March 22, 2020

Don't let social distancing turn into personal isolation.  Let's get together and practice our craft! 

Since there are SO many people out work right now, I'm doing ALL my workshops as PWYC (Pay What You Can) 

There are workshops for nearly every day of the wee...

January 22, 2020

...And Turns Into A Death-Struggle 

 A handshake is a great way to connect, person to person.

It’s also a good way to pass germs and viruses, but that’s another story.

I found a fascinating article about the history of the handshake on, unsurprisingly, History.com.  Here...

December 11, 2019

Everybody who reads my blog has seen the name Michael J. Gellman A LOT.  That's because he taught me how to teach.  He and Gary Austin gave so much to me; their wisdom yes, but so much of their time! If you wanna study with me, please, please PLEASE...

September 5, 2019

Before I begin, let me clarify the financial relationships between the Comedy Providers and the night-clubs where we do our shows who, for the sake of this blog, I’ll call our Host Partners. 

For the majority of venues where I’ve produced the Comedy Providers keep the t...

August 30, 2019

There was an improv website, years ago, that had a motto similar to this.  For them, it was about marketing your skills... getting out there and showcasing your talent.  For me it put into concise words something I have been trying to teach my actors for years....

July 8, 2019

My partner in all things, Carol Lempert & I recently spent 3 days without screens of ANY kind, so...

  • No cel phones

  • No computers

  • No TV or movies

  • No e-mail

  • And especially… No social media. 

I came to a surprising conclusion. Social media has a po...

May 28, 2019

The word INSPIRE means "to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something, especially to do something creative."  It also means, "to breathe in (air); to inhale."  Breathing & inspiration are connected by more than just...

May 9, 2019

I teach improvisers that we need to tell small, important and meaningful stories. 

I've been teaching improv for a number of decades now and I've seen more than my fair share of bombs being diffused and out of control airliners being landed. I don’t remember a single in...

April 16, 2019

The Notre Dame Cathedral fire isn’t the end of a piece of history. It’s history continuing on its way.

One of my mentors, Peter McKinnon, told us that the history of great architecture closely follows the history of great fires. Churches and theatres start their inevi...

March 14, 2019

we do exercises and games to heighten our observation skills, to be right here; right now.  It's also known as “mindfullness.”

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