Sunday, October 25, 2020

Improv Teaches You To Be Specific and Descriptive

Whether writing a book, screenplay, a scene for a movie or a station promo, there's one rule of thumb that always work. It also applies to improvisational theater and radio performance. The first lesson...

Personalities: Got Game? Here’s How To Get it

You know the feeling. The break should be wrapping up, yet it's drifting aimlessly, desperate for closure. It's time to be over, but how to get out? So it keeps going. And going. Now...

How to Help a Cohost Tell a Story

Some personalities are better storytellers than others. But everyone becomes a better storyteller when they have help from an enthusiastic and supportive audience. That's why it's important to be a good partner and help...

What Improv Can Teach Radio Shows About Teamwork

There is an old saying about a chain being as strong as the weakest link. Each link is important, but only when working together to strengthen the chain. Performers on improv teams are like...

Active Listening and Free Association

Aside from being a genuinely likable person, the most important quality an air personality can master is the ability to respond spontaneously. Being truly in the moment as an active listener will help advance a...

Performance Basics: Trust Your Partner

Remember the creepy snake in “The Jungle Book”? The snake who sang “Trust in me” looked exactly like someone that should absolutely, under no circumstances, be trusted. You probably have worked with someone like...

Improv Games That Will Improve Your Performance

Anyone who has performed with a team of improvisational actors will appreciate the timing and skill required to respond spontaneously in the moment. The good groups work as a team to take advantage of...

How To Use Mistakes As a Positive

In Improv, the primary rule is to always move the story forward. But it's not always perfect because people are imperfect. Great performers learn to use mistakes as a tool to entertain. In this article,...

Listen and Respond: The Spirit Of Improv and Personality Radio

What is the most important trait of an air personality? The answer: It's being likable. Genuinely likable. A spirit of likability transcends everything else. Likable people are good-natured. That's also the spirit of improv....

Be a Better Personality: Always Say Yes

  Sometimes it feels like the solution to finding new, original talent to become the next radio superstars will come from improv. In working with shows, I find myself applying many improv skills, especially the...

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When Stunts Go Wrong

Regardless of best intentions and detailed planning, sometimes things don't go according to plan. When promotions or stunts go wrong, listeners remember. And it...