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by DanC
July 19th, 2018, 9:55 am
Forum: Improv Business & Technical
Topic: How Improv Carved a Niche
Replies: 0
Views: 3000

How Improv Carved a Niche

Live theater was once a form of popular entertainment. Producers hired actors and crew and sold tickets to the event. Ticket revenue was enough to cover costs. Then movies came in and they became popular entertainment. Then came radio, television, home video, streaming. Live theater was pushed into ...
by DanC
July 19th, 2018, 9:53 am
Forum: AIC General Discussion
Topic: Why don't more people like improv?
Replies: 2
Views: 2038

Why don't more people like improv?

As an audience member, my preferences are Improv > sketch > standup But the general public is more Standup > sketch > improv The truth about improv that many proponents don’t want to admit is that is essentially a niche entertainment, like ballet. Those of us who love it, love it. But most people do...
by DanC
June 12th, 2014, 12:54 pm
Forum: AIC General Discussion
Topic: TNM Shows now free to AIC members
Replies: 8
Views: 5789

Re: TNM Shows now free to AIC members

Hold on. Do any other theaters in town have this policy? I always pay for a ticket at any place other than TNM.
by DanC
June 15th, 2013, 7:02 pm
Forum: Improv Theory & Practice
Topic: How do you improvise with someone way better than you?
Replies: 17
Views: 10321

Re: How do you improvise with someone way better than you?

It was intimidating at first; then I learned that you're lucky to be on stage with better performers and it enables you to take more risks, because they will save you from looking too bad.

As with tennis or chess you get better when the people you play with are better.
by DanC
April 30th, 2013, 10:21 pm
Forum: Improv Theory & Practice
Topic: Article on various perspectives of "finding the game"
Replies: 4
Views: 2014

Re: Article on various perspectives of "finding the game"

I still think Calvinball (from the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes) is a great model for understanding improv games. http://calvinandhobbes.wikia.com/wiki/Calvinball http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/Calvinball Of all the things I've learned about improv, the concept of game seemed the most i...
by DanC
April 7th, 2013, 11:55 am
Forum: Improv Theory & Practice
Topic: Improv Wins: Chris & Tami's Book fundraising
Replies: 3
Views: 1861

Re: Improv Wins: Chris & Tami's Book fundraising

I contributed to this Kickstarter project because 1) I want to support them, and it seems like a worthy endeavor 2) I'm interested to see what's in the book I'm not sure you can learn improv from a book, though. I've never read any book about stage improv. The Austin public library, although general...
by DanC
April 1st, 2013, 6:30 pm
Forum: Improv Theory & Practice
Topic: Body Hacking for Improv?
Replies: 2
Views: 1297

Body Hacking for Improv?

They've done brain scans of rappers when they free-style - improvise - and found temporary reduction of neural activity in the prefrontal cortex. Same with jazz musicians. The prefrontal cortex is the part of the brain where we self-monitor and edit. (This is probably a simplification, but it's roug...