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Improv at work  
  Started at Wed Jul 30 16:10:35 2003
I find myself bored out of my skull a lot lately, particularly at work. Can anyone give me Ideas of how to work on Improv skills when I'm bored out of my skull and stuck in a padded room (cubicle)?



 
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  Reply #1 Posted at Wed Jul 30 18:41:07 2003
Do you talk to people on the phone? Listen to the way they talk mimic it later. Perhaps you could just write for a while...write anything...describe an environment just get those creative juices flowing...


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  Reply #2 Posted at Wed Jul 30 19:42:50 2003
Excellent question, Mark - what sort of things can a solo improv wannabe do to practice?


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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #3 Posted at Wed Jul 30 20:22:54 2003
Jesse wrote a great article on SOLO improv have you guys read it?


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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #4 Posted at Wed Jul 30 22:45:14 2003
Not yet...


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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #5 Posted at Thu Jul 31 09:39:41 2003
I'm not really interested in Solo Improv. I like the group stuff more. The writing and listening is goood. Thanks. I'm open to more Ideas as well...

 
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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #6 Posted at Thu Jul 31 11:07:17 2003
When I worked at AOL, I used to try out different voices and characters. Now, I play a lot of online improv games. Or you could pull a Ryan Locante and randomly IM people with some scene starters and see if they bite. Kinda like fishing...... I wonder which bait works best? Hmmm....
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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #7 Posted at Fri Aug 1 07:48:19 2003
Talking on the phone to people and then imitating them later is alot of fun, not to mention sometimes you can find a reall good character there. One of my favorites I got from some guy I talked to on the phone.

Or you can always do an e-mail improv scene. the same way ryan does IM scenes.

Let me know I sit in front of the computer all day too.



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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #8 Posted at Fri Aug 1 08:41:38 2003
Well apparantly, I can't e-mail you cause your e-mail address is hidden. E-mail me at mniels@franklincovey.com and we'll do a scene. Yay! I get to improv at work!

 
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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #9 Posted at Fri Aug 1 08:49:18 2003
Yeah, Not to mention that I have a different one at work.wink


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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #10 Posted at Fri Aug 1 09:01:10 2003
That would affect it too, yes. :L

 
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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #11 Posted at Fri Aug 1 09:05:34 2003
Geez - count me in!

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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #12 Posted at Fri Aug 1 09:26:27 2003
In that case, let's just do it on the board. I'll post another note under the workshop thread...

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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #13 Posted at Fri Aug 1 10:46:56 2003
I don't know if your into gibberish or not. But here's something.

Try writing out your gibberish. Pay attention to the letters and sounds you usually use. Try expanding. If you want an added challenge try finding sounds that take the place of common words like the, you, etc. Makes you very aware of how you do gibberish.



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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #14 Posted at Sat Aug 2 09:17:49 2003
you guys could coordinate a time and meet in a chatroom.

i have a simple one on my website that no one knows about, so it would be private:

http://www.ryloc.com/chat

you could play improv games in there at work. it would be sweet if you did, cos i can't get near fun websites and IM and email during the day... it'll feel like i'm contributing somehow.

also, like stitch said somewhere else: people watching is really helpful. watching simple things, wathcing conversations, watching people when they are confused. you guys should come to this city of 8 million people for a weekend and just see how many characters there are to draw from = truth in comedy.

also, mark... whenever you're really bored, but down whatever you were doing, and try to do that again by pantomiming. keep pantomime simple and patient, and try avoiding the following pantomime stereotypes:

typing on the keyboard (and looking like you're just drying your fingers by wiggling them... if you don't type that way, how DO you type?)

writing on your notebook-hand in scenes (how does a notebook feel? and why do we write on our hand so often in scenes. write on something and realize how it feels).

talking on the phone (how heavy is the the phone, how far away are the buttons on the keypad. don't forget cellphones).

doors, doors, doors (they are a lot of different types of doors)

little things too (like opening a candy wrapper, opening your wallet, washing your hands, drying your hands, crumpling up papaer.... ANYTHING and EVERYTHING)

watch troy and tell me that you don't think great pantomiming is incredible to watch!


 
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Re: Improv at work  
  Reply #15 Posted at Sat Aug 2 13:55:35 2003
sweet ideas, ryan! I'll try them out monday!! happy

 
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