Hitch Hiker can be a character exercise, an environment exercise, or even a handle. The exercise usually involves two players, one driver and one passenger in a mime car. Both players have distinct characters that include: movement, sound and want. They will engage in conversation until they notice a hitch hiker and pull over to pick the character up. The player’s that were in the car already slowly transform their characters to match the character of the hitch hiker.
Each clump of players is endowed with the name of a whimsical machine that does not exist. Each player makes up a component of the machine. The first player will mime a repetitive action and possibly add a noise as well. The next player in will mime a repetitive action that complements the previous one. This continues until all the players have created a finely mimed machine.
An environment is called out at the beginning of the exercise. A player comes on stage and mimes one object in the environment. The following players will engage with every mime object in the environment before adding one object herself. So the first player gets it easy. However the fifth player would have to use engage all four of the previously mimed objects in before adding her one object.