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Oh Well...  
  Started at Sat Jun 2 16:06:00 2007
Wow... things have really dried up on UI.com... Is there any hope to keep it going?

It seems like there are still a lot of people out there who have questions about how to do things. There seems to be people who like to talk about improv. Joe Rogan still has a few things left on his 10 things he's learned.

Why is it so dead?

With that in mind... I ask two questions...

What do you think is the reason it's dying out?

What will it take to get it back and going again?

I'll give it a little time and then give my two cents on it all. But really, I'd like to see things get back to the good ol' fun times of Improv in Utah.

Bob

 
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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #1 Posted at Mon Jun 4 16:02:54 2007
so, a few people have read the post and not put anything down themselves... too bad.

I've given some thought, obviously, about what is happening in the Improv community and I still don't know what is happening here.

I do think that we are still very seperate. It gets worse and worse with groups splitting up to form their own troupes. Sure it's everyone's right to do this, but it always seems that once it happens there is a big wall set up and now people on the outside have to choose up some sides.

I'm still looking at putting together a team of people from all troupes and see what can happen from that. We'll have to see how that works. I was hoping that others would be more behind it, but maybe it's not as exciting as I think...

I'm also a little stunned by how little those with the most experience don't stop in to answer questions or give advice. And that just doesn't go for the original Quick Wits - now Laughing Stock guys... It goes for the current group of Wits and others wo have been around the scene for a while.

Why don't they get on the board unless there is a big controversy? There are those who would have no qualms being listed amoung the Gods of Improv who have done very little to pass along info that they had to learn... and that's a shame.

I'm even going to give a call out to OBT on this one. The only thing that ever comes from them is audition notices and requests to join their classes. Is the only way we can get them to depart information is by paying to be in a class? Step up and help out some of the people trying to get it going. I remember how green we were back in 1994 and how much we would have loved to get on line and find help. I know I was looking for everything I could get my hands on.

And as I mentioned above, I call out my own troupe. some of you guys have been doing this for 7 years or so. You've had to play at at least five different locations and build up crowds again and again... there's a lot of info just in that alone that could be helpful.

right now we have the same, very small group of people who even post anything. Why is that? maybe there just isn't enough interesting things going on... maybe I need to stir things up again -- no, I don't want to go there anymore.

But we have to come up with a reason for Jesse to keep this site up and running... instead of giving him a big one to shut it down.

I'll see what I can do.

 
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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #2 Posted at Mon Jun 4 16:15:59 2007
So this site needs something to get people coming back for more... Here's a few thoughts.

Have Joe finish up his things he's learned. I get people asking me all the time about what it takes to get a show started and I think that it's great to have someone else who has gone through the wars as well. Let's make joe post it up.

With that, I think I'll send Jesse the word doc for my book that can be put up in various forms. Again, it's not supposed to be a end all/do it this way or else type of thing... it's just my thoughts on improv.

I think we need to bring back the idea of interviews and guest columns. I'll pick up the torch on that one and send something in to Jesse. I think that anyone who gets on this site could do the same.

Stop looking for the "new" tag on topics and dig down and find threads that have long since died out. Some of those threads got started before many people even joined the Utah Improv community. There has to be something there we've missed.

The games were cool, but some of them are so big now I think it's time to file them away and start over. Just an idea... make them fresh...

Let's make sure that we have a very open feeling on this site. We all disagree with each other from time to time so let's put it out there. If we know that things are open and nothing is personal we can have some real good debates. In fact, maybe we need to have a debate thread just for that. Each week we have a new topic and we discus the Hell out of it until we've covered everything. And, again, don't make anything personal.

Let's do what we can to get some of the old guard of improv out of the cave and on to this site. As another call out... How can you be a true teacher of Improv when you don't look around to see what's happening and how people are thinking. This site used to be, and can be again, a great way to get the pulse of things.

Spread the word and get people involved. If UI.com remains a place for a few to write and everyone else to just troll looking for things they can use for back-biting purposes it will just go away.

What are some things that would get you excited about UtahImprov again?

Bob

 
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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #3 Posted at Mon Jun 4 16:42:45 2007
Well... this is a tough one.

I can say, though, that I have always appreciated you keeping conversations going, Bob.

As far as UI.com being dead, perhaps this is a few factors. Myself, I have been putting a lot more energy into slam poetry lately, so I have left my own updating get sporadic.

In the community, this site became a lightening rod for controversy very early on. With that, fewer people were inclined to participate. I think it got going again for a little while, but it's sort of petered out.

Also, some folks just aren't into talking about improv. There are a lot of hobbiests in our community that couldn't care less about moving forward and would rather just show up and have fun. Even in the less formal interactions, they'd just rather do their thing.

It's a little depressing, as I had high hopes for this site when I started. Hopefully we see a resurgence in energy.

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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #4 Posted at Mon Jun 4 20:52:56 2007
Just some thoughts, take it or leave it.

I love to jump on and see whats going on, and then when my internet gets disconnected I fall away from it for awhile. Thats my reason.

Some incentives maybe some managers of troupes that just post there announcements would have to actually participate is, if the "Veterans" in whom most people would be eager to read there advice from because they are the person the "non-veterans" so to speak, are hoping to get scheduled by, so picking there brain ups there chance of getting scheduled, since they now have a personal goal to get better at now. So its in the "veterans/managers" best interest to drop off there anounement, answer a few questions or post a few comments about what they see a lack of in there shows this last month, while there at it.

I think a reason some people just stop posting is, workshops in person are generally more effective in improving there improv, with the added bonus of networking with casts and there managers. online your names is not out there most people don't know who you are just your online name. It is a great way to get other casts and managers thoughts on how they do things so I think its helping utah improv in general by keeping this site alive, allows for troupe improvement and learning scale go hella faster.

Another thought, it may or may not work in the hopes of keeping this site alive, take it or leave it, opening the troupe chat sites up to see whats happening in there troupes and get people interested in your show. Allows for networking.

Also, if managers were so inclined to do so, schedule your shows through the website. In your forum anyone available and interested in playing in your show can drop a line in the forum saying so by lets just say tues, then managers can post the schedule, and you can reconfirm anyway you want, phone, another post, email whatever. Just using the forum could save a lot of airtime believe you me.

And Bob, I love the debate forum idea. Its a great idea. And any debate that starts in other forums the moderators can just move it to the debate forum. If they want.

Just my thoughts.

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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #5 Posted at Tue Jun 5 18:53:14 2007
Last Modified at Tue Jun 5 18:58:53 2007 by Jonny No No

After a little math I figured out I've done around 988 hours of improv. Subtracting eight hours of sleep everyday, that comes out to about two months of improv, not seven years. That's my excuse for not posting anything of substance one this site.

Much like the post you see here.

 
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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #6 Posted at Wed Jun 6 14:24:39 2007
Well... How do you know that I was talking about you?

 
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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #7 Posted at Wed Jun 6 14:44:59 2007
Last Modified at Wed Jun 6 14:45:53 2007 by Jonny No No

Well…

You asked me out to lunch yesterday where you spent the entire time talking about how I never post anything on UtahImprov.com. You then called me three times after that to remind me of the web address. I also wasn’t too thrilled with your 3am “intervention” last night. Just so you know normal people would use a bucket of water to wake someone up, not a bucket of bricks with broken glass glued to them. Oh, and I wasn’t sure what the ether rag was for but after looking in the mirror this morning I couldn’t help but notice that “someone” had tattooed UtahImprov.com on my forehead. I guess it wasn’t that bad. After my last ether rag experience my butt was sure sore.

But you’re right, Bob, I guess I jumped the gun a little on this one. Sometimes I think it’s all about me sometimes, you know? I’ll try to think about it a little longer before I reply next time. Now I have to go buy some grass seed since you burned UtahImprov.com in my lawn.


 
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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #8 Posted at Wed Jun 6 17:38:16 2007
That's the kind of "Utah Improv Funny" I was looking for when I hit you with a ton of bricks...

Yes, that's what I intended all along with that. This site needs some silly fun. So I did it... and I'm glad I did it.

Oh, and the rag had nothing to do with this site... That was a little something just for me.

 
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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #9 Posted at Thu Jun 7 15:20:15 2007
I, for one, have always felt I had more to learn than to teach about improv. So I come hear far more often to read than to post.


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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #10 Posted at Thu Jun 7 16:21:19 2007
Which is why I'd like to see more people taking the time to answer things. I love that people come here to read, but often they have opinions and they should take the time to post them.

Often times it's the people who have just started that have the most insight. That's because they're not jaded with "experience". I have the way I like to play and have done it that way for a long time. I'm going to sing the same tune until someone knocks me off the track a bit.

I've read things on this site that have caused me to think about things differently and Ilove that. I know I've become a better player because of this site. And that's why I want it to keep going.

It's great to get on to read, but if we don't give people anything new to read once in a while there's no reason to come around...

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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #11 Posted at Mon Jun 11 10:32:17 2007
Solid point. My experience level is hard to gauge., for me personally. I've been doing improv with two different troupes for 9 years now, but I still consider myself less experienced than many. Also, I've recently "semi-retired" to concentrate on filmmaker. But I'm all for sharing ideas, and when I feel like I have something to contribute, I do, and I'll try to do that more in the future.

 
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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #12 Posted at Tue Jun 12 17:34:33 2007
I love utah improv, I think jesse nailed it. People got to heated and petty (myslef included) and they figure it was more stress than it was worth and even when it spurred up a few months back there was static. I think this web site is a great refrence and it has personally helped my improv knowledge out tremendously. I am here and I post what I think and feel pretty regularly.
I love this web site and everyone on it. Bob I find myself even in love with you, damn you.


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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #13 Posted at Wed Jun 13 10:10:52 2007
Don't fight your feelings Calvin... go with them...

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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #14 Posted at Wed Jun 13 13:01:24 2007
Bob it sounds like you're trying to coax me into the dark side. I will yes and my logice and good sense I will not yes and my anger fear and hatred. I fear people might know my love for you AND I will kill anyone who knows. uh oh.

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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #15 Posted at Fri Jun 15 21:15:31 2007
Can.... can I.... can I.... would you... can... love me.


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Re: Oh Well...  
  Reply #16 Posted at Mon Jun 18 10:22:20 2007
There's plenty of love to go around...

 
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