Improvisational Comedy (or improv) involves developing scenes with other players, totally unscripted. As the scenes progress, comedy naturally emerges from them. I’ve written about how improv can help increase your confidence in another post.
In this post, we’ll look at how improv can help you be like a child again. Why would you want to be like a child again? Well children know how to have fun! Unfortunately, as adults, the joys of childhood can often seem like long distant memories. Read below, to find out how improv can help do deal with this:
Kids have the ability to say what they think and feel. They will be inquisitive and ask questions without worrying about being judged.
The beauty of improvisation is that you just say whatever comes to your mind. You re-learn the ability to speak your mind, rather than constantly worrying whether what you say will be liked and accepted by others.
Youngsters are masters at creating experiments. For instance an adult will use a straw to drink from a glass. A kid on the other will blow into the straw and be fascinated at the bubbles that form.
When you improvise, you’re proactive and use your words, body and your physiology to build upon what another player has just said and/or done with his/her body. By taking action, you’re allowing new insights to emerge, which help to continue a scene.
Have you ever had a child observe you do something and then repeat what you’ve done, exactly? I certainly have. Kids are brilliant observers and modellers.
In improv, you develop the ability to be a highly skilled observer, watching carefully the words and actions that your fellow players are presenting. This is critical as it will enable you to make your contributions to a scene.
It is often said that a child’s brain is like a sponge. It just absorbs new information and ideas constantly and makes connections with existing ideas to assimilate new knowledge. Kids therefore, are highly adaptable to new ideas.
When you improvise, you never know what words or actions your fellow players will put your way. By taking in new ideas and thoughts from your partners, you learn to adapt to new situations and circumstances.
Kids love to play. They play with their toys and with their friends. When a youngster smiles and laughs after an activity, you know he/she has enjoyed it.
When you create scenes on the spot, and build upon words and statements that your fellow improvisers have presented to you, it is fun. Humour will naturally arise and your spirits will, too!
Embrace what is new
When kids learn, they welcome in new ideas and approaches. Initially, there is no right or no wrong for them.
In improv, you learn to accept new thoughts and ideas without fear, because it is an opportunity for you to practice improv in its purest form, as new perspectives will help to enhance your scene and make it even more spontaneous.
My friends, it’s over to you:
• In what other ways can improv help us to be childlike?
• What other activities do you do those are not related to improv, and help you to be like a joyful child?
• Please share your valuable views, thoughts and experiences in the comments box below.
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