Lesson 21: Writing & Improv

In the last lesson I discussed Set List, the entirely improvised stand-up night. In this lesson, I’m discussing the use of “games” in improvisation - and I’ll consider how improv thinking can be applied to writing material. To recap, at Set List a stand-up only discovers the subjects they are to talk about when they go on stage and they’re flashed up on a screen. At the night I attended, a comic told the audience that he had an idea for a start-up business. He then turned round to discover the topic on the screen. It was “domestic electric chairs”. He then riffed on this as his business idea. What the comedian had here was a game. He knew that whatever the topic he’d frame it as a business i

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