A buddy of mine told me improv changed his life. He started with a small class, and now over a year later he's doing it 4 nights a week and its had a huge impact on his life. I decided to see what it was all about.
I signed up for BATS Weekend Intensive Improv class. Friday night, all Saturday, and all Sunday we played improv games.
There were two types of games: 1. Brain Fry and 2. Scene Creation
Brain Fry warm you up to spontaneity. Example: Say the very first word (without thinking about it) after I say “potato,” or any other random word. We started each day like this, just like stretching.
Scene Creation worked on building an improvised scene from scratch with a partner or group. Example: I open up the scene with, "Wow, Chef Lisa, this is your most magnificent cake you've made so far!" And then my partner would take it from there.
Here’s what I learned
- What you think you look like and what you actually look like are completely different
- Everyone sucks in the beginning. Improv isn’t easy. Getting over this is key to having fun. I'm still trying to get over it
- Most people have a filter between their feelings and actions in regular life. Improv removes this filter and you makes you present in the moment
- BATS instructors created a very safe environment. Feeling comfortable is crucial to having a good time
- When bringing a group of people close, vulnerability is king. Our class of 8 said goodbye on Sunday like we were kids leaving summer camp