Sometimes when we are performing improv, we get preoccupied with being funny--is this scene funny? Is my character funny? Is my scene partner funny? What is the funny thing I'm going to do next? All of this can put us in that dreaded dead-end place inside our heads and prevent us from our more important goals: active listening and playful yes and-ing.
This workshop removes the funny from the equation. Participants will be given difficult (invented) serious scenarios that they will play out with a scene partner by making a human connection, living in the moment, reacting honestly, and listening carefully. By practicing these skills, they will discover that funny is never forced and should not be overthought--rather, the humor evolves organically from realistic relationships.
Jennie's performance training began with two years' worth of classes in dramatic improv, so she didn't know improv was even supposed to be funny until about 2006.