“He taught people to commit. Like: “Don’t walk out there with one hand in your pocket unless there’s somethin’ in there you’re going to bring out.” You gotta commit. You’ve gotta go out there and improvise and you’ve gotta be completely unafraid to die. You’ve got to be able to take a chance to die. And you have to die lots. You have to die all the time. You’re goin’ out there with just a whisper of an idea. The fear will make you clench up. That’s the fear of dying. When you start and the first few lines don’t grab and people are going like, “What’s this? I’m not laughing and I’m not interested,” then you just put your arms out like this and open way up and that allows your stuff to go out. Otherwise it’s just stuck inside you.”—
“But the world has changed since the days of Baba Wawa, and SNL’s present-day devotion to mocking its own medium feels anachronistic, a lazy holdover that prevents the show from fully satirizing society as it exists today.”—
Free Besser improv lecture - Sunday 1pm at UCB Chelsea.
On Sunday 5/20 from 1pm-3:30pm, Matt Besser will lead a workshop at the Chelsea theatre on the topic of improv comedy. Free for current performers and students. In case you don’t realize, Besser is one of the founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade and also of this theater. His workshops are always smart and great and if you haven’t studied with him, try to check it out! No reservations necessary, just go.
(UCB Chelsea is at 26th St and Eighth Ave)
from Erik Tanouye
So wait.. how are they gonna fit 1000 people into a 2.5 hour workshop?