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by Darren Held

We’re getting ready to rehearse for tomorrow night’s improv comedy show at Hot Java. Rehearsing for an improv show is different from rehearsing for other kinds of shows. There are no lines to memorize, for one thing. We don’t know what you, the audience members, are going to suggest for any given game, so we can’t rehearse for that. We never know what our scene partners are going to say or do, so we can’t rehearse for that, either. We don’t know what order the scenes will be in, so we can’t even rehearse for that.

So basically, if you wanna know the truth, “rehearsing” for an improv show means that the troupe gets together, plays some improv games and drinks some vodka. Which is pretty much what the troupe does on any given Friday night anyway. But it sounds so much better when you tell people you’re “rehearsing.” And if we’re rehearsing, no one helpfully suggests that perhaps we might need a meeting…

Remember, Hot Java fills up quickly, so get there early!

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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