Thinking about auditioning for ComedySportz! We’d love to have you come and give it a try. Many of our players have been involved in and performing improvisation for years, but they didn’t start knowing how to be a great improviser. Many of us just tried out because we thought the it would be fun. And it was! So much so that we made the team, and have been experience oodles, and oodles of fun performing and being a part of the ComedySportz
Here are a few tips that can assist in your efforts when auditioning!
1) Be present! Think of improv auditions like a musical jam session and just go with the flow. When you try to force the music it never sounds right, but when you just let it happen, it’s pure nirvana! Well do that. Let it happen by being present!
2) Don’t force the funny! Please, please, please, don’t try to be funny! It’s never funny when you try to force the funny. It comes across as “LOOK AT ME I’M FUNNY!! NOW LAUGH!” If that happened in a ComedySportz show, the audience (“Loyal Fans”) would cross their arms and become defensive or defiant. The funniest things happen, when you are not “forcing” the funny. Stay out of your mind. Thinking of the next thing to say while in a show, instead of simply responding, is writing script. And in going to your mind, you often do not hear what is actually happening and by the time you add the your line of thought, the line you just scripted in your head, the moment has passed, and it’s no longer going to be funny.
3) Support the players with whom you are working. Make them shine more than you want to shine. Make ‘em look marvelous! The auditioners always notice team work.
4) Fail! Don’t be afraid to fail. If you do, enjoy the moment. Generally, when a mistake happens in the show, the audience laughs. It tends to be comedy gold. So, accept it, embrace it, let it happen, and continue. If you act like it was a mistake, if you have that look of “failure” or “sorry” on your face shake it off, otherwise, it comes across as “I’m not good enough” and of course, you are.
5) HAVE FUN!!!!
We’ve been busy loyal fans, that’s for sure. We’re looking at new locations and places for the new and improved improv theatre and would love your input. We have a survey we’ll be sending out to you in a couple weeks, and your feedback of where we’ll be and what we’ll offer is very important to us. We hope you’ll take a few minutes to fill out our survey and help us help you.
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In the mean time, here is a brief update from us, and a reminder to think about booking your corporate training, programs, and holiday entertainment with us. It might sound like it’s a bit too early to think of those December parties, but believe you me, it will be here before you know it!
Read on, and enjoy!
Lessons Of Laughter
Who doesn’t like to laugh? Did you know we retain more information when humor is injected into educational programs?
Not only that, but we are more creative when we play; when we stop focusing on the matter at hand, step away, and engage is playful activities.
Isn’t it funny that it was Shakespeare that wrote “The play’s the thing”, meaning the performance, and yet what a wonderful double entendre. It might seem trivial, but the art of play really is the thing!
Improvisers know this all to well. Improv isn’t the art of being silly, but the art of play, communication, teamwork, and creativity. Over the years we’ve worked with 100’s of companies providing creative and innovative programs that focus on their needs. Lessons Of Laughter and ComedySportz offers corporate programs, training, keynote presentations, and presentation coaching.
Book Entertainment for that Holiday Party!
One year, during a party for one particular company, the president of the company volunteered to perform in one of the improv games we play. Everyone, including the president, thought he was going to be toast and that the improvisers would make him the laughing stock of the show. Oh contraire!
Improvisation focuses on making the other person, our partners, look good, and THAT is EXACTLY what happened! The show was a great success, the president and all the employees enjoyed a memorable night of laughter, and, although we can not confirm this, we think the person that hired us got a huge raise. We’re just sayin’.
Our ComedySportz show or Christmas Carol Show is available this holiday season. Contact us at 804.266.9377 for more information.
Thanks again Loyal Fans for your support! Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about our new location. If you want to make a crazy huge, say $10,000, contribution, we’ll be more than happy to let you see our shows for free for a week or two.
All kidding aside, if you do wish to make a contribution, be involved as volunteers, or contribute information that can help us improve our next theatre, we will gladly appreciate your support.
Loyal Fans we have entered the blogging world! We know what you’re thinking, WHAT!
Well, we want to use this forum to inform our fans of what is and will be happening in our future as it unfolds. We hope you’ll stay tuned for the next chapter of our story.
As of March 28 2009, we have closed the theatre. We want to thank all of you that come out to see our shows during the last few months. The last weekend, according to many of the performers and fans was EPIC. The performers and the staff, have made the ComedySportz Improv Theatre an amazing performance venue for the Richmond Community. Personally, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for their ability, dedication and professionalism, and wish to thank them all for their outstanding performance and service. And to you, our loyal fans, thank you from the bottom of our funny bone for all the support you have given us over the years. To you we offer a standing ovation!
At this point we are collecting our restaurant and theatre belongings to ready ourselves for our online auction that will be provided by At Your Bidding. If you’re in the market for restaurant items, or are interested in collecting memorabilia you might want to visit the auction and place your bids.
What’s next…well…we’re lining up our Kids Camp Programs and will be launching all the dates and information in the next newsletter. If you are not receiving our newsletter please add your information to our contact us page.
Also, we want to remind our fans that though we do not have a theatre we are still available for hire. We can come to you and perform our show. Over the past 13 years we’ve performed for 100’s of different clients from Acushnet to VA Lottery, Churches to Hotels, and from the Mountains to the Beaches. If you have an upcoming event and are looking for entertainment that you know is a sure hit, please contact us.
Remember, we provide teambuilding seminars! Not only is improv a great way to refresh your team and communication skills, it is also a great way to reduce stress, and increase presentations skills.
Please check back with us to find out what happening. If you would like follow me on Twitter for the latest braking news in real time. We may not be sure of what’s coming next, but much like our performances we will be ready for the next offer with a Yes And attitude!
In the meantime Loyal Fans, help support Richmond Theatre and Arts. Explore some of the great entertainment this city has to offer! This city is rich and diverse in the arts. Support your local Theatre…go see a show this weekend.
Till next blog entree…remember don’t run with scissors!