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by Darren Held

By Sonnjea Blackwell

I’m a little pissed off at Tina Fey. She’s younger than me, funnier than me, more successful than me and richer than me… and it’s all because she’s more talented than me. I mean, what’s up with that?

Anyway, I did enjoy her recent NPR interview, and I promised to steal more of her thoughts to share with you (because she’s evidently also smarter than me). So here you go.

Besides not asking questions, another rule of improv is that you enter a scene when you are needed. Not when you decide you have an awesome character to trot out, or when you think of a funny one-liner to add, or when it looks like the folks in the scene are having a blast and you are jealous. If the scene is lagging, you are needed. If the players refer to another person that it would be helpful to see, you are needed. If a location could be clarified by having a peanut vender walk by or a waiter deliver a drink or an undertaker carry a casket through, you are needed.

One of many things that totally rocked at Trixie last weekend was that in both sets, no one was pushing an agenda. Everybody made

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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