Category Archives: Exercise

Disc

By | March 21, 2019

The players in the scene are encouraged to imagine that the floor of the room is balancing on a fulcrum in the center of the room. If a scene involves one player, they can only stand in the center of the floor. The leader may mark the center of the stage with a safe prop. If the player were to move away from the center of the stage the stage would tip, and she would fall off the stage. If the first player in the scene moves across the stage another player must jump into the scene to keep the stage balanced. The players must keep a balanced distance away from each other.

Double Opener

By | March 21, 2019

This is an extreme listening exercise. The two players are expected to speak and the same time and literally talk over each other. While talking over is a habit to be avoided in improv comedy it is encouraged in this exercise. The simplest form Double Opening the two players will simultaneously yell out nouns at each other. It is very challenging to hear what the other player has said.

Banana Banana

By | March 21, 2019

This is an extreme listening exercise. The two players run around yelling “banana banana” as fast as they can. It is rumoured that this effort may help clear the mind and prevent players from “planning ahead.” When the leader calls stop the two players are expected to speak and the same time. They literally talk over each other. While talking over is a habit to be avoided in improv comedy it is encouraged in this exercise. The two players will simultaneously yell out nouns at each other.