Try these exercises at your next improv practice.
Exercise 1: Have Richer Source Material
- Two people up.
- Leave the practice and go see a movie.
- Talk about it together afterwards at a coffee shop.
Alternate versions: read a book, see a play, watch a concert. Something neither of your have seen/heard.
Exercise 2: Better Listening
- One person up.
- Leave the practice and find a friend or acquaintance and get into a conversation
- See how little you can say without the person noticing.
Tips: Whenever you are asked a question, answer it quickly and then immediately ask it back to the person. Ask what they did that day (better than the more open ended ‘How’s it going’ which is harder to answer). Complain about social media.