Improv 101 - My first class

Dirty South Comedy Club LogoRecently my therapist asked me what I do for fun.  I tried to list out some things but my list seemed pretty sparse. In order to fill those gaps I signed myself up for an Improv class at my local comedy club, the Dirty South Comedy Theater. Going into the evening I was nervous, but in the best possible way.  I had no idea what to expect but I had a pretty good idea that it was going to be fun. After the initial meet and greet we circled up and got the ball rolling.  A friend of mine had told me that nothing from the real world exists in these improv classes and our first exercises made this clear. We did some very basic exercises to get into the mindset we needed for the class. After that we got into the rest of the night which was variations on the "yes...and..." theme.

The yes...and... practices were so much fun. The consisted of variations on 2 people on stage having a conversation where each following statement agrees with what the person said and adds to it, moving the story along. We still need some practice to know how to keep that story interesting but some very funny situation came to be on stage last night.  Lots of fun and it will only get better.

All in all, last night was awesome and I can't wait for next week's class. Thank goodness the Dirty South has improv shows I can watch between now and then.

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