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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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?
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.
There’s a lot of preparation happening for the fall season at Montreal Improv because it’s going to be packed!! I’m very excited for everything on the horizon and I hope you are too. Below is a brief outline of some of the things you really gotta know about. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email me at email@example.com.
The muscles that we use when we are in love with someone are the same muscles that we use when we improvise. What they say to you matters, what they don’t say to you matters. When they touch you it matters, when they don’t touch you it matters. When they touch someone else it matters, when they don’t touch someone else it matters. When they say your name it matters, when they don’t say your name it matters. The muscles that we use in love are the same muscles we use in improvisation, because everything fucking matters.
Dave Razowsky. Taken from a list of memorable quotes from Improvention 2014.
Sometimes words hit you like a truck.