For The Love of Improv

For The Love of Improv

Let's talk about why we love improv! In this podcast, expect to hear from some amazing improvisers who contribute to improv in unique and intelligent ways - to help you understand your own style. Grow with us as we explore improv games, history, philosophy, and techniques -- all For The Love Of Improv. When it comes down to it, we are all just adults playing pretend. We are having fun and creatively engaging because it feels good. This podcast supports and lifts up our local and extended improv communities as we all try to become better improvisers and human beings.

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December 16, 2019 68 min

We talk with Jason Sarna about sketch comedy and how it relates to improv. Jason studied at Second City, IO, and The Annoyance. Most recently, he taught a year-long sketch course at Reno Improv which culminated in the 60-minute sketch show, Herd Immunity. We discuss the process of writing a sketch, character creation, heightening, and much more! 

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Courtney offers some tools and tricks to use on  stage when a scene falls flat, gets stuck in negotiation or is just plain boring.  We also discuss how to know when to add something or when it’s a good idea to just leave a scene alone. When one of us royally messes up an improv game (what? there are no mistakes in improv, I say!), we talk about the very fundamental improv concept of “listen and respond” and turn the clock back to 1...

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Most improvisers start by learning fundamentals through short form games. It is where we can quickly fall in love with the sport of improv and find our communities.  In this episode, we talk with Aurora Boles, a co-founder at Reno Improv who also teaches their short form beginner class. We chat about the evolution of short-form into professional troops and its relationship to long-form. 

Today's game explores heightening scenes ...

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September 28, 2019 71 min

The basics of storytelling inherent in every player get to the root of how long-form improv magic works. Tim Mahoney talks about the 8-step process that makes narrative improv come to life. 

In this episode we talk with Tim about narrative improv, secondary characters, Theatre Sports, and much, much, much, much, much more. (Let’s just say, Tim is never at a loss for words and that’s why we love having him on our podcast!).

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We all have to deal with complex emotions regarding loss and tough situations at some point in our lives.  In this episode, we talk with Justin Kavanagh about how we can use improv off-stage to process those feelings and work through the grief and trauma life throws at us.

Today's game explores how we listen to and respond to emotions on stage.

In our history segment, we will chat about Del Close, and how he views the process o...

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August 11, 2019 57 min

On August 9th, we discuss character building. We delve deep into things like building a platform and how to use emotion and physicality to create a character. Listen as our guest, Taylor Riedeman, demonstrates some of her quirky and out-of-the-box characters and explains how she conceptualizes them. Our history segment presents the story of the birth of Saturday Night Live (yup, improvisers started that sh*t!) along with a Gilda Ra...

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July 20, 2019 66 min

In this episode, we go deep talking about our community and the value of having a strong one. We talk about why loving the people you play with is so important, even if they are not your favorite folks to begin with. We talk about the place of competition in improv, how you can support your fellow players, and how that affects us all on-stage. We will get into a bit of history, introducing you to Viola Spolin, the fore-mother of im...

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