Empiricist. Lyricist. Beatboxer and Freestyler with NYC's Hip Hop Debate crew; the city's finest in nerdcore rap. I also DJ and tech for Musical Megawatt, Tuesday nights at the Magnet Theater (as DJ NaturalOne).
Good advice for your improv scenework, too!
1. You had a great initiation about your character being IN SPAAACE! Your scene partner put you at the DMV. Pitch a fit, or have fun with the idea?
2. If your scene partner says something you don’t like or you don’t get, don’t hesitate to call them on it! Chances are, you’re not the only one thinking that way…
3. OMG HOTSPOT. Just commit, people. It’s much more fun if you focus on having fun and being really present than if you struggle to remember the words exactly. Can’t sing? Can’t remember the words? NO PROBLEM! Whatever you come up with will probably make as much sense as the original…
Commitment goes a long way in a scene. Nothing derails things faster than when someone doesn’t believe in a scene or thinks “this is stupid.”
4. If you find yourself lost in a scene, don’t be afraid to ask what the heck is going on (in character, even). If you don’t get it, there’s a chance the audience doesn’t get it, either. And, as long as it doesn’t take you out of the scene, you should always be asking yourself why you and your teammates are doing what they’re doing. The more you play with people, the more automatic and unconscious this becomes, so don’t worry too much.
Most importantly, have fun! A lot of improv training is just removing the blocks and undoing all the “learning” we’ve done since we were kids. Be honest, be natural, and be present in the scene, and you just might find yourself going beyond the laughter into creating a truly memorable moment on stage!
Join us on December 28, 2013 for the Museum’s 35th annual Kwanzaa celebration!
Kwanzaa is based on harvest festivals celebrated in Africa, and the event will include dance, stories, and other activities inspired by these celebrations and African traditions. This year, performers will include The Supremes from the Broadway show Motown the Musical, Oscar-nominated IMPACT Repertory Theatre, Ugandan poet Emilia Ottoo, storyteller Linda Humes, and filmmaker MK Asante with his landmark film The Black Candle: A Kwanzaa Celebration, narrated by Maya Angelou.
Photo Credit: Justin Kiernan Byrne
Hip Hop Saturdays are The Last Sat of every month! Come see us tear it up on the stage at The People’s Improv Theater!
Next show is this Sat at 8pm, Nov 30th!
Get ready to rock with the North Coast and openers Happy Karaoke Fun Time (with DJ yours truly)!
pour it out
rub it into their skin,
and try to wear us
like they know what we about.
it’s only ever gonna be a suntan.
ain’t neva gonna be black."
imitation as flattery is getting old, it’s called appropriation, nayyirah waheed (via sad-dress)