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Oct
22nd
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Okay everyone, get in here.
— Ancient Improv Proverb (via e-mprov)

(via improv-is-easy)

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Oct
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I’ll always have time for Carol Burnett.

- vinny

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Oct
1st
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Round #2 of the Mprov Online Contest is Live!

Tweet or post your favourite moments or lines from any of the shows you’ve seen during Mprov for a chance to win some sweet Mprov swag! WE also accept selfies with any of the performers/hosts (photobombs count)! Make sure to use the #MprovFest so your entries count! :)

Long Live Improvised Comedy!

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Sep
26th
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Revisiting the Surreal World of Viva Variety

I sometimes think this show was a fever dream of mine.  But I loved what I did remember of it.
- vinny

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Revisiting the Surreal World of Viva Variety

I sometimes think this show was a fever dream of mine.  But I loved what I did remember of it.

- vinny

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Sep
25th
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Sep
17th
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Mprov Contest!

The 2014 Mprov Festival is around the corner, and we’re announcing the official #MprovFest Contest! Playing is easy; a funny post, tweet or pic is all it takes to enter! Give us a window into the comedy that is your life via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram! Let us know how make others (or yourself) laugh and help us launch Montreal’s 9th annual Mprov Festival with raucous, side-splitting, knee-slapping laughter!  Really knock ‘em dead by incorporating the city of Montreal or improvisational theatre somehow for bonus points :). Let your funniest friends know about the contest and maybe they’ll share their prize with you!

FINE PRINT – Each post counts as 1 entry, entries are unlimited but remember, you don’t win friends with spam! Any content is acceptable as long as it is posted on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and contains the hashtag ‘#MPROVFEST’ (and on Twitter, starts with @MPROVFEST). There will be two winners selected by judges (shares, likes, and re-tweets help your chances but are not the only factor, comedy is subjective after all :) ). Winners are awarded a full pass to the festival. Good luck!

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Sep
10th
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Sep
4th
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Ask us anything!

The improv company I'm in has a team of 7-8 who are responsible for festival shows and a big monthly show at one of my city's biggest theatres. Half of them are selfish, ungenerous performers but are consistently given stage time because they're the senior members. It's really demoralizing as a newer performer (5 years) to see terrible, under-rehearsed work rewarded, especially when attendance at our shows has flagged over the last few years, but how do you tell the house team that they suck?

improvnonsense:

You don’t. Worry about your own work and move on when there’s a chance. It’s not your show, so don’t try to direct it from your head. 

Do the people on the team share your opinion? Probably not, so don’t worry about them. Does the audience like the shows? If not, the show won’t survive. But if the audience does — which I suspect they do — then try and figure out what the show is doing right.

You sound like people who complain that SNL is a bad show. It’s easy to find people who wonder out loud “How can that show be rewarded with its long term success when it (pick one: focuses so much on dumb pop culture, caters to a young audience, runs popular characters into the ground with little variation)?” Rather than figuring out why it is that SNL is the most successful sketch show in American (world?) history (ah, it focuses on the pop culture everyone is talking about, it’s one of the few shows with talent catering to a young audience, it repeats its popular characters).

What I’m saying: You’re being too harsh. The judge who lives in your brain is being given too much power. It will turn on you in times of low confidence and you won’t be able to recover and you’ll quit. Practice compassion and empathy. This paragraph is perhaps too new agey to be accepted at face value, but I suggest you take this advice if you want to be happy doing creative things.

POST SCRIPT (added a few hours after posting): Ugh, I jumped on this in too hostile a manner, which is hypocritical. Though I mean what I say above I want to add that I am sympathetic with the frustration this person expresses. It is frustrating to see people take for granted a good show or a good time slot, etc. I do understand that. But the “judge” thing I speak of —- I know this from experience. If you indulge the part of your brain that is scanning someone else’s show and demanding that it be improved or fixed and wanting to punish those who fall short — that part of your brain will get stronger and turn on you in ways you do not realize. This is the same point but I wanted to add that I also have the feelings you express but I’ve learned they are a red flag to be dealt with in my head for my own sake!

I really, really want to hang out and maybe have a beer with Will Hines.

- vinny

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Sep
3rd
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Can I have a location that fits on this stage?
- vinny

Can I have a location that fits on this stage?
- vinny

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Aug
28th
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