Category Archives: Improv

Brushing Up on Looking Down

The highlight of the Gatlinburg Improv Fest, for me personally, was a guessing game called “King’s Court.” We played the game during the Einstein Simplified show on Friday night. I was lucky enough to play the king. Paul Simmons played … Continue reading

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Best of Both Worlds

When members of an improv troupe get to know each other and anticipate each others’ actions on stage, it’s called “group mind.” At the Gatlinburg Improv Fest, each participating troupe got a chance to show how well its members work … Continue reading

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Yes Energy

One of the best things I learned at this year’s Gatlinburg Improv Fest is something that I had already learned about radio. Until Saturday, I hadn’t realized that it was yet another similarity between the two disciplines. Consultant Valerie Geller … Continue reading

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GIF Exchange

The third annual Gatlinburg Improv Fest is coming up in two weeks. I’ve been looking forward to it for months because I had such a great time last year and the year before. Two years ago, I interviewed festival founders … Continue reading

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Two Can Play That Game

The hosts of TODAY reacted in amazement to a clever film clip this morning. My wife rewound the DVR to show me the segment. She said, “Watch this, it’s just like one of your improv games.” The actors from the … Continue reading

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You Other Brothers Can’t Deny

Several things have me more fired-up than usual about improv. I started making plans to attend the 3rd annual Gatlinburg Improv Fest, March 6 through 8 at Sweet Fanny Adams Theatre. Steve Saracino, my first improv teacher, called to tell me about … Continue reading

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The Candiru Spirit

It’s hard to disagree with Jacqueline R. Harper’s review of Fish Bait on Amazon.com: Slow moving, hardly a glance at the monster in the title, bad acting, and just bored in general. Seemed like it just kept going on and on and … Continue reading

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Hollywood and Highland

Despite the topic and location, I felt extremely alive last night. I was in my element: in front of a crowd; at a funeral home; talking about forensics with Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass. Jefferson and Bass were the … Continue reading

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A Fine Line

The joyous news in improv-land is that Whose Line is back. The ready-made hashtag #WhoseLineIsBack appeared on the screen at the start of the premiere episode of the new “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” on the CW last night. Other hashtags … Continue reading

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Rally for Laugh

Einstein Simplified has performed at the Downtown Relay for Life each year for several years, usually very late in the evening. This year we got a time slot before midnight, which made it easier for me to participate. I got … Continue reading

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