- Monday 4/14 : Second Week of AOI w/ TF
This was Week Two of the Art of Improv with Think Fast! where we covered initiation and character work by concentrating on the opening of the scene, the Monday night students were building scenes that were completely functional, ready to play, and still “had legs” as we call it. Rather than being one-off jokes, these scenes still had room to grow. While the students were only concentrating on defining themselves, their partner, and how they felt, incidentally and organically they were creating callbacks, running jokes, and recurring characters. It was really impressive to see improvisers with less than four hours of training literally leaping into new and unexplored characters, exploring topics strange and alien to the improviser themselves.
- Wednesday 4/16: Sketch Filming for Someplace Classy
Someplace Classy is our sketch video production side, also named after the apartment of the three founders of Think Fast! While we are improvisers and live to make things up, we realized living with a bunch of improvisers we tend to have several if not a lot of “What if?” scenarios through our conversations. Many of our sketches are inspired from real conversations that we’ve had before.
This last Wednesday, we filmed a fun sketch that our improv pals are sure to enjoy. We just have to get two last scenes in and the David can begin his editing magic.
Thursday 4/17: Drop-In Improv Class: The Beauty of Failure
Failure is terrifying. It is unacceptable, wrong, weakness, and the kind of exposure of your capability as a human that we are all trained to avoid. Our last class, I had several new students and the one thing I kept coming back to was the beauty of failure in improv. I think it’s especially important for people new to improv to understand this and how wonderful it can be. While there are definite guidelines in improv on scene work, character development, story, and whatnot, if an improviser cannot get over the idea that failure is unavoidable then the improviser is only making more work for him/herself.
The improviser will only be focused on their work, their image, their performance. With this mentality of judgment, it limits their vision in the scene for the story, their partner, and the opportunities of the moment. When a player accepts the possibility of failure and welcomes it, even celebrates it, the sense of freedom is visible in the performer. Especially when everyone is aware that with failure everyone on the team is there to support the living daylights out of it.
When everyone fails, it looks intentional, and becomes a success. It becomes the norm, and is no longer a failure.
So as I was saying, this last class we did? It was fun to introduce improv to students who had never tried it. It was fun to see them slowly let loose and at the end have dropped their fears of judgment and failure. It was just a joy to hear them be surprised at themselves and walk out of class more confident.
Saturday 4/19: Cancer Isn’t Funny Charity Show for St. Baldrick’s
Saturday, our friend Patrick Tyrell invited Think Fast! to be part of Camouflage Comedy’s Cancer Isn’t Funny Comedy Show. It was a benefit for St Baldrick’s to raise money for cancer research. We got to share the stage with more than a dozen of Honolulu’s best stand-up comedians, including our good friends and fellow improvisers Anthony Silano and Jose Ver, Chad Wago from the Guys With Issues Podcast, 105.9 KPOI’s Jose Dynamite, and Shane and Niko from Awkward Science. Think Fast’s own Joseph Lewis did a great set and jumped straight into hosting our 20 minute set along with John. This was hands down the best experience I’ve had with the much dreaded bar-prov. The crowd was super supportive and having a ton of fun, even the people in the back. All together the show raised over $1450 for cancer research. Thanks again to Patrick for putting the show together and letting us be a part of it!
Sunday 4/20: Happy Easter!
Stay tuned to see the video of James and David eating way too much Easter candy!