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2021-03-06 11:49:31 PM  
They....
*mimes taking off eyewear*
... Improvised
 
2021-03-07 12:13:54 AM  

vudukungfu: They....
*mimes taking off eyewear*
... Improvised


Yes, and...
 
2021-03-07 1:34:31 AM  
Annoyingly?
 
2021-03-07 1:39:36 AM  
They probably made it all up as they went along.
 
2021-03-07 1:49:59 AM  
Uh, well hopefully they didn't.
 
433 [TotalFark]
2021-03-07 4:26:50 AM  

the unabomber was right: Uh, well hopefully they didn't.


Well since improv groups seem to have been affecting your daily life I hope they irritated the sh*t out of OH! and look, we have John from the audience!  John what do you do for money and how is it that we can all work together to annoy and oOOOOHh!  look at that we have Sally right here!  John and Sally!  How lame is the unabomber was right and please from each of you, we need two colors and a profession.

Go hate something that matters.
 
2021-03-07 4:30:49 AM  
I'm not sure. Could I get any suggestions from the audience?
 
2021-03-07 4:31:43 AM  
Doing farking hoedowns (God kill us all now)
 
2021-03-07 4:54:43 AM  

thatguyoverthere70: I'm not sure. Could I get any suggestions from the audience?


I'm free this weekend, Farkers.............

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2021-03-07 5:24:47 AM  

Bob Down: Doing farking hoedowns (God kill us all now)


Ryan Stiles, welcome to Fark!!!
 
2021-03-07 5:33:35 AM  
My company hired Second City for some event via Zoom. It was the most cringe worthy thing I've seen in a long time. "Improv" was watching four not very funny people over excitedly discuss Covid and tv shows and then a do a few skits that were littered with stolen jokes and them breaking and laughing too hard at each other's jokes.

It was really bad. I felt bad watching it it was so bad.
 
2021-03-07 5:51:16 AM  
Stimulus checks!

And...
 
2021-03-07 6:48:41 AM  

433: the unabomber was right: Uh, well hopefully they didn't.

Well since improv groups seem to have been affecting your daily life I hope they irritated the sh*t out of OH! and look, we have John from the audience!  John what do you do for money and how is it that we can all work together to annoy and oOOOOHh!  look at that we have Sally right here!  John and Sally!  How lame is the unabomber was right and please from each of you, we need two colors and a profession.

Go hate something that matters.


the strength of your reaction is suspicious, 433.
just... suspicious.
///hoedowns
 
2021-03-07 6:51:24 AM  
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2021-03-07 7:14:27 AM  
The pandemic is not over yet. What's with the past tense?
 
2021-03-07 8:00:11 AM  
In a castle on Saturn made of Cheetos?
 
2021-03-07 8:00:34 AM  

433: the unabomber was right: Uh, well hopefully they didn't.

Well since improv groups seem to have been affecting your daily life I hope they irritated the sh*t out of OH! and look, we have John from the audience!  John what do you do for money and how is it that we can all work together to annoy and oOOOOHh!  look at that we have Sally right here!  John and Sally!  How lame is the unabomber was right and please from each of you, we need two colors and a profession.

Go hate something that matters.


His 5 words vs your paragraph of "stop disliking what i like!"

welcometofark.haha
 
2021-03-07 8:09:30 AM  
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2021-03-07 8:44:09 AM  
By performing War and Peace in blaxploitation style set in Haight-Ashbury circa 1968, accompanied by slide whistles.
 
2021-03-07 9:14:11 AM  
By becoming faux wrestlers on Twitch.  Complete with promos, backstory, and tons of lore.  Quarantine Action Wrestling... twitch.tv/ 2mbstudios Thursdays at 8PM
 
2021-03-07 9:15:10 AM  
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2021-03-07 9:16:04 AM  
Sorry I'm late. Did everyone stick to the script?
 
2021-03-07 9:26:46 AM  
Improv is everywhere.

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2021-03-07 9:46:29 AM  
Playing mad-libs over zoom?

Because that's what improv pretty much is.
 
2021-03-07 10:00:52 AM  

Great_Milenko: Playing mad-libs over zoom?

Because that's what improv pretty much is.


"Hey, let's go to local comedy club and pay money to watch some randos play party games and workshop their material!"
 
2021-03-07 10:33:21 AM  
Someone gave them a premise, then an adjective
 
2021-03-07 1:51:33 PM  
I'd just like to say that I've never actually invited friends or co-workers to an improv show, because I understand how human beings interact, and ain't nobody gonna want to watch that.

But I'd also like to say that I've been in some good shows.

I've just sorta mostly hiatused it during the pandemic.
 
2021-03-07 8:47:14 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: The pandemic is not over yet. What's with the past tense?


New president out front shoulda told you
 
2021-03-07 10:25:10 PM  

Bob Down: Doing farking hoedowns (God kill us all now)


Bob down hates Hoe Downs?
 
2021-03-07 11:33:57 PM  

Bennie Crabtree: The pandemic is not over yet. What's with the past tense?


Not to mention, there are a lot of people involved with putting on a live show whose jobs don't exist when the shows move to Zoom. While the companies may be surviving, there are lots of arts workers who remain out of work even when the companies pivot to online offerings.
 
2021-03-08 8:05:19 AM  

whenIsayGO: Not to mention, there are a lot of people involved with putting on a live show whose jobs don't exist when the shows move to Zoom.


Your average improv theater tends to run very lean, probably to their detriment. You might have a professional tech person running lights and sound, but just as often, you'll have a performer or coach doing it. You'll have a house manager, maybe a few interns to help with that (who are working in exchange for discounts on classes). You still need someone to tech an online show (which again, is usually a performer or coach).

Broadly speaking, you're right, "real" theater has a lot of behind the scenes work to make things happen. Improv is its own beast, though, and basically nobody is getting paid for it unless they teach classes.
 
2021-03-08 12:10:13 PM  
I miss improv.  A lot.  That said, I can't fathom how I managed to go to rehearsals (yes, improv has rehearsals - mostly around show formats and skills building) 4 nights a week, performed in shows, and taught classes.  Now after a day at work I can barely make it through supper and an early bed time.  It's going to take some time to be able to get back into it once we're all vaccinated.
Our company is still paying rent on a space we can't gather in, our last live event was a fundraiser and we've spent it all on rent.  We'll be pretty much starting from scratch if/when we can gather again.  We did online classes for a while, but they just aren't the same.  I can't get into the online shows, performing in them or watching them, I need that energy/rush from an audience. Hopefully, come fall we'll be back.
 
2021-03-08 1:08:54 PM  

Undead_Elvis: I miss improv.


You and me both. I've been doing some online stuff, and like you say, it's not the same. I think it's the narrowing of body language through that tiny window, and I think part of it is the way the timing gets thrown off due to lag. Thin gruel but it's what you can get. That said, I was never doing 4-nights a week, at least not as a regular thing. Usually more like two.
 
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