Class Yesterday

My class with Mike Betette is pretty small to begin with but with the holiday week it was down to just two of us yesterday. Joining us was a substitute teacher, Scot Robinson, and two improvers who aren’t usually in our class. We just kind of chatted and did some light drills that were, frankly, amazing!

In Steve Martin’s book Born Standing Up he talked about a time when he wrote down things that made him laugh at the time. With that in mind I started to take note myself and in improv I’m realizing that the specifics are often most interesting and Scot really impressed that upon us last night.

A unique drill we did involved starting from a movement that was completely foreign to us, as in we didn’t know what we were doing. When he said “go” from the sidelines one person blurted out something random and the other improver did the same in response. The statements and the movements had nothing to do with each other, so we had 4 things (2 statements and 2 movements) that had zero relation to each other. And the idea was to bring them together. It usually took about 4-6 lines before everything made sense.

I have realized that I’ll never know everything there is to know about improv. Nobody will. But I’m starting to come full circle and realize that it’s not really about what you know but what you share and how you find out the things that your character knows. Starting with black and white declarations and organically discovering the gray parts. Most importantly, it’s a fucking blast.

- Colin

I was a dumb kid too but I don’t recall this happening to me.

I was a dumb kid too but I don’t recall this happening to me.

loopswooppull:

Clip from arguably the best show on TV.  The last 3 min of the clip is one of my favorite moments from any show.  Get caught up on Louie, and all of Louis CK’s stand up.

Seriously, if you aren’t watching this show you are losing the battle.

drivenbyboredom:

Is it weird that I want to fuck Snow White?

Maybe it is weird but I’ve always been attracted to cartoon characters. -Motel TV’s Colin

mamairu:

sell the Vatican… feed the world! -Sarah Silverman 

yeah she did that! hilarity. 

thesecondcitynetwork:

This photo is amazing in so many ways


AGREED!

thesecondcitynetwork:

This photo is amazing in so many ways

AGREED!

This is, left to right, Max, Gina, and Nate. Last night Nate brought his own lighting intern who constantly kept him in the spotlight. It was awkward later when he was watching Opening Night.

This is, left to right, Max, Gina, and Nate. Last night Nate brought his own lighting intern who constantly kept him in the spotlight. It was awkward later when he was watching Opening Night.

From this angle Colin (L) and Mike (R) look like real life people.

From this angle Colin (L) and Mike (R) look like real life people.

Our First Cage Match

Well, we didn’t win but it was a ton of fun and the other team was great! After we were done a few members from each team grabbed some food and talked about how awkward it is to make theater into a competition. Regardless, we’ll be back.

- Colin

Dieter’s tea not only makes more poop happen it adds character to each bathroom trip. — Motel TV’s Colin Hughes