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Author: Lloydie James Lloyd

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The biggest improv stories, issues and developments told by improvisers, for improvisers. Hosted by improviser and journalist Lloydie James Lloyd
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When Is It Too Much Improv?

When Is It Too Much Improv?

2020-02-1100:16:30

Loving improv is one thing but when does it start to become too much of a good thing? Hear from improvisers who are loading their lives up with the art form and the mental health professional who advises caution.
Spreading Jams

Spreading Jams

2020-01-2900:15:58

A jam is an event where anyone can put their name in the hat in order to play an improv scene in front of the audience. As improv grows, so do jam nights. It's as if an improv jam is part of the fabric of the art form. Why is that? And what makes a good jam night?
How your last improv show went sometimes isn't as important as how and when you find out about how good it was. Getting notes in improv whether it be in class or from a coach is sometimes hard. So how should coaches give their feedback and what constitutes good feedback for improvisers?
You've heard from some incredible improv voices since this podcast launched in July. We've not been able to include everything everyone said in every interview so this episode, you will hear clips from a number of the interviews done since July that didn't make it into their intended episode due to time or because conversation had drifted into a side-topic
The concept we call Yes And has been at the heart of improv and at the heart of how improv is taught for decades. There are books about it, and the phrase is synonymous with improv. The basic idea is that you say yes to what your partner is offering and then add to it. More recently, Yes And has been questioned. Some improv schools don't teach it anymore. Has Yes And as a theory run its course? Or it is still relevant to how we teach and perform improv?
The Mantra Of Support

The Mantra Of Support

2019-12-0300:21:13

What do we mean in improv when we talk about support and how do we quantify what on stage support and off stage support is needed in our art form. As the number of shows and teams grows around the world, how much do we have each other's backs and how useful is it for us to be saying that we must support other people's moves on stage and other people's shows?
Do We Really Need Warm-Ups?

Do We Really Need Warm-Ups?

2019-11-2000:12:53

If there's one thing that can divide a group of improvisers quickly, it's the subject of warm-ups. Some people hate them and don't want to do them. Some people love them and could happily warm-up for an hour before tackling a scene. How much warming up do really need to be good at improv and how much difference does it make to an ensemble if they don't warm up?
Help, I Suck At This

Help, I Suck At This

2019-11-0500:17:40

Experiencing and improv dip and a bout of imposter syndrome isn't uncommon in improv - in fact many people recognise it as part of being an improviser and, more generally, a performer. But in improv, where you never do the same show twice, this feeling seems more common somehow. So what do we do about this?
Improvisers With Scripts

Improvisers With Scripts

2019-10-2200:17:02

Many improvisers enjoy success not just in improv, but in the realm of scripted work. Does their experience in improv bleed into their creative processes when they write or even when that written work gets performed? This episode you get to hear from a number of successful writers who also have an improv background
Marketing Your Improv Show

Marketing Your Improv Show

2019-10-0800:18:25

You can have the best improv show in the world and still not have an audience. How do you get people to come to see your show and how many of them are going to be non-improvisers? This episode you will hear from people who are marketing improv in different ways to get audiences for shows.
How does an improv musician view the improv show? What do they add? And what should those of us who take to the stage to work with them know about the work the music director is putting into the show? Hear from improv music directors about how they work with on stage improvisers and the things the performers should know about the musician's job. Featuring Brit Award nominated artist Fred Deakin and Whose Line Is It Anyway musician Laura Hall.
While some of us are blessed with cities that have a large improv scene with multiple groups or even multiple theatres, some cities have barely anyone flying the flag for our art form. You'll hear from people from three cities from around the world - people who have been the only game in town. Clarification: Maximilian Hanson is founder and creative director of Mind Melt, which he started earlier this year. His former group, which he was part of creating ten years ago is Teater Prego.
Making Indie Nights Work

Making Indie Nights Work

2019-08-2700:20:041

What makes a good independent improv night, and what do you get out of putting on something that isn't connected to an established improv theatre or school? People with experience of indie nights from around the world share their experience and examine what makes nights like these function and succeed.
On the next episode of the Improv Chronicle Podcast you will hear from some of the people running independent improv nights and how they get over the disadvantages of not having a major theatre behind them - and how they exploit the advantages
Every year, a growing number of improvisers take a creative and financial risk on the Edinburgh Fringe. What are the benefits of taking your work to the world's largest open-access arts festival, and is there a secret to getting a good audience?
With a reputation for being a tough nut to crack, what are the benefits of taking an improv show to the world's largest open-access arts festival? Improvisers who have taken a variety of shows share their tips and experiences
A new improv festival has just opened this week in the UK. As improv festivals continue to spring up around the world, what makes a good festival for audiences, improvisers and improv scenes?
Coming soon - stories and issues from the global improv community
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Joe Thompson

Great Episode!!

Aug 28th
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Joe Thompson

Amazing resource for improvisors! 5* fantastic production quality 😁😁😁

Jul 31st
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