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by Darren Held

By Sonnjea Blackwell

Um, sorry for the lack of posting today. I had to get up at 5:15 and do some stuff, take the BFF/Fearless Leader to the airport, work out with Evil Trainer and drink the afternoon away with Someone Else.

That doesn’t mean there were no improv-y thoughts going on in my noggin. There were. But nothing profound is coming to me at the moment, so I’m just gonna share a short thought I learned in class this week: Evidently it’s extremely rewarding and cathartic to create improv characters based on people who bug the crap out of you.

OMG, I suddenly have an entire posse of characters. And thank you to all the annoying people I’ve met in my life.

Anyway, I can see how taking on those characteristics and kind of mocking them would be sort of a getting-the-last-laugh kind of scenario. And, from a kinder, more Buddhist perspective, playing those people who annoy the living hell out of you can give you a new look into what makes them the way they are and will help you have more compassion for them.

Anytime I can mock someone AND feel like I’m being a good person, I’m a happy girl.

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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