Josh Bowman is a professional fundraiser, storyteller, comedian, improviser, and blogger. He also writes for, The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and improvises around Toronto, including regular shows with Opening Night Theatre and Surprise Romance Elixir, and when he tricks other better improvisers into performing with him.

Note: Any scene can be terrific if it’s played enthusiastically and intelligently, but generally when I see players initiate any of the scenes below, it doesn’t end well. PS: I’ve done most of these myself. Blergh to me.

  1. A married couple arguing because the husband came home late from work. He was likely having beers with “the guys”
  2. People just arguing in general for no apparent reason
  3. Somebody teaching somebody else how to be cool
  4. Any combination of two or more of the following: robots, pirates, vampires, Jesus, explosions, time travel, a funeral
  5. Somebody on the toilet sitting beside somebody else on the toilet, talking about toilets
  6. People waiting for the bus
  7. “This is the best (blank) ever!!”
  8. Somebody calling somebody else fat/ugly, and helping them be prettier
  9. Too much talking
  10. Scenes where people keep saying “I don’t understand!” “I don’t know what’s going on here!”



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  1. Anand Rajaram #
    March 9, 2012

    Now I want to do a set entirely following this list.

    • March 9, 2012

      I have a feeling you already did some of those scenes with The Jeremy Birrell Show. (Brilliantly, of course.)

  2. March 9, 2012

    Do it!!

  3. March 9, 2012

    Great post. Guilty of 2 and 3 on occasion… and 7 and 10 far far far too often.

  4. rob c #
    March 12, 2012

    scenes that start with pleasantries…a scene is just a small moment in the characters’ lives so let’s start in the middle of a conversation and feel free to end things unanswered sometimes.

    • March 12, 2012

      Agree. It’s like eavesdropping on a cell phone conversation. The most interesting soundbytes are mid-call.

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