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by Darren Held

I love an improv exercise we do called Eyewitness. I’ve seen it (and performed it, actually) in shows and I personally don’t think it works that well for an audience. But it’s a great exercise for class.

It involves two people reporting an incredibly petty crime to the police… something like taking 2 newspapers from the dispenser or littering or jaywalking. The perpetrator is typically a celeb of some sort. The point of the exercise is for the improvisors to take their sweet time getting to the actual crime, while instead spewing mountains of minutiae that really is all about themselves.

By Sonnjea Blackwell

Darren Held
About Darren Held
Darren is the CEO and Creative Director of Held2gether, Improv for LIfe. He has been teaching and performing improv for 15 years, and has performed with H2g, the Groundlings, UCB and Second City. He loves Moto, red wine, and Madonna.

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