Category: improv

  • Tragedy Tomorrow . . .

    Comedy tonight (Tuesday, August 18, 2009). For some free entertainment, come to ComedySportz Houston, 901 Town & Country Blvd., at 7:30 to my improv 201 class perform along with a stand-up comedy class. Cash bar (beer and wine).

  • Lethal Generosity in the Legal Profession

    Criminal defense trial lawyering integrates technology, telecommunications and social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio. This interaction, and the manner in which information is presented, depends on the varied perspectives and “building” of shared meaning among communities, as people share their stories and experiences. Right? I scavenged the definition from the […]

  • Improv, Trial, and Politics

    From a 2007 interview with improvisational comedy teacher Keith Johnstone: GM: And you won’t be nervous. KJ: No. Why should I be nervous? So I can screw up? If you can’t screw up, you have to be nervous. I can’t win them all. Usually it goes fine. But the one thing I mustn’t do is […]

  • Improvisational Blogging II

    I still haven’t gotten to the inevitably brutal Problem of the Working Class post (using the words or phrases “pull yourself up by the bootstraps”; “economic expansion in the service sector”; “a symbolic border wall is the best solution”; “I agree wholeheartedly with Lou Dobbs and Pat Buchanan”; robber barons; the productivity wedge; debt; Scandanavia; […]

  • Lanyard Nation

    The last time I had an ID on a lanyard was the summer of 1988, when I was working at CIA’s Office of Technical Services and had a green badge that had to be exposed at all times at work. For reasons that are perhaps obvious, I would remove the badge and lanyard when I […]

  • Mindfulness

    In Keith Johnstone’s Impro for Storytellers he relates: “A Japanese swordsman wrote that if you fight someone who has no plan, you’ll be thinking, I’ll do such and such! as your severed head bounces down the temple steps!” (Then Johnstone adds, “(Well, he didn’t put it exactly like that.)”) Johnstone is talking about how being […]