You don't have to be an actor to be an improviser. As I've said before, and I will say again, we all improvise everyday. Every. Day. We have to, right? We adapt to various situations at work and at home and sally forth. And through that adapting and sallying forth, we learn that there is an appropriate time and place for laughter/swear words/jokes/stories/talking/opening loud candy.
I work with youth. When youth swear at me, I will remind them of the expectations and they will sometimes stop swearing/swear louder/ask me why they can't swear. I will tell them, "you talk to your friends differently than you talk to your teachers, right? Sometimes it isn't appropriate to swear."
It is considered bad form to laugh at a funeral. A movie is not the time and place to TALK TO YOUR DATE ABOUT YOUR WORK DAY AND GIGGLE ABOUT YOUR TEXT MESSAGES.
Whew. Sorry. That escalated quickly.
Anyway, I think you get the idea. And maybe you are like, Hey Leah, what's the point? And I'm like, STOP TALKING DURING THE MOVIE. I DID NOT PAY MONEY TO LISTEN TO YOU GO OVER YOUR GROCERY LIST, ELIZA!
Oh my gosh. Oh my goodness. I'm so sorry. I just did it again.
My point is more like, you know how when an actor "breaks" and starts laughing they call it a blooper? Improv shows have live bloopers. We can't cut and start the scene again. We sally forth!
If you were at our show a few weeks ago, you would have seen Wendy Penrod and Rev McLean performing a funk song during the game Greatest Hits. They both started doing a little funk dance, and they lost it. They cracked and got the giggles. It was awesome. A few weeks before that, Nick Denhalter was singing a song about being a buddy not a bully. He said something in that song that made TJ Penrod laugh in this explosive way that made his glasses almost fall off. The laugh escaped his face sort of like a sneeze sound and then his shoulders wouldn't stop shaking.
My favorite is when they play one of the games where a player has to die on stage and then something funny happens and the audience starts laughing because the dead body is shaking uncontrollably with giggles.
And guess what? It's okay. Laughing at funny stuff is normal, amazing, and important. IT IS NOT NORMAL TO SIT IN THE MOVIE THEATRE AND TALK TO YOUR DATE ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU LIKE YOUR NEW GYM.
Whoa. Yeesh. I need to calm down.
Anyway. If you have a favorite story about one of our improvisers cracking up on stage, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear about it. And you could end up on the blog!
See you at the show!