Times: News For Improvisers


* The Aurora shooting is the kind of thing that makes life almost unbearable. If you are into gun rights, and you don’t mean the kind you make with your curved (not straight!) index finger, it might be a good idea to take a healthy look at what people can do with a powerful tool. Yes, people not guns kill people, its just that they do it so efficiently and that the object in question has no other use. Andy Richter has said this much better than I’m going to.

One of our own, a comedian named Caleb Medley was shot in the head in Aurora. You can go here to read more & see his tour video and here find a link to donate to his family.

* The New Yorker has an interesting article/contest that deconstructs a basic rule of comedy using Seinfeld and print comics as illustrations. Read it and see if you agree that one incongruity is genius, several are a mess (Straight/Absurd perhaps?).

*The Just for Laughs “fresh faces” list is up. Do you recognize anybody?

*The biggest news that it is Summer!

What Improvisers Do

We aren’t totally sure who made the above image1 but we are totally sure that it’s mostly funny. Yeah, people who don’t watch improv sometimes think that doing improv is doing standup and yeah, most of our parents don’t get it either. The weird part of the image is that improvisers are sad alcoholics2. The best part of this image is obviously that weird spaceman riding that horse in a unicorn costume.

By the way Improv Wins readers, if you see an image like the one above send it our way!

Show 2 footnotes

  1. Our investigating team seems to think that a friend of Jon Vaughn‘s named Alan made it. We also don’t know Jon Vaughn. Okay, you got us, our investigating team has the day off today.
  2. Or maybe the creator is crying for help. If only our investigating team were in the office!

Times: news for improvisers

Here is a gathering of news bits that may be of interest to you as an improviser:

Over at Fesministing they’re pointing out how tedious this whole “ladies ain’t funny” deal has gotten. But hey, we still can’t let the absurdity go un-engaged, right?


Do we get all of our best work done collaboratively, or is it important for some of us to work independently? As an introverted improviser I found this article really interesting. One of my facebook friends posted this NY Times piece with the tag “This nails it in the workplace. Not in improv.” I beg to differ: many of the best events, ideas, and projects get cooked up with a mixture of independent work and preparation and finally a big reveal to a community or team. What are your thoughts?


PGraph out of Austin recently visited the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This piece interviews them about their feelings on doing improv in an international event where there is little built-in audience for improv. I attended the University of Edinburgh for a little while in 2004 and was a big fan of their (shortish-form) improv group “The Improverts.” I’ve always been curious about Edinburgh’s Fringe Fest & PGraph’s perspective is illuminating.


Improv Everywhere just had its 10th annual pants-less subway ride. Here is a video-laden history of the event.


Last up, why do we have chins? Seriously guys, why do we have chins?!

Thinking about this can’t help but assist your improv.