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by Darren Held

Improv is a team sport. Last night, the H2G Long Form class was way low on peeps because a bunch of players were out with various ailments. But we have a show coming up, so the 6 of us who were there pulled together and gave it our all.

And here’s what we learned about doing a long form show with a really small group:

  • you have to put your neck on the line even more because there’s not a crowd for you to get lost in
  • you have to listen extremely well and be ready to jump on everything that happens, because there’s not the luxury of leaving it for someone else – because there is no one else
  • there is no room for prima donnas looking for individual glory – the show will only work if everyone is working together for the good of the team
  • well-differentiated characters are critical because with only a few people, it would be very easy for the audience to get confused about who’s who

The all-for-one-and-one-for-all aspect of improv is even more pronounced in long form, so it’s a little disconcerting to be missing 1/3 of the team! Try playing a baseball game with no third baseman, no catcher and no right fielder. Um, awkward.

Luckily, it’s still a couple weeks until Snow Globes & Shotgun Weddings, and by then everyone should be all better. So go ahead and get your tickets now – they are going fast and when they’re gone, they’re gone.

By Sonnjea Blackwell

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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