Laughter For A Change
  • The Sanity of The Group Mind

    February 3rd, 2017     No Comments

    “PICK A COLOR, SHAPE OR NUMBER AND YOU CREATE THE SHOW!!” With this simple invitation, Laughter for a Change begins all its “A Dose of Funny” improv shows at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).  Sick kids and their worried parents put

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  • The First Time I Saw Severn

    August 31st, 2016     No Comments

    This past week I saw “Don’t Think Twice,” a movie that lovingly portrays the lives and world of a group of long form improvisers. I liked so many things about the movie, not the least of which was its acknowledgment of the founders of improvisational theater, Viola Spolin,

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  • A Second Look at The Third Thought

    August 1st, 2016     No Comments

    In a recent blog post, I quoted writer/director Adam McKay talking about what he learned from Del Close while working with him in the 1990’s at iO Chicago. Adam said that Del would make you: “… go to your third thought.

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  • L4C @ China Central Television

    June 13th, 2016     No Comments

    A couple years ago I was invited to teach improvisational acting to a company of Chinese actors on China Central Television (CCTV)’s #1 hit comedy. The show’s title, translated from Mandarin, was “Thank the Heavens Above, Thank the Earth Beneath, You Have

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  • The First Joke

    April 16th, 2015     No Comments

    “The mysterious glue that enables millions of humans to cooperate effectively is made of stories, not genes.” Yuval Noah Harari in “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”
    “Sketch and improv gave me a tribe.” Amy

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