Tennis or golf

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“See improv like a game of tennis, not golf.” — Patti Stiles, 18th October 2013, W├╝rzburg (DE)

In both tennis and golf players each get a turn to hit the ball. In golf you’re doing your own thing in your own world and only try to do better than your opponent. In tennis however, everything you do is in direct response to what your opponent just did. You cannot play tennis without paying very close attention to your opponent all the time.

Perhaps a more accurate comparison would be ‘a friendly game of tennis’, just to leave out the competitive element altogether.

Act like a sports team

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“Act like a sports team.” — Tim Orr, 18th May 2013, Antwerp (BE)

Tim Orr was explaining how to get create the stage magic our audiences are deserving. I’m sure he’s getting this from his background as a basketball coach.

During the workshop, he would regularly have us do simple ball games and ask us to hit a person on the butt if they did something great. It enforces the team spirit and connection to one another.

Improv is the ultimate team sports after all, isn’t it?