Famous people talk Improv

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Famous Folk Talk Improvisation

Some of your favourite performers got their start with Improvisation. Here’s what some of them have to say. (Thanks to Susan for some of these Links)

Amy Poehler - "Improvisation is truly dangerous" Her thoughts about Improvisation is like the millitary.
Check it out here - 

Amy Poehler

UCB, SNL, Parks and Rec

Seth Rogen - "Improvisation is not a skill held by everyone". Jokes vs. Story - The improviser thinks about how to move the story forward. Great improvisers are writers and not just actors.
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Seth Rogen

Superbad,40Year Old Virgin

Colbert and  Keegan - About teaching improvisation - "Reveal to them what they can already do." These two chat about their improvisation beginnings some teaching and the movie.
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Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Tina Fey does her best to teach Dave Letterman some basic improvisation.  And Tina goes over some more basics during a Google talk.
Check it out here -         -      And her second clip HERE

Tina Fey

SNL, Bossy Pants, 30 Rock

Colin Mocherie - "I've also seen a lot of long-form that can get a bit wanky and precious.  I enjoy long-form if it can be entertaining. I became an improviser because I don't like to work."
Check it out here -         -      And a second clip HERE      -  And Colin doesn't like to sing here.    -   And how he began in Vancouver.      -    OK. One more.

Colin Mocherie

Whose Line is it Anyway

Matt Walsh - "Use your life experience. You know enough. Just react as you would in that situation.  IF YOU ARE TRYING TO BE FUNNY, THAT'S WHEN YOU GET INTO TROUBLE."
Check it out here -  

Matt Walsh


Steve Carrell - Listening and Laughing while in a scene.
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Steve Carrell

SNL, The Office, Despicable Me

Keegan Michael Key - "Jump off the cliff and figure it out on the way down. Walk backwards and gain perspective."
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Keegan Michael Key

Key and Peele, Rick and Morty

Alan Alda - His career has taken on Improvisation in a different way than most celebrities.  Alan Alda has explored Improvisation and developed his own system to work primarily with scientists.
Check it out here -   And here's a clip about Impro-Empathy

Alan Alda

Mash, 30 Rock

Jason Sudeikis - His "doctorate in improvisation" came from his love of basketball. "At the end of the day, you gotta get out there and do it."
Check it out here - 

Jason Sudeikis

SNL, The Last Man on Earth

If you have a favourite that’s not here, let us know so we can share it with everyone.


ShawnKinley · August 26, 2021 at 12:55 pm

Glad you liked it. 🙂

Improv people - Consultants' Consultant · August 4, 2021 at 9:41 pm

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