Episode 82: Improv Beyond the Theater

What all my years in improvisation taught is that - if you’re going to grow as a performer - you have to try some new things. You’ve got to be willing to take a few risks.
— Jack McBrayer
With improv, it’s a combination of listening and not trying to be funny
— Kristen Wiig

Improvisational comedy, often termed "improv," is seen by many as intimidating, impressive and surreal. Actors who can come up with answers and scenarios on the spot are treated as superhuman performers when the reality is quite different. As guest Kay Kelley helps describe in this episode, improv and everyday life are not so different. Both reward good listening, creativity and inventive thinking. As improv performers, we wanted to explore some memories we have of the format and how its philosophy can benefit anyone outside of a theatrical context.

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