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by Darren Held



by Sonnjea Blackwell

I’m super excited because the H2G Short Form Performance Class kicked off last night. And while I technically have nothing to do with this class or the improv show they’ll be putting on October 5, I’m always thrilled when a new group of H2G students moves up the ranks and starts performing.

Why? Well, I’ma tell you. Cause that’s just how I do.

First of all, I’m just really proud because most of the students in this class started out as my Level 1 students. I’m so delighted that they fell in love with improv and continued taking classes and are ready to show off for their families and friends. I have stories about all of them – the first time we met, the first scene they did, the time they realized they could do awesome improv and helped a newbie have a great scene, the first time they dropped an F-bomb in class…

The other reason is because some of the students have never had the chance to perform before, and I’m happy they finally get to experience it. Doing an improv show is both easier and harder than it looks, and no amount of my explaining that can make somebody understand it until they’ve done it. It’s like trying to explain sex. I can tell you the mechanics, but until you try it yourself, you won’t actually know what it feels like. Not that an improv show is like sex. Never mind. You know what I mean.

Anyway, to all my students: I’m so proud of you all, and so happy that I didn’t do anything to make you hate improv or run screaming from the theatre on your first day. Can’t wait to see you all strut your stuff on the 5th. Yay!!

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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