Improv comedy has nothing to do with being funny. No joke! In fact, if you try to be funny, chances are you’ll fail. Really, improv is about welcoming the moment. In this instant, in this context, how can we find humor? In this scene, in this story, where can we spread joy? If we are really listening, there is always joy.
Improv is about noticing what is around us and choosing to see it in a way that lifts our spirits (and the spirits of our audience members). And in no way is this philosophy limited to the stage!
Notice the world around you. Take it in. And now, as if out of nowhere, start laughing. Hysterically! Start chuckling and belly-jiggling. Start smiling as though your favorite comedian took center-stage. I’ll join in!
And observe. Was there actual humor in the moment? A joke that came to mind or a story you recalled? Perhaps you were laughing at me telling you to laugh at nothing. Maybe you found humor in the fact that you actually listened to this crazy advice, or you rejoiced in the juxtaposition of your laughter with absolute silence.
Whatever the reason, keep laughing. Keep smiling. And you will never see that room or that moment without joy again.
© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.