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Do you miss your mom’s home cooking? What about your dad’s, you sexist jerk? Either way, Baked by MMDK has got you covered: It’s improv plus free baked goods!*
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is Christy Harrison, Matt Hammond, Dan Hofer, Emily Johnson, Tammy McNeill, Steve Ling and Chris O’Neil
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How I feel when I see my friends KILL IT on national frickin’ TV! Here’s to you, Fun Young Guys!!!
If I ever looked this bangin doing anything I’d do it all the time.
I should note that I am, in fact, the person in the orange shirt in the background of this photo.
Benji and Daddy in their Jammies 8: Benji and I discuss school, friends, and Star Wars.
In a world… Where real life is just like Twitter… One man… will try to figure out how to make his way in the world without going crazy… In less than 140 characters.
Twitter Party. In theaters (not really) and YouTube today.
(Watch this, ‘cause I’m in it!)
This is mostly for my own reminder, but if any other coaches have an opinion about it, feel free to comment. Especially if your comment is, “Duh, that already exists and it’s called X.”
One thing I see in groups that I coach is that people make great choices, but then don’t follow through with the rich implications of the choices they’ve made. For example, in a practice yesterday, one player indicated that they were having problems with mice in their apartment. The other player mentioned that he just happened to have an entire box of mouse and rat traps of various shapes and sizes right next to him. The players then proceeded to use that information on a surface level (“Oh, please, let me try one of those traps.”)
I paused the scene and side-coached, asking the question, “What sort of person just *happens* to not only own a collection of rodent traps, but makes sure he has it at-hand at all times? How does such a person *feel* about catching mice?” This offer opened up a world of character possibilities, but the player seemed blind to them until they were pointed out.
With that in mind, I’d like to try a new exercise based on the Food Network competition show, “Chopped.” In “Chopped,” three chefs are given a surprise basket with various food items, and they must prepare a meal on the spot using the items in the basket in as creative a way as possible. (And the one with the least appetizing meal is eliminated from the competition, but that’s not important to this discussion.)
Anyway, here’s the idea: Two players get up to do a scene. One player is given an imaginary basket. Before the scene begins, the player opens the basket, and the coach or the non-playing members of the team quickly rattle off three things that are in this basket. The player then is given a brief moment to determine exactly what kind of person would possess all of those items. The other player is given no extraordinary endowments, but should play to the top of their ability.
Another way this would diverge from the Food Network show is this: On the show, part of the “fun” is that the items are as absolutely disparate as possible. The idea on the show is to put foods together that no sane person ever would. However, in this improv exercise, I’d encourage the people making the suggestions to try and build related items on those that were previously stated, so as to make a clear character picture.
I’m going to try this at the next practice I coach and see how it goes. ”I happened to have X right here!” is, on the one hand, a lazy initiation. But on the other hand, it’s an opening to a rich world of scenic possibilities.