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GETTING STARTED by
Walt Frasier

I want to Improvise – What now?

Well, the great thing is that anyone can improvise. The hardest thing is getting out of your own head, leaving preconceptions behind - easier said than done. But the sooner you say to yourself, “I CAN DO THIS!” The sooner you will, and the sooner you will begin to get better.

The best improvisers, from an entertainment perspective, are very well rounded individuals – as performers and as people. Many comics pigeonhole their styles. “I am a political satirist.” OR “I am a clown!” OR “I am an impersonator.” OR “I am a musical cabaret artist.” It is great to have a specialty, but why not be able to hang in all areas?


STEP 1: Learn the basic techniques of Improvisation by taking a class or JUST DOING IT. Then continue to get better (and better and better). Take more classes. Watch other shows. Learn from others successes and failures. Like any art,  the day you stop trying to improve yourself is the day you should retire. There is no plateau. Only up or down. No single artist knows it all.

STEP 2: Become a better performer. Become a better actor, singer and dancer. Take Classes. CHALLENGE YOURSELF! I recommend taking it one step further and take classes in directing and writing. As an Improviser you will serve on stage as writer, director and performer all in one moment. The more you know the better you get. And again, you will never know everything.

STEP 3: Read books about history and literary classics. The more you know the more topics you can improvise. Classic literary characters from Shakespeare, Dickens, Hemingway and hundreds others provide a wealth of characters to play. And audiences love references they know. You can stir a number of emotions and thoughts by referencing or becoming a classic character.

STEP 4: BE TOPICAL. Watch the news and today’s top TV shows and movies. For the same reasons as knowing the history and classics, know pop culture allows you to play to any audience.   Finally reading the newspapers and following the news, you stay up on the most important topics your audiences face every day – politics, the economy etc. These topics allow you to really keep an element of intelligence in your comedy and drama.

STEP 5: KNOW THE BUSINESS! Read books and trade magazines. Network with other performers. Go to other shows to see what your colleagues are doing.

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Articles and Improv Handbook by
Walt Frasier . Mr Frasier has appeared on film, TV, Commercials and the Live theater and is currently the director of intruction for the COMEDY HALL OF FAME FOUNDATION (www.comedyhalloffame.com)See Walt Frasier live in Times Square and touring nationwide in Improv Comedy Troupe EIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH.
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Why study improvisation?

Getting started


Teamwork in Improv

The Responsible Performer

The Performers Journal

Improv Warm Up Games

Improv Guidelines
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Rule #1 "Yes AND"

No Questions. No Blocks

Pantomime

Setting Up Your Scene:


List of Ask Fors

Creating a Character

Creating a Situation


Creating a Setting
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