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by Darren Held

Mr. Sean Fannon has some very serious thoughts on a very serious subject: having fun.

It is not only girls and Goonies in the 80s that want to have fun. We all want tooo haaave fuuuuhhh-uuun. True: I’m not writing about super technical improvy stuff, I am going to write about having fun. Although as with other posts (Sonnjea disclaimer*), please always remember to keep the basics top of mind. Like in the forefront of your brain, like right there always on the tip of your cranium.

I have a confession. I do improv as a cheaper form of mental therapy. Seriously, I’d be fine going to classes just to watch others perform and laugh. Very voyeur I know, but it helps to dissolve the gunk that builds up over the course of the day on my gray matter. It helps me relax. And when I’m relaxed, it’s easier to just have fun.

cyndi girlsOOOOOhhh Seans just want to have fah-unnn!

Where was I?

When I tell people, I have improv rehearsal they always ask – and I mean always – “Why are you rehearsing? I thought you were just supposed to make it up?” Well yes, we are but we need to have the basics down first, like quit asking questions. If not, scenes will not have the structure to build a funny house of haha, lol, chortles and rofl.

Over the years, the most memorable performances have been when the troupe is just having fun. We practice improv so we don’t have to think about all the basics. There will most likely always be the pre-performance jitters, but on stage being relaxed and just having fun will shine through with the audience. The audience can tell when you are having a good time and it puts them at ease as well. They are more open to receive the big laughs you have been building up to over the last 2-minute scene.

So did I blow your mind? Probably not. But just remember to have fun. Improv is meant to be enjoyed, not something that should be stressful or worrisome. Just have fun and the rest of the audience will have fun with you.

*Not really a disclaimer by Sonnjea. That was a Sean disclaimer pre-empting Sonnjea’s need to have a disclaimer. Sonnjea is entirely disclaimerless with regards to this blog post. ~ Sonnjea

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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