Improv no more

The other night I had the chance to see some free improv.

Like most improv, it was sometimes funny and sometimes not. Of course I should take into consideration that this was a performance by college kids, not a professional, edited episode of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

But I remember my own university improv group being hilarious – I actually laughed to the point of crying. And so did this audience of mostly college students.

I guess it’s true: I’m so beyond my college years now that I can’t even enjoy improv. That’d have to go for acapella too.

2 Comments so far

  1. J$ (unregistered) on February 10th, 2007 @ 6:51 pm

    can’t beat free

  2. Dhaval Mehta (unregistered) on February 11th, 2007 @ 10:53 am

    I was never fond of improv comedy. I think the American version of Whose Line is it Anyway? was the best of the breed. And though comedy tends to do well with the public, I feel mostly people are just accepting the fact that it’s not that funny.

    That’s why I made my last short film completely improv but it is dramatic and not comedic. Comedy is best left to the comedians that write their own stuff and try it out on the road for months before coming live with it to the general public. It takes a lot of effort. That’s why you see like teams of comedy writers working for many shows instead of just a troupe of improv artists hacking away at it. Comedy is a refined art, and unfortunately, drama is the only thing that I found to work in a improv setting – and even that was scripted to a certain degree.

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