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I wasn’t going to enter this contest. Then I was thinking about what made me happy. My first thought was my dog. I was going to do a whole dog video (which I still might do). I was thinking of walking her, having my friends play with her, jumping around. Jumping around made me think of this improv warm up. You start by shaking one hand and say:
I feel so good like
I knew I would
(you eventually build on this warm up by shaking your other hand, then your hips, then jump around, then do it in different characters, etc…)
This made me really happy. My friend Lex Morales loves this warm up and introduced it to me a long time ago when we were in an improv team in NY. We’re reunited and on a different improv team here in LA and he recently jogged my memory of this awesome warm up.
I think this warm up sums up improv in a pretty awesome way. You play around, you’re free, you make open choices, you don’t have any judgments, you have a lot of fun, you make instant best friends with anyone who joins you. It’s great for group mind, it’s great when you’re sad, it’s improv and it’s you.
There are definite highs and lows in improv. There are people you are going to love and hate. In the end, you’re really only going to remember the good stuff (well, and some really terribly bad stuff that you’ll probably laugh at). That good stuff usually has to do with good friends. Thanks to improv, I have a lot of really cool and awesome friends.
That makes me happy.