyone. hey we kept a topic from going into a fight. Three cheers for that.

What the hell is that supposed to mean!?

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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #18 Posted at Mon Jan 26 12:57:14 2004

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group mind? it's never meant to be homogenizing (making us all think the same)... it's about making all the different brains "work".

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tj is my new level 5 teacher at io and possibly the best improviser i have ever seen. he just said this to us on saturday.


 
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  Reply #19 Posted at Mon Jan 26 13:07:30 2004

On Mon Jan 26 12:54:31 2004, jesster wrote: (read quoted post)

On Mon Jan 26 10:57:34 2004, steve uribe wrote: (read quoted post)
thanks everyone. hey we kept a topic from going into a fight. Three cheers for that.

What the hell is that supposed to mean!?

-Jesster



it means i think your ugly! and you do bad improv! and that i could kick your shizzy! NOW WHAT!?


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Re: Re: Re: Re: am i right?  
  Reply #20 Posted at Mon Jan 26 14:52:09 2004

On Mon Jan 26 13:07:30 2004, steve uribe wrote: (read quoted post)

On Mon Jan 26 12:54:31 2004, jesster wrote: (read quoted post)

On Mon Jan 26 10:57:34 2004, steve uribe wrote: (read quoted post)
thanks everyone. hey we kept a topic from going into a fight. Three cheers for that.

What the hell is that supposed to mean!?

-Jesster



it means i think your ugly! and you do bad improv! and that i could kick your shizzy! NOW WHAT!?


My shizzy? Now you mock my heritage?! You're dead!

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  Reply #21 Posted at Mon Jan 26 15:11:39 2004

On Mon Jan 26 14:52:09 2004, jesster wrote: (read quoted post)

On Mon Jan 26 13:07:30 2004, steve uribe wrote: (read quoted post)

On Mon Jan 26 12:54:31 2004, jesster wrote: (read quoted post)

On Mon Jan 26 10:57:34 2004, steve uribe wrote: (read quoted post)
thanks everyone. hey we kept a topic from going into a fight. Three cheers for that.

What the hell is that supposed to mean!?

-Jesster



it means i think your ugly! and you do bad improv! and that i could kick your shizzy! NOW WHAT!?


My shizzy? Now you mock my heritage?! You're dead!

-Jesster


just like you shizzy to wanna fight. just when we get to the good part of the conversation, here comes the shizzy, dukes up, ready to throw down. hey shizzy, work on your anger. i know a guy who could help.


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Re: am i right?  
  Reply #22 Posted at Mon Jan 26 15:28:26 2004
I keep playing to you, Steve. I am having fun.

Hope people are laughing. wink

My new bit is my religiously fanatic shizzy.

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  Reply #23 Posted at Wed Jan 28 08:30:55 2004
I was sitting in the front room while Steve told me about this topic. I went through and read all the post until my heart was content. Which was quick because I realize I cannot chip in because I will upset someone. I think maybe my post or to honest and to true and people aren't ready for that. So I will agree with whatever, so keep your smile!


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  Reply #24 Posted at Wed Jan 28 11:25:48 2004
Thanks for that Bob-O.

*ROLLS EYES* rolleyes

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