Cameron and I saw the Chihuly exhibit with our friend, Nadine Prada, yesterday. It was like walking into a glass wonderland, filled with colour and light.
Part of the exhibit was a film where the artist described his career in glass-blowing. He spent the first 10 years, he said, just “making mistakes.”
A decade is a long time to keep failing. And yet, the result of all those mistakes is now enjoyed by millions, in museums, gardens, rivers, and hotels worldwide. We wouldn’t have these breathtaking sculptures without all the crashing and burning.
As improvisers, we have the opportunity to make mistakes every time we perform. Chihuly’s work was a brilliant reminder of just what a gift that can be.
Need a fun gift for your favourite scene partner? We’ve put together a list of goodies you can order from the comfort of home. So grab your vape, settle back on the sofa, and fire up the ol’ computes for this year’s holiday extravaganza.
Let The Games Begin
Card games, board games, Game of Thrones…improvisers love games. Why not surprise your favourite nerd – uh, improviser – with a custom D&D die? If that’s too advanced, think retro entertainment like Twister, Hungry Hungry Hippos, or Jenga. There’s no surer way to put a smile on someone’s face than with a big box of wood.
Don’t Think Twice
Great acting and lots of insider jokes make this smart, funny, very human film from Mike Birbiglia a must-see. Don’t Think Twice is available on iTunes, BluRay, and DVD.
TJ and Dave on Vimeo On Demand
OK, we’ll admit this one’s hard to wrap. But with nearly eight hours of footage of the greatest improvisers on Earth, this gift is too good to pass up. It’s especially great for folks outside the U.S. who’ve never seen them perform. Click here or below for this MasterClass in the art of improvisation.
Saint Celebrity Prayer Candles
Light up someone’s life this season with with a candle from Saint Celebrity. You can even request a custom order of your favourite comedy hero, like Colbert, John Oliver, or Samantha Bee. Because God knows, we’re gonna need ’em.
No holiday would be complete without a good book to curl up with. Here are some of our improv faves: