Improv Rambling: Talk About Anything Else But Remember Where You Are (Exercise)
This is a variation of the exercise we’ve done where you do a physical activity (sort mail, making a sandwich, working on an assembly line) and talk about anything but that thing. Because, of course, this is what we do all the time in real life.
In this version, the performers are given an activity that has extra weight/intensity. They are to remember what they doing, the energy and feeling of what they are doing but never vocally address it. Just talk about anything but that thing.
Here are some quick examples:
• Giving birth
• Defusing a bomb
• Dismembering a body
• In the middle of a museum heist
• In a sword duel
Commit to the physicality and energy of the activity and let those bleed into how you talk about anything else. Let the energy inform the performance.
Edited to add: I suppose the reverse can also be done: Talk about something super intense while performing a relatively banal task. But the the energy of what they are talking about should probably inform how they perform the task. Defaulting to the thing with the least energy would seem…less fun to me. I am sure humor could be gained from that. At other times, I’ve told people who have chosen “blasé” or “indifferent” as their *cough* emotion to just keep heightening it in their voice and physicality. It’s hard but can be done. (Not that everything, especially emotion, needs to be “heightened,” but it is one way to explore something…especially in a scene where very few strong choices have been made.
If it means I don’t have to hear from anyone else, I’ll gladly shut up as well.
Totally agree with this. Simple gestures. No one trashing on me when I misclick and look stupid. Or when I intentionally click and look stupid.
I haven’t played Hearthstone but I agree with this.
Improv Rambling: Genuine
I’ve found that I’ve stopped saying “Play it real” and am now am saying “Play it genuine.” I have no idea if it is making any difference.