A Very Quick Note on Improv


As I wrote about Improv here the other day, I just wanted to write a quick note about tonight.

Tonight was only the third time I have performed Improv. Firstly, it was such a rush as always. Performing is something I loved to do when I was younger and was possibly more willing back then, but I force myself to get in front of a crowd and it leaves me with a natural high afterwards, which is difficult to replicate artificially.

Secondly, the part of my performance this evening that I was most proud of was not a gag for once, but was eliciting a sympathetic “aww” from the audience. I’m not that funny, but it’s usually funny I’m aiming for. To be rewarded with something more emotional gave me a different sense of achievement, so I wanted to capture that I don’t always have to play for laughs. It totally helped that I had an awesome supporting cast though.

I practice improv with Birmingham’s Box of Frogs improv group, who meet every Tuesday in Moseley and perform on 3rd Monday of each month at the Blue Orange in the Jewellery Quarter.

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