The Price of Bad Customer Service →
ibmsocialbiz: Via visualoop: So why wouldn’t you empower your customer service representatives to go off-script? #improv #hustle
Two Quote Tuesday / What do a toy manufacturer and...
“Play has been man’s most useful preoccupation.” - Frank Caplan “You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” - Plato
More like ROCK Turtle Soup!
I had a blast rocking a workshop for Clemson University’s improv wunderkinds Mock Turtle Soup. They take an annual spring break trip to Chicago to watch shows, learn from <ahem> the best, and generally soak in the Chicago improv scene. Which is frustrating, because what the Fuuuuuu… was I doing at that age? Can you spot the fat old man in the picture below? I can! Thanks...
The MadSkillz Project: A Conservatory for HipHop...
So, I’m teaching this now. Level 1 Sold Out last term. Based on our popular “MadSkillz” elective, this 3-level program trains students in the use of Hiphop in improv comedy. From the actual act of rapping, to the infusion of Hiphop’s characteristic energy confidence into every scene, this program is recommended for improv students with experience in short-form and...
Two Quote Tuesday / What do an ancient Greek...
“No great thing is created suddenly” - Epictetus “Don’t bring a cathedral into a scene. Bring a brick; let’s build together” - Del Close
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Hustle on without it...
I’ve been obsessed, as of late, with efficient packing. I even follow a blog or two dedicated to the subject here on Tumblr. Embarrassingly, I caught myself window shopping for an ultra-light, waterproof rucksack with a several hundred dollar price tag attached. What’s wrong with me?! Oh, yeah, here’s what: A lot of my travel is with my wife and son. Flying with a 13 month-old requires...
Two Quote Tuesday / What do Thoreau and a jazz...
“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness” - Henry David Thoreau “Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.” - Charles Mingus
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DEL!
“Trust…trust your fellow actors to support you; trust them to come through if you lay something heavy on them; trust yourself.”
TWO QUOTE TUESDAY / What do Cameron Diaz and Mark...
“My Dad always used to tell me that ‘if they challenge you to an after-school fight, tell them you won’t wait - you can kick their ass right now.’” - Cameron Diaz “I thoroughly disapprove of duels. If a man should challenge me, I would take him kindly and forgivingly by the hand and lead him to a quiet place and kill him.” - Mark Twain
This is great! Alan Arkin discusses the art of improvisation. Joy Behar is actually thoughtful and informed! A huge thanks to Melissa Cathcart, who was fortunate enough to study improv with the great Alan Arkin.
Creative Kids... →
Awesome. Applies to adults as well. It’s not too late! creativistsociety: “Our world is increasingly filled with play that makes kids passive consumers instead of active creators. Here’s how we can change that.” Article by Frog Design
Check out my visit to the Poor Choices Podcast! We had a lovely time discussing music, improv, music, music, child care, music, improv, and more! As always Matt Owens and Mark Colomb are your hosts. Subscribe on iTunes and never miss a show http://goo.gl/n7cGm. Click here to listen: http://poorchoicesshow.podbean.com/2011/03/04/episode-63-todays-tom-sawyer-jay-olson/ ...
Two Quote Tuesday / What do a physicist and The...
“The boldness of asking deep questions may require unforseen flexability if we are to accept the answers.” - Brian Greene “Bend me, shape me Anyway you want me Long as you love me It’s all right. Bend me, shape me Anyway you want me You got the power To turn on the light.” - The American Breed