Short Form Improv is a series of quick, exciting, and fun games. Each game has its own chance for audience interaction. Think of a game like Pictionary where you know who draws and who guesses.
Most shows at Baltimore Improv Group tackle explore audience suggestion(s) or ideas over the course of several scenes. Each scene is built in the moment without restriction that goes on at such length that it's actually called Long Form Improv.
Luckily for us, we have performer and coach Kim Scarfe (GUS) bringing together some of our cities top performers to compete – not to the death. In the below transcript, we find explore Comedy Deathmatch 3000 and it's producer in the past, present, and future:
Haunted ghost tours in Baltimore seem like a lot of work, going from place to place. In an effort to find a way for my ghosting experience to be a little less active, I talked to Kim Le - one of the creators of an improvised show called GHOST PARTY.
Read on below for a transcript of our conversation:
For many years we’ve relied on media and strangers visiting school assemblies to teach us valuable lessons.
You probably think I’m talking about hiring BIG to visit your school. You might even expect me to plug that we’re a rostered artist with Young Audiences of Maryland. And yes you're right, we total will do a true and actual educational program that visits your school and does an actual assembly. Sure, you could totally hire us!
However!! That’s not what this post is about. This time we're presenting a comedy show in response to all of the adults who taught us valuable lessons as kids. Producer Alexa Sciuto tells us about the show After School Special and the performers of improv team Ready, Set, NO in the below interview transcript.
What is an indie team? They’re performers who – as an independent group – aren’t connected to a theater. It could even be you!!
You get to take the initiative to pick the players you want to play with. Sometimes when your team or project ends a run of shows – or as a students, you end a session of classes – you want to stick together.
Sometimes your practice group or improv jam's great dynamic makes you want to keep playing. Other times, you have an idea for a type of show. You ask around and find a team who wants to try it.
Sometimes the stars align. You don’t even know how it happened.
You get to decide on your own priorities. You don’t have to follow any rules! You can make big comedy choices. Play for drama, genre, or tragedy. You can be a solo act, two people, or bring way too many people on stage to see what happens.
Brian Shea produces The BIG Indie Showcase that helps you put your ideas in front of a crowd. Read the transcript below to find out more.
What is the true nature of time and the universe? I can’t really speak on behalf of the Baltimore Improv Group as an organization or even this blog in any official capacity. Unofficially speaking, I believe the below interview with improviser* Richard Gorelick of team Thick Mints answers this and other questions about the nature of the universe. Especially the part of universe with local public speakers and improvisors*.
Read the below interview transcript for burning answers about interview show BIG Time.
Baltimore Improv Group welcomed Kate Zelensky as a teacher and improviser in September 2017. We’re wishing her well as she skips town later this year, but first! We had a conversation about her time at BIG.
Kate developed many BIG shows including Surprise Party, KZ Irregulars, Romper Room, and When Improv Meets Stand Up.
Sharing her methods, language and tools to many in our community, Kate taught BIG classes such as Evente, Monoscene, Openings and Initiations, and Intro to Game.
Before arriving in the Baltimore area, Kate spent 10 years at the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York City performing with former Harold Night team Sandino, weekend team Airwolf, and taught all levels at the UCBNY training center for 5 years.
Read on for a transcript of our conversation.
Make others look good. This loving maxim lies at the the heart of improv comedy and our Baltimore performing arts community. How do we place ourselves with partners who we can support and who will support us in turn? Impossible you say!
We know someone who does think it's possible! Improviser and improv coach Justin Brashear created a new opportunity for us to come together on the same stage! Just as the earlier paragraph foreshadowed. Justin produces a new show called The Kaleidoscope. Read on for a transcript of our discussion.
Scott Lichtor performs as a talented improv comedy actor. He also created a new show – The NORMAL Show – debuting in October 2018.
When the word normal is mentioned, I wonder why someone has spelled the name Norman wrong. Or perhaps they meant Norma?
While not named either of those names, Scott talked with me about the show in an interview. Read below for the transcript of our discussion:
Like many of you, I'm perusing Eventbrite for a way to avoid household chores. Then I came across the official description of a show at The BIG Theater called Extra Credit: An Improv JAM!
I’m very confused, what is this! So I demanded answers from the show’s producer and host, Barry Wright. This sounds way better than dusting my baseboards. Read on for the transcript of our discussion.
Various BIG members and friends contribute to the blog. Enjoy!