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To view the Rob Ford rant video, click here.
(Thanks to S&P’s Isaac Kessler for helping us laugh through Toronto’s pain.)
Cameron was a guest on SiriusXM’s Canada Talks Speak Easy with Carla Collins yesterday.
While he was waiting to be interviewed, he noticed another man sitting alone. Cameron introduced himself and asked the man, whose name was Scott, what he was there to talk about.
“Oh, I’m with Commander Hadfield,” Scott replied, indicating the studio.
Cameron’s eyes widened.
“You mean I’ve gotta follow him?”
They laughed, and Scott asked what Cameron did. He explained that he was there to talk about improv, and how it helped him overcome his anxiety.
They chatted for several minutes, and Cameron forgot all about any nerves he might have had. When the studio door opened, Scott told Cameron, “You’ve got to meet Chris!”
As Cameron told me this story, he said, “The ‘old me’ would have sat by myself, concentrating on not being nervous. Instead I was focused on what was happening now. Laughing with Scott was so much better than focusing inward.”
(Improv analogy, anyone?)
If you’d like to learn more about improv for anxiety (and being here now), check out Cameron’s new website at playwithfireimprov.com.
We love this infographic by Bob Kodzis. If you’ve ever taken a class with David Razowksy, you’ll get it. And if you haven’t, we hope it intrigues you to do so.
There are still a couple of slots open for his Toronto workshop this Friday. Click here for details.
Improv teams are a fluid, ephemeral thing.
Rob Ariss Hills is a Toronto improviser who created this to artwork to map his own improv lineage. If you’d like him to do the same for you, email him at: email@example.com
Digital copies and/or posters are available (commissioned pieces will be higher resolution than the image below). For shipping outside Toronto, send your snail mail address to request a quote.
Guy: So, what’s your team called again?
Girl: Cat Deeley’s Pajamas. We’re an all-lesbian team.
Guy: Awesome. Wait…so…are you…?
Girl: No. I just have short hair, and the Artistic Director assumed.
Guy: Cool, cool. We have a team like that at our place. It’s an all-black team.
Girl: Really? Are they good?
Guy: Oh, he’s amazing.
Waiter: Welcome to Denny’s.
(pours water, leaves)
Girl: What about your team, Lannister…?
Guy: Calrissian. It’s me and three other guys. We do like a deconstruction-style Game of Thrones thing, with a bit of Sit, Stand, Bend.
Girl: Sounds fun. Have you been together long?
Guy: Yeah, a couple of months. To be honest, I’m really kinda over this town. I’m thinking of moving to New York or LA. Maybe Winnipeg. I don’t wanna get pigeonholed.
Girl: I love your Boba Fett shirt, by the way.
Girl: I like that it’s spelled “F-e-t-e” and he’s having a party.
Guy: Got it at ComiCon. Boba Fett wasn’t there, but the guy who voiced Jar Jar Binks signed it, even though I asked him not to.
Girl: Um, did you just check us in on Foursquare?
Guy: Yeah, why?
Girl: I sorta skipped rehearsal to be here. I told them I was sick.
Waiter: All righty, more water! Will there be anything else, or just the bill?
Girl: Could we get some menus?
Waiter: Right. Fuck. Sorry. Hey…are you on Lannister Calrissian?
Guy: Sure am. I’m Jeremy.
Waiter: Nick. I do improv too! Me and three other guys have an all-Mediterranean team, Freaks’n'Greeks. We do a kind of lights-on Bat with a bit of Sit, Stand, Bend.
Girl: Sounds fun.
Waiter: You should come. We’re opening for The Romeo Academy.
Guy: That’s crazy, I was just talking about him.
Waiter: Yeah, dude’s awesome. He’s black, you know.
Guy: I know…though I’d be friends with him even if he wasn’t!
Waiter: Great Boba Fett shirt, by the way. ComiCon ’08?
Girl: I wish I had a burger right now.
Guy: And I wish I was a lion tamer.
Waiter: Zing! Monty Python’s Vocational Guidance Counsellor sketch.
(the guys laugh, high five)
Guy: Hey, we should exchange numbers.
Waiter: I just added you on Facebook.
Guy: And I checked you in on Foursquare.
(they do a complicated bro shake)
Girl: Um, I guess I’ll just…
Guy: Yeah, you do that.
Check out this seriously funny parody trailer for The 40-Year-Old Virgin, inspired by the one that started it all for The Shining. Steve Carell never seemed so scary.
Click below to watch.
In this beautiful TED Talk from Rebecca Northan, she talks about how improv teachings mirror what we do when we’re in love.
A random assortment of improvised genius.
“Papa, why don’t we have free speech?”
“Because one comedian ruined it for all of us.”
- Rob Ariss Hills and Mike Riverso
“In the KGB we make the deals. What can you do for us?”
“Well, at my last job I was really good at consolidating mortgages.”
- Rob Ariss Hills and Gordon Robb
“It’s so simple. Like Sudoko on Mondays.”
- Doug Shepherd
“I didn’t know you were here, Mr Bick.”
“I’m everywhere. In many ways, Bicks Pickles are ubiquitous.”
- Sandy Jobin-Bevans and Dave Pearce
“Oh, you can’t say ‘retarded.’ Not even when you’re explaining…whoops.”
- Mike Riverso
Love, love, love this reminiscence/meditation/love letter to improv by Todd Stashwick.
(Click on image below to read.)