Wondrous Notions

Some excellent thoughts for the creation and new teams, forms and improv activity!

The Boiling Point: A Journey in Comedy

When aspiring performers ask Steve Martin for advice, he tells them, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”

Martin elaborates – “If somebody’s thinking, ‘How can I be really good?’ people are going to come to you.”

Is that your mindset as a performer?  As we go through classes, we’re taught how to improvise.  We get different perspectives from different teachers.  And we think, “If I just do it the way they say, I’ll be great.”  It takes more than that.

Why should an audience watch you?  Because you’re really good at doing that thing they told you to do?  Or should they watch you because you do something in a way no one else does?

You’re unique.  As a performer, it takes a while to find your “voice.”  But that’s the real quest you’re on.  What’s the difference between Bob Newhart and George Carlin and Sarah Silverman…

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