I feel like I’ve reached a new level in my improv lately. The past two Big in Japan shows have been great, and I’ve been feeling really good about them. The difference has been that I’ve been working on my emotional commitment to scenes. Teaching the 401 class for the ITC has helped me with this. I’ve been encouraging my students to let go of their inhibitions and self-consciousness, and just give in to the moment of the scene. I have been calling them out if I see that they’re pulling back or judging themselves from the outside. I can see it in their eyes when they think that they look silly. Consequently, I’m forced to practice what I preach. So, for two weeks in a row I’ve been completely letting go of emotional self-control in scenes. The resulting torrent of emotion has been very satisfying. It is fun to be and to watch someone being a complete emotional disaster on stage. Although it is exhausting, I end the set feeling like I couldn’t have possibly given more. That’s a good feeling.
by Kevin Thom | Feb 10, 2009 | 2 comments
I taught my workshop on Truth & Beauty today and I’m always struck by how being emotionally vulnerable on purpose is so beautiful yet so hard. It’s why improvisors drink so much. We open up our chests and bear our fragile hearts for your amusement, then try to laugh it off.
However, I couldn’t bear to work any other way.
oh man I haven’t been in a while. Maybe next week 😀
Glad to hear you’re still enjoying improv and find ways to get better 🙂