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Find out about US vs Canadian football! Here’s a snippet from the latest episode of The Follow-Up, a comedy & trivia podcast I run with writing help from Andrew Ladd. (3m40s)

With panelists: Zoe Daniels, Marc Rowland, Jessica Salomon & DeAnne Smith

Check the link for more salacious details like: why cats meow, how Albert Einstein made $10 million in 2011, and who used to do surgery.

- vinny

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Take four comedians. Add one host with a stack of index cards. Heavily rip-off Be inspired by BBC’s QI. Ask questions with true answers so ridiculous, no fiction could compare. Give points for being right (no chance) but give more points for cracking wise. Stir.
The Follow-Up
It’s Episode 16 on February 16.
Check us out on iTunes or on the site.

Take four comedians. Add one host with a stack of index cards. Heavily rip-off Be inspired by BBC’s QI. Ask questions with true answers so ridiculous, no fiction could compare. Give points for being right (no chance) but give more points for cracking wise. Stir.

The Follow-Up

It’s Episode 16 on February 16.

Check us out on iTunes or on the site.

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A snippet from the Oct 2010 episode of The Follow-Up (with Zoe Daniels, Jeremy Hechtman, Jessica Salomon & Marc Rowland; hosted by Francois Vincent; Q by Andrew Ladd) Note: Strong language warning in effect!

3m14s

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Snippet from Episode 8 of The Follow-Up.

Featuring Marc Rowland & Francois Vincent, with guests Sandi Armstrong, Pat Dussault & Rosaruby Kagan. Questions written by Andrew Ladd & Francois Vincent

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Ask us anything!

How do you create a sketch show? How do you use improv to do that? How long does it take? Can you describe the actual process you go through? What specific techniques and exercises do you use?

Ian
http://improviser.fr/blog

I’ve been holding off on answering this one because I have no real experience in this sort of thing. I’ve written sketches but not in many years and not using improv. I’ve read about it and I have a few ideas but I don’t like to write about things without having a little firsthand experience.

That doesn’t usually stop me.

How to create a sketch show? Write a bunch of sketches. Revise them like crazy. Write in pairs. Pass it to someone to edit. Find the best person for each role. Forget who wrote what. Figure out your blocking, props, costumes and transitions between sketches. Vary the pace, energy, themes and kinds of jokes. Perform them in front of people to get real feedback. Re-write like crazy. Rehearse like crazy. Use music wisely.

How do you use improv to do that? Write sketches and improvise new lines. Find new games to play within the scene. Write outlines of sketches. Improvise from the seed of a sketch. Improvise beyond the end of the written sketch. Improvise what happens before the start of the sketch. Re-write. Rehearse. Do an improv show. Note what worked. Write sketches based on that.

How long does it take? Start now. You’ll never feel like it’s done. Never stop writing. Keep a notebook. Everywhere. Keep pen and paper by your bed.

Here’s a podcast where they discuss this very topic:

Finally, keep writing.

-fv

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Followed Footsteps

If you’re following it on iTunes, then this is old news, but Episode 4 of The Follow-Up is now live.

We raised some cash for Doctors Without Borders, discussed Cap’n Crunch’s real name and generally roused some rabble.

Next month’s episode will be on March 3rd at the same time, same place (Le Cagibi, 9pm). However, there will be a special guest host and crew. Marc and I will be off in Europe (more on that later) so we’ve grabbed Montreal Improv’s own sketch class teacher to host the show: Anders Yates. You may get excited…. NOW!

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