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by Darren Held

It’s super important to label everything in improv. That’s because all the audience sees is a couple of ordinary folks on stage – there are no sets, no props, no costumes, no voice-over narrations… there’s nothing to tell them who you are, what you’re doing, where you’re doing it or why they should even give a crap about this scene. That’s your job.

It’s a big job, I know. And sometimes you can get in a rut and not be able to think of interesting ways of labeling yourself or your scene partner. That’s why I’m sharing this handy drawing that’s been making the rounds on FB this week.

Except for “the one with bad memory,” these are all labels that could totally work in an improv scene. If you label someone as “always getting hurt” or “swearing all the time” or “goodie two-shoes,” those are really awesome gifts that help them know what kind of character they are. And you can label yourself, too, don’t forget.

You’re welcome.

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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