Day: May 15, 2018
Sara, you’ve been doing improv for a while. How did you find out about Sick Puppies Comedy?
Cast member Robyn Cassel eavesdropped on a conversation I was having at The Alchemist coffee shop in Wilton Manors with a coworker; we somehow got on the topic of me having done improv in a past life, and she told (lovingly commanded?) me to enroll in classes.
What got you involved and interested in improv?
I started doing improv in college at the University of Florida with Theatre Strike Force in the fall of 2009. I grew up watching Whose Line?, UCB YouTube videos, and sketch shows and figured well, why not?
Tell us about your first improv show ever. What was it like?
It was in the Jennings freshman dorm building at UF, in their common room area with vending machines and gross old couches. The stage was four tables put together, and I skinned my knee (through my jeans) during a particularly intense game of Chain Murder. The three STEM majors who showed up thought that was VERY funny.
What’s your favorite game/form of improv? Why?
La Ronde is my favorite long form piece right now because I absolutely love delving into strong character work and seeing how each player’s deliberate character choices play into one another to make a cohesive world in which these weirdos cohabitate. Also, the Intervention is just a really, really fun structure in which to play.
What is the most rewarding experience you’ve had based on your life in comedy?
I was one of a handful of members of Sick Puppies who volunteered with the teachers and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for an improv workshop, and it was truly the most impactful way I’ve ever used comedy. If I could go back and witness/participate in the power of silliness and vulnerability as a method for healing every day, I would in a minute.
Newer improvisers might be surprised by how much you continue to learn from improv, no matter how long you’ve been doing it. What’s something you recently learned, or that you’re currently working on?
The “game” doesn’t have to be something outlandish or joke-y. Trust the choices of you and your scene partner to find the game organically without feeling obligated to force it when it feels like you don’t have something immediately playable.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to new improvisers?
Be confident in what your brain is telling you. If your brain or feet are moving, listen to them. Trust your instincts, and do your best to stop second-guessing yourself to wonder if what you feel compelled to say is funny or a “good” move. Do the thing!
See Sara, along with The Mighty Few this Saturday at 9:30p at Sick Puppies Comedy! Get tickets now: http://bit.ly/SaraS2018!
It was a real blast to play with everybody around South Florida. We had a bunch of people play and I wish everyone got more time. Nobody complained that they didn’t get enough time or the right game. Everyone just expressed how much fun it was. It really was a blast. This tradition will definitely continue!
Sick Puppies Comedy and 16th Century Inc., the company that hosts and runs the Renaissance Festival at Quiet Waters every year are going to begin to offer a series of Drop In Improv Classes as well as a structured series of improv classes. Drop ins began this past weekend, but they will occur at 16th Century Inc. every other week at their location in Fort Lauderdale!
Drop Ins Will be held every other Sunday at:
16th Century Inc.
800 N.W. 57 Place
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Class will go from 2Pm – 4PM.
The next drop in will be Sept 27th!
The cost of the class is up to you. They will “pass a hat” at the end of class and you can pay what you can. We certainly hope it gets you excited enough to join the “Levels” class. Here’s the link to register for the drop in.
If you’d like to join our Series class that will begin on September 20th at the same location. You can register here by clicking on this link below!
Classes are $249 for 7 classes and will go every other Sunday from 2-4:30p.
Sign Up Now!
Tom Hanks is one of the best actors on the planet. He’s my all time favorite. He’s a really funny person too. This MEME pretty much captures what happens when you try to be funny.
In our opinion everyone is funny because everyone is human. And humans are funny. The first lesson we teach to in our improv classes is don’t try to be funny. Just be you and be the best you that you can be. Audiences are more engaged to your emotional reaction to a situation than they are to a “joke”. Not to say that a good one liner or pun isn’t funny, but truly engaging people find an emotional connection to the subject at hand and commit to that. If the “thing” of the scene is a truly big thing like cancer or marriage, you are watching a drama. If that same emotional commitment is connected to the fact that you can’t find a matching pair of socks, it’s likely a comedy. That’s more or a less a paraphrase of Gerald Owens; legendary improviser.
If we all took the time to actually listen to what people are saying, pause, absorb it and react in a real way to it, we would all laugh a lot more and get way more done. Agendas kill momentum. Plot, if you will. If you arrive to a meeting, discussion or argument with a pre-determined outcome, stop. Don’t bother having the dialogue. Just meet up and say “This is what’s going to happen whether you like it or not.”
Tom Hanks learned an important lesson that day. Will you?