Friends and Enemies

Wherein we damn politeness and name names. These are (some of) the friends and enemies of good improv:

Your Best Friends:

Simplicity
Specificity
Directness
Generosity
Looking like a fool
Losing
Playing a villain
Playing a hero
SILENCE
Slowness
Letting the moment breathe
Chilling out (as the improviser) and letting your character freak out

Your Enemies:

Politeness
Rushing
Freaking out (as the improviser) and making your character calm down
Looking Cool
Defending
Being Cool
Protecting your character from harm
Protecting your character from losing
Protecting your character’s feelings
Never shutting up
Characters without ambition
Characters without wants
Characters without names
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Embrace your friends. Eradicate your enemies.

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