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by Darren Held

Lisa, et al went to see an improv show at The Groundlings on Saturday, while I was out of town for a wedding. I know, right? Of all the Saturdays they could see a show, they pick the ONE Saturday I’m out of town for a friggin’ wedding.

Anyway, my friends’ loyalty is the subject for a whole different kind of blog. The subject of this blog will simply be: don’t compare yourself to others unless you want to quit everything you do and perhaps spend the rest of your days in the basement muttering to yourself.

Lisa mentioned how freaking amazing the sketches were at the show Saturday night, and went on to say that, while inspiring, the bar was set WAY too high for us to hope to hit in our upcoming sketch writing class.

That’s kinda how we all felt after seeing the Crazy Uncle Joe show, too. But then I got to thinking – yeah, it happens once in awhile – that a) those people have literally decades more experience than we do, b) they’ve worked together as a group longer than we’ve even been around and c) they do several shows a week. Given that most of us at H2G have done improv around 2 – 4 hours a week for at most 3 years, it’s amazing what we’ve accomplished through desire and sheer determination.

Of course, being as good as [insert favorite unrealistic goal here] is never a great objective anyway. It’s a much healthier goal to strive to be as good as you can be, rather than striving to be the next Tina Fey, for example. There’s already a pretty damn good Tina Fey out there, so I should stop beating my head against the wall and just try to be a pretty damn good Sonnjea Blackwell instead.

So yeah, Lisa’s right – our very first sketch writing class ever is probably not going to turn out Groundlings-level material. Oh well. I hope we all just do the best we can and have a blast doing it. That would make it a huge success in my book.

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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