LACE

Everyone loves to hate acronyms. Learn Improv's acronym for every offer is LACE. Listen, Accept, Commit, Expand. Offers What is an offer? An offer is most commonly described as a verbal statement made by a player onstage. For example, "Here is an apple" is an offer. It may be accompanied by … Continue reading

Less Is More

Most improvisers get their laughs from things that they say. We get hooked on saying witty things that make people laugh. The early symptom of this is saying funny things on stage instead of  "saying things funny." Getting laughs is usually what hooks someone into verbal diarrhoea, but some … Continue reading

Listening

Listening takes place on four levels in improvisational comedy. Scenically players have to be listening to the physical environment. If they are not listening to the mime, they walk through walls and tables. Listening to the words are crucial, the humour of 'mishearing' things only goes so far. The … Continue reading

Accepting

Accepting has a very special term in improvisational theatre. Accepting is predicated by listening, and means that one character has incorporated what another character has created on stage. The most common reason that characters fail to accept is because the actor portraying them is not listening. … Continue reading