As he emphasized recently to one of the classes he now teaches at iO, the audience goes away after a performance but your fellow players remain, and “those are the eyes you have to make sure you can stare into at the end of the evening.”
TJ Jagodowski on the importance of teamwork.
I know this is gonna sound crazy, but I’m asking you to like–no, love the people who you’re doing improv with. What happens to them, especially on stage, should be more important to you than what happens to you. You are a tough, smart, grown-up person who has seen a lot of tough situations. You can take care of yourself if it comes down to it. Your Improv Friends? Give them everything they need! Be their sugar daddies and tell them how they’re never gonna have to scratch and struggle for anything while you’re around. And you know what? They’re gonna love you back for that. They’re gonna trust you and try to give just as much back. If they don’t then you’ll survive, but if they do you both will thrive.
Now, and I’d say for the past ten years I’m so much about the patients and group work, and being able to combine those things of not feeling like you have to invent crazy things to get laughs or try not to go directly for a laugh. It’s all about that collaboration and the patients and being kind and good to each other on stage.
Jeff Griggs on Improv Nerd talking about what he tries to share when teaching improv.
As veteran improvisers, without realizing it, we become severely limited by our own “good” scenic choices, and we start making them all the time. It’s at this point that improv stops being improv, and turns into a party trick. Before making these moves on stage, you may as well turn to the audience and say, “Hey, look what I can do!” while also turning to your scene partner and saying, “Hey, no matter what you say, I’m still going to do this!”