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Copyright © 2018 by Nello Bottari


 1.   Someone must start the improv scene by saying something.

 2.   Each actor should use their imagination to the best of their ability to contribute to the           scene in a cooperative way.

 3.   It is advised that the actors employ the “Say Yes” improv technique to propel progress           and development of the scene as long as possible.

 4.   “Going along” with what the other actor said—responding in the affirmative—usually             stimulates the presentation and extends the scene more easily.

 5.   Do not talk over each other. Resist the urge to “chatter”; the audience won’t be able to           hear anything that’s being said. Feel perfectly free to pause and allow each moment to           happen and be “digested” by the audience.

 6.   While these improvisation exercises are usually comedic, it is not imperative to “be                 funny”.

 7.   However, if the actors wish to be humorous, it is advised that they actually try not to be         funny—just be their natural selves.

 8.   Being natural and honest—moment-to-moment—in an improvisation, usually results in         the best scenes.

 9.   You—reacting naturally—without thinking too much—are more entertaining than any           forced characterization!

10.  Stay calm! Be cool! Have fun!