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Kill the ponies. All of them. [Oct. 8th, 2007|12:08 am]
Roy Janik
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The best thing I learned this weekend in the 3-for-All workshops can be summed up in two words:

Double down.

To get into more details, it's not really anything new at all, in terms of improv theory. Almost everyone says that whatever you're doing, you should commit fully to it. But the way Stephen Kearin put it finally made it make sense to me in a tangible, practical way.

Sometimes you get to a point where you've either made what you perceive to be a mistake, or you've reached a place you're really not comfortable being. And at that point you can make light of the situation, wink at the audience, or possibly just shy away from it. Or you can just double down. Grit your teeth and dive in, and embrace it.

But it applies to more than just mistakes... it's also for knowing your character. Like you find yourself turning knobs on a ham radio, and you have no idea what it's like to do that. Double down, and feel the weight of the knobs, the sound they make when turning, the exact sequence you have to do to keep the thing operating.

Abstracting out even further... I find myself in a slump, or questioning my talent, or wondering what will become of the troupe in the long haul... Double down. Dig in. Define it. Embrace it.

Own it.
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[User Picture]From: jefpeanutbutter
2007-10-08 06:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for this, Roy. At first I wanted to ask you to elaborate more, but then I realized what I really want is to be in a troupe where I can put this into practice. Of course, if you do elaborate, that'd still be enthusiastically received.
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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2007-10-08 03:11 pm (UTC)
What I got out of it was basically to always fall back on committing more to whatever is happening in a scene. Those moments where something feels off and start to leave the scene mentally and have the "what the fuck is going on?" thoughts...that's the time to commit even more to your character or the relationship. Don't let yourself get pushed out of the moment because you get thrown by something. It's definitely something I want to work on, as I find myself easily thrown out of the reality of a show/scene too easily.
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[User Picture]From: jefpeanutbutter
2007-10-08 03:55 pm (UTC)
[enthusiastic reception]
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[User Picture]From: yiddishsoul
2007-10-08 04:53 pm (UTC)
You know, considering that this a discussion of techniques for improv comedy, it sure isn't very funny.
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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2007-10-08 06:03 pm (UTC)
It's a discussion of the artform of improvisation, which is quite serious to those who dedicate all their free time to it.
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[User Picture]From: yiddishsoul
2007-10-08 06:11 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know that. I was just being silly.
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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2007-10-08 06:19 pm (UTC)
And I was just being unnecessarily serious :)

Look doctor, I'm fucking your wife!
*poop* That's not my wife!
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2007-10-08 06:27 pm (UTC)
Dance, Monkey!
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2007-10-08 06:58 pm (UTC)
*Yarr!*

Look out for the pirate entering through a window!
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[User Picture]From: yiddishsoul
2007-10-08 09:49 pm (UTC)
I have no idea what's going on at all in this conversation, but I think I like it.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2007-10-08 10:24 pm (UTC)
That's because you were programmed to like it, unit C56.
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[User Picture]From: nekomouser
2007-10-08 11:31 pm (UTC)
*SIRENS*

IMPROV HAT TRICK!
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