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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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  • Two People Talking

    August 27th, 2010     No Comments

    On March 3, 1999 I got a phone call from Charna Halpern, co-founder with improvisational theater visionary Del Close, of iO Improv.  She told me that Del, our dear friend, was on his deathbed and that I “should come to Chicago right away.”

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  • Playing Fifty

    May 17th, 2010     No Comments

    I do an improv warm-up exercise called “Age Walk.” As the players move randomly around the stage, I start to call out different ages, side coaching as the actors play themselves at age – three, then six, then twelve,

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  • Improvising Kids

    April 5th, 2010     No Comments

    It is so predictable the way most people who are “doing improv” will play children. They immediately start arguing and whining in fake “kid talk” playing annoying, dumb and argumentative, spewing conflict and denial all over the stage.

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  • The Del Close Improv Marathon

    August 20th, 2009     No Comments

    This past weekend I was in New York City for the 11th Annual Del Close Improv Marathon at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre. It was 72 hours round the clock of “long form” improv presented at five different venues

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