Improv Life Lessons, "Yes and" and Beyond

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Improvisational comedy relies on team work, thinking creatively on your feet, and being open to new ideas. Charlie Todd, founder of the prank collective Improv Everywhere and a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, talks about the lessons you can learn from improv that apply in real life.


Charlie Todd

Comments [4]

Liz from Manhattan

I teach improv to kids here in Manhattan and I have to say their growth after just one session. The idea of always making your parnter look good is such an amazing thing to learn when you are middle school. I've had parents come in and say, "My child has completely changed since working in improv". All children should at least try improv once!

Aug. 31 2014 10:37 AM

Yes-and....."He [George Bernard Shaw] hasn't an enemy in the world,
and none of his friends like him." Oscar Wilde

Aug. 29 2014 10:48 AM
ellen from Manhattan

My first exposure to improv was the best - the first Elaine May-Mike Nichols
"record." I still remember that minutes into what sounds like a blind date,
Nichols said: "Do you have enough room on the bed?" Don't remember what she answered, do remember she didn't miss a beat!

May. 20 2014 11:09 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Brian, you're asking, why was someone the neighborhood clown among friends who became lawyers, bankers, etc. Why not among those who became plumbers, waitresses, domestic workers?

May. 20 2014 10:26 AM

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