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by Darren Held

by Sonnjea Blackwell

Okay, all you people who think I’m too in love with the “improv for life” concept… I’m not the only one.

This weekend I had the honor of attending the wedding of my dear friends and troupemates, Andy and Tracy Araujo, who included improv in their ceremony in a number of ways.

They talked about their love of improv, and how the skills they’ve learned in improv – notably listening and agreement – are cornerstones of their relationship. They played an improv game called Love Letters, which was technically scripted but at heart based on improv. They took suggestions from the audience. Tracy hesitated before turning to face Andy when they exchanged vows, commenting that facing each other directly wasn’t a good stage picture and that they should maybe cheat out. They included readings that were hilarious.

Improv even played a part in how they dealt with the inevitable wedding day mishap… 15 minutes before the wedding was supposed to begin, Tracy realized she’d left her vows in the hotel room – 25 minutes away, roundtrip. So while volunteers rushed to fetch the vows, Andy and Tracy chilled, drank some wine and enjoyed a few extra minutes with their guests at the pre-ceremony reception. In improv, we go with the flow.

It was the only wedding I’ve ever been to where people laughed, cried, clapped, hollered suggestions and yelled “Yay!!” It truly was the best wedding EVER.

To Tracy and Andy: I love you both, and I wish you a lifetime of health, happiness, love and, of course, improv for life.

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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