Improv 301 2.0 Week 2: Use Your Uncomfortable Life
2016-05-19, 11:37 p.m.
Previous week here.
This week: again, group scenes!
* Try to think of ideas for scenes when you read newspaper headlines.
Finally, we did some practice--one monologue followed by a group scene based on the monologue. I regret to say that once again my entire group choked and was unable to think of a scene based on the subject matter of a chick's boyfriend getting bombarded with spilled food at a fair--or at least the one guy who did come up with an idea--food fight fashion show--got told it was all his show if he was narrating it and the rest of it couldn't talk. Brian stepped in and started a scene taking place on Thanksgiving when everyone spills on each other. The other group's monologue was on a guy being a crappy military surgery assistant and being yelled at, so their scene was a surgery one where people yelled at each other.
Improv Jam, on the other hand, went really well. At least in the group I was in--the other group had a frightening one based off of a guy wanting a volunteer at the SPCA to kill the puppies. (The guy playing the volunteer had no idea how he was supposed to handle that one, he told me later. I was all, even if it's imaginary puppies I didn't want to watch that.)
I did a monologue about my Jedi powers of being able to be unnoticed on occasion, such as when trying to avoid being called on in class or when there was a creeper in the bead store when I was visiting Jess. (Link?) One guy thought I said "bean store," and I was all, "no, bead store, bean store would be a whole 'nother thing," which turned into....
1. A scene in which bank robbers go in and then make themselves invisible and nobody notices them, a cop comes in and starts taking money, I come in as the manager (and then got caught in a weird position when someone else came in, so I don't know what I was doing), and then a black guy comes in and THEN the cops start trying to arrest people...I forget how he ended that gag, but it was great. (And illustrated a point Brian made in class earlier about how only people of certain groups can make certain jokes.)
2. A scene in a bean store where the employees reveal they are made out of beans and are super creepy and being all "one of us" and "eat the samples." I plugged musical beans a whole lot and then got super creepy...and then the guy turned into a zombie bean person and the scene got even weirder, with one guy trying to get away and I was slowly throwing beans at him. Heh heh heh.
3. I wasn't in this scene (for good reason, hoo boy was I not hopping into that), but it was cracking me up. It starts out with two guys narrating a dog show. Eric bounds out as a basset hound, doing a rather laborious imitation of one, and then the first guy is all, "Let's rewind that back and show it again..." after he does that a few times, the scene cuts to Eric telling the guy that as a Time Master, he can't keep on being a dick like this and making the poor dog do the show over again 300+ times. So naturally this sort of thing kept on happening over and over again....On the one hand, poor Eric. On the other hand, it was evil genius to watch.