Deny the Mistake

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I love mistakes, especially if they’re done right. That’s the most pretentious sentence I’ve ever written, but it’s so true. Some of the best improv that I’ve ever seen has featured brilliant mistakes. And, no, they weren’t Jimmy Fallon-esque scene breaking—though that can be funny for different, less satisfying reasons. They were honest mistakes that…

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Improv Wins Schedule

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Here’s what’s coming up in Austin. Get your tickets now–we tend to sell out! Set/Re-set w/Eric & Katie Comedians do sets of jokes suited for a traditional comedy club. Then, with a little help from the audience and hosts, they’ll re-tell their best jokes with an absurd twist. The New Movement Downtown 616 Lavaca Austin,…

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Interview: Amy Jordan of The New Movement & The Improv Wins Conference

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This weekend is the Improv Wins Conference and Festival in Austin. From this Thursday through Sunday (Jan. 22-25), improvisers from around the world converge on The New Movement Theater to take workshops, perform a ton, and network with their peers.  AustinImprov.com interviewed Amy Jordan, the director of education for The New Movement (TNM) and one of the main…

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“Want to Know,” a novella written by the Austin improv community

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Here’s my Christmas gift to the Austin improv community. It requires a little explanation, though. Back before Facebook assimilated everybody, the forums at austinimprov.com were how the AIC connected and communicated. This included everything from Maestro signups to discussions on improv theory to total silliness. And, like any Internet forum, it had the occasional post…

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Keeping the Hot Spot Hot

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Let me ask you a question. Be honest. When you’re at the movies, all snuggled up with that special someone, seeing “The Expendables 9,” which part of the movie is your favorite: the part where they blow stuff up? Or the part where they talk about blowing stuff up? Chances are you like the part…

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MITCH Week: Calling All Austin Improvisers

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(M) Merlin Works (I) The Institution (T) The New Movement (C) ColdTowne (H) The Hideout Theatre In any given week there are DOZENS of shows happening at the five big theaters/training centers, not to mention troupes producing shows at the University of Texas and other various venues around town. Odds are you’ve been meaning to…

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Improv & the Confidence Gap

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I am not a feminist scholar. But I care about equality for the women in my life and the women of the world. So in that sense, I’m probably a feminist. Right? I’m also a woman who’s chosen a career in the male-dominated field of information technology (IT). And my hobbies—comedy, sports, beers—leave me hangin’…

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3 Ways to Amplify Your Improv

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I’ve been watching and performing a lot of improv lately, and I’ve noticed some naughty trends emerging—both in my own play and in others. I think much of our improv education is about repetition—reminding ourselves, time and again, of the fundamentals, so that we don’t drift too far from them. So here are some reminders: #1…

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Kevin Miller of “History Under the Influence”

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dinEvery Thursday in May, the headlining show at The Hideout Theatre is History Under the Influence. The premise of this show is simple enough: a narrator, played formidably by Austin improv veteran Mr. Kevin Miller, spends the afternoon getting drunk on whisky and beer, and then he describes a historical event or two. A team of…

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