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  • Improvisation on a Personal Note

    August 9th, 2018     No Comments

    In Nathan Heller’s wonderful New Yorker piece “Tribes: The Mixing and Unmixing of San Francisco” (August 6 & 13th), the writer references (today’s new word, kids) “Saeculum.” Saeculum is how the ancient

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  • Monk’s Music and Jazz and Improv

    March 27th, 2017     No Comments

    When I first heard Thelonious Monk’s music, almost every note held a little surprise for my brain. It reminded me of how I felt when I was doing or watching really good improvisational theater. Jazz critic Nat Hentoff described some of Monk’s compositions as

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  • The Ghosts and the Games

    March 13th, 2017     No Comments

    Laughter for a Change led an after school program at Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools’ High School for the Arts. At the beginning of each session, we gave the kids time to just hang out, chill from a long school day, get to know each other better, discuss informally

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  • Picasso Teaches Improvisation

    February 27th, 2017     No Comments

    When Pablo Picasso taught art classes, one of the first exercises he told his students to do was to take pen to paper and draw a perfect circle. All of the students worked hard to impress their teacher. Spoiler alert: there is no way to draw a perfect circle!

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  • 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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