I started these Jams as a way to learn about managing and facilitating improv exercises for a remote audience. This was a selfish act, as in a few weeks I am facilitating a Collaborative Improv workshop for the IA Conference. You should attend by the way.
So when I started, I was worried. How do I translate in person exercises to the digital realm? I had to start somewhere. I chose the Jams.
What is a Jam you ask? An improv jam is basically a musical jam session, but for improv. Players assemble and just have fun for an hour or two. No shows, no formula, just some activities and exercises. And NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.
Wait, I keep missing these!
So the Jams are held weekly on Thursdays at 8PM EDT. Our next session will is Thursday, May 7 at 8PM EDT. Register Here.
April 23 Jam Recap
So, the quick recap of what we played:
- Sentence Waterfall
- Red Ball, Thank You
- Everybody Let’s
- *3-Line Scene
- Third Thought
- Premise Lawyer
- Party Planning (Yes And)
- World’s Worst Disco
- Crazy Eight’s (not played but introduced as a stress reliever)
*Indicates a new activity
This was a fun jam with the five of us. One key lesson. Or rather a reminder. Rule 1 – Everything is True. This translates to say Yes.
When playing Red Ball, Thank You one participant was asked “red ball?” and responded “No”. They were curious what would happen. And I applaud them for the curiosity. But in the case of red ball thank you, saying No ends the game. It ends the fun.
Remember, in improv, everything is true. In work and life, perception is reality and someone’s perspective is their truth. Who are we to deny it?
How can we accept the red ball, and shift it to our frame of mind?
OK, this last time!
Me, again?! OK
I don’t want it but I’ll take it this time.
Red ball, like in life, doesn’t always come when we plan or expect it. But it is our responsibility as improvisers to roll with the punches and see what comes next.
Want to Jam?
Our next session will be Thursday, May 7 at 8PM EDT. You can register here.
If you are part of a team, contact me and we can discuss a 30-45 minute session for your team. I want to offer Improv Jams for free (as much as that is feasible).
Be safe. Practice self care. We are in this together. Reach out to friends and colleagues if you are struggling.
And please, wash your hands.