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Larissa's Improv Recap for the Week: 6/9 6/14/2014

July 06, 2014 1:26 AM
Posted by Aaron
Monday 6/9: Art of Improv- Performance's First Class

We started our first class of the next level in the Art of Improv, Performance this week. We have almost all the students that completed the Technique level returning and new students joining with experience from improv programs on the mainland! Rory will be leading this level and has already launched the students on the right foot for eight weeks immersing them in the art of performing improv comedy. 

***Tuesday 6/10: Short Form Improv Class on Listening

I ran last week's Short Form Improv Class a bit more on the advanced level by running exercises that focused on listening.  We started the class by doing some warm-ups that gave us a moment to reflect and become aware of our environment.  I had them circle up, shoulder to shoulder, and close their eyes.  It gave them a chance to become in-tuned with the room, the people in the room, and their body's current state.  Students had a chance to listen to all of these things and acknowledge how they felt about each of these things. Even without a suggestion, we were already gaining ideas on how this warm-up was revealing.

We continued the night by performing two person scenes with their eyes closed, and played some short form games! 

One of our students brought up an interesting topic:

Is there anything taboo in improv?

It was a great opportunity to talk amongst ourselves, students and teachers, on what we thought about this.  Some things we shared:

    Some teams share with each other what subjects they are not comfortable playing with on stage.  A team can work together to take care of each others preferences.

    If an improviser makes that choice to enter taboo territory, there's no fixing it as in taking it back.  It is hard to watch an improviser (note I did not say character, but improviser) try to "fix" the mistake of bringing up something taboo.

    Players can choose to:

   *Own the taboo subject and commit to it, or

    *Make the other player become "the victor", by turning it on the player who initiated the taboo.

    *Always play to the top of your intelligence.

***Wednesday 6/11: MARS Comedy Club Improv Show!

With some of our Think Fast improvisers gallivanting about the country for summer, our team of five improvisers performed at the MARS Comedy Show on Wednesday.  The show was hosted by the one and only James Mane of the podcast Guys With Issues. MARS Comedy Club has been showcasing local standup comedians and sometimes special guests from the mainland every Wednesday at The Studio!  We were rolling in our seats as standup comedians Brandi Morgan and Johnny Sparkles started the night!  Mahalo to Chad Wago and James Mane for inviting Think Fast to headline their stand up comedy show once again with our improv goodness.  Check out some of these photos from the show! I broke David in one of them!

***Thursday 6/12: Regards! Sketch Comedy Meeting

We are so thankful to Orig Media for sharing their space as we crack out scripts and ideas for the upcoming sketch comedy show for August.  We're excited about the theme for this show: Cobra Commander's Late Night!  We're summoning forth all sorts of characters we love from the cartoons of 80s-90s yore.  Seriously, it's gonna be great.  Cooooobraaaaaaaa!

***Friday 6/13: Chinatown Invasion with Think Fast and Dr. Safeword

Last Friday, Mr. Aaron Presents held the improv comedy show Chinatown Invasion featuring Dr Safeword! This was the second appearance of Dr.Safeword on stage, Think Fast rocked out the short form games as well as our signature long form 'The Library'.  Even though the show was at that same time as Alice in Chinatown, Jose Dynamite and Friends, the Pan Pacific Festival, and H1 shutdowns, we had a great audience of 20 who laughed and smiled along with us.

Our next show will be on June 28th, as we host the Think Fast Improv Brew-Haha!  This show invites improvisers and students in the improv community to come out before the show to sign up, get to know other improvisers on and off stage!  Performers must arrive at Ong King between 7:00-7:30pm to be added and assigned to a team.  Feel free to email us at or pop in on our Tuesday Short Form Improv Class at 7:30pm to let our instructor know.  Yay improv!

***Saturday 6/14: Think Fast on Oprah Winfrey Network's Life with La Toya

On Saturday OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) aired an episode of Life with La Toya that included a scene of Think Fast, John Waihee IV, and Marcus Landsberg, playing 'T-Rex Tag' with La Toya. This was during a Short Form Improv Class about 8 months ago. La Toya was gearing up for an Off-Broadway show. She had previously taken a Second City class and was looking to take more classes while here. She picked us!

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