Vinny & Brent are going to Philadelphia’s DuoFest! (side note: I think I was doped up on decongestants when I wrote that show description…)
I’m pretty excited to go. I love going to improv festivals and meeting people, watching shows, taking workshops and talking improv with people who are just as nuts for it as I am. A big part of it too is looking for improv DNA to bring back with me.
Each improv community develops a local style based on its local ecology. But for it to evolve it requires bringing in some new improv ideas that can merge with the local ideas. This is a big part of how I see an improv community avoiding stagnation. And not just a community but also me as an improviser. I need new ideas to keep me inspired and energized about exploring improv.
Beyond the friendships, the professional connections, the excitement of a road trip, the shows, the parties & all that great stuff, getting outside of the sometimes insular world of improv and seeing it with the eyes of an outsider is hugely important for me. If you’re at all an experienced improviser (whatever that means to you), you’re next step is to get out of that comfort zone and explore what other people are doing and how they are doing it.
Keep learning, you’re never done.