Status in improv comedy

Andrew called my attention to a great story about improv comedy by Doug Kassel

I’m reminded of the story of Elaine May auditioning with actors for “The Compass Players” in Chicago in the 1950’s. The actors were told that they were to improvise a scene where they were to go into the bar and pickup the girl. The actors would sit down and try to make witty small talk and Elaine would say, “Let’s go back to your place.” If they continued the audition, trying to be funny instead of getting up and leaving with Elaine, they weren’t considered.

In tonight’s improv class we did exercises that brought our attention to status, a which provides fascinating perspective on theater and real life.


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