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Improv and Podcasting

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“The Nice Guys” are 4 Toronto Improvisers, comedians, and graduates of the Second City Conservatory program. They have decades of improv comedy and podcasting experience between them. In 2013, they started a improv-based podcast where they recreate classic movies to the best of their (terrible) memories. They’ve built their format through podcasting, and grown it to a live show that they’ve taken on the road from Ottawa to New York City. They want to share their experience and show how improvisation fundamentals can help improve podcast dialogue, and keep things interesting. Their session is focused on dialogue and how to efficiently and effectively bounce conversation off your co-hosts to maximize hilarity! This applies to any podcast, comedy or otherwise, and just all conversations in general.

Key Take Aways

  • Fundamentals of improv. "Yes And"
  • Riffing bits. Heightening and escalation of ideas.
  • Blocking is Bad
  • Pimping
  • Turning an interesting premise into a funny discussion

Q: What is the Law of Two Feet?

When a par­tic­i­pant finds they are not learn­ing or con­tribut­ing to dis­cus­sion, they must find a dis­cus­sion where they can learn some­thing by tak­ing their “two feet” else­where. Par­tic­i­pants also cross-pollinate ideas by spread­ing dis­cus­sion ideas as they go.

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