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by Darren Held

Perhaps the most magical thing about improv is that it looks effortless. When done well, it appears to the audience that the players took this lame-o suggestion like “cantaloupe” and turned it into an entire story about two starcrossed lovers who meet in the produce section of Albertson’s. Or, you know, something funny.

Like any sport, improv has rules. The difference is, people know there are rules to baseball or football, and they understand that the reason the games flows smoothly is because all the players follow the rules, whereas most people don’t realize that improv has rules.

The rules of improv are like a skeleton. Only less bony. You have this rigid structure of agreement, information and commitment that supports the game. But then you have the muscles, which provide the skeleton with flexibility and movement cuz otherwise, you’d just be a Halloween decoration.

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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