Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Improv

I know, I know...it's been a while.  Getting back into the blogging routine is turning out to be one of the hardest things on my list.  The crazy part is a I LOVE writing....I just don't make the time for it like I used to.  However, I do have a big update for one of the items on my list.

I am now three weeks deep into my improv class!  This was definitely an item on my list that scared the shit out of me.  I have no fear of public speaking and am outgoing and am at times funny, but to have something where I felt the pressure to actually do all those things simultaniously??  Frightening.  I also felt like it was going to be hard to find a place that taught improv, but luckily that turned out to be the easiest portion.

The Sacramento Comedy Spot is located in downtown Sacramento in the Marrs building and they hold regular improv and comedy classes.  They also happened to be running a deal on Living Social at the time I signed up so it was a win win.  I wanted to put in a little time before I started talking about it on here and feel like three weeks in I know a bit more about it then I did when I walked in.  Here are the good things:

1.  It's hilarious.  Last night I didn't feel like going AT ALL but I am determined not to miss a class.  After 30 minutes I was so happy to be there.  It completely transforms my mood just walking in the door.  "Balloon Animal Brian" our instructor is the best.  He has the most comfortable quirky personality and his patience blows me away.
2.  Improv is nothing like I thought it was going to be.  To me it was "Who's Line Is It Anyway."  The fact that it is not structured like that actually puts me at ease because I feel like I'm not ready for that kind of improv (and maybe never will be.)  There is a whole structure to improv, a way in which to do things.  I'm still learning this but I find it fascinating.
3.  No matter how good someone is, everyone fucks up.  There are just times that it doesn't work and that's OK.  I think it is what makes improv improv.  If it just worked all the time it would feel staged.  The other good part about this is I feel like when you do kill it you KILL IT.  When shit comes together and works it can be epic.  Now, I'm not even on stage doing scenes yet, but just knowing that it is OK if I don't do well is a comfort.

Of course, we have to talk a bit about the bad things.  Thankfully there is just one....some of the people in class.  We've gone through this our whole lives, but being almost 40 you kind of forget what it is like to be in class and are reminded there are always those people that just won't shut the fuck up.  Those people that just don't get it.  Everyone is very nice, but man oh man there are times I want to knock someone aside the head.  There is one person in class who I literally can rarely understand what comes out of their mouth.  To me it just sounds like a gobbling turkey and most of the time I feel like a gobbling turkey would actually make more sense.  This is where I am blown away by Brian's patience.  This guy has to see some VERY INTERESTING characters and I'm not sure how he does it, although I can see where it does probably help him in his own comedy.

Needless to say, I love it so far.  It scares me, which I kind of love.  I'm not sure if I will do more beyond this session, but I'm so glad I put this item on my list and that I'm getting it accomplished.  I think everyone could benefit from taking an improv class!  If you are in the Sacramento area check out The Sacramento Comedy Spot.  If participating isn't your thing they have a TON of great show and you should go out and support them.  Being in Sacramento my whole life I am amazed at how wonderful this city has become and how much opportunity there is right outside our door.