They just need a lesson in the difference between play and game. With play, you can do whatever you want. With game, well, there is a structure with rules.
It’s not precious. It’s just play, and get out and do it.
Kevin Scott of Centralia drills it down on Improv Nerd E134.
It’s easy for any improviser to forget, after all the hours logged in classes and on stages in front of audiences, that they once started out as sweaty-palmed students. Whether you’re brand new to improv or you’ve been performing for years, I want to remind you all of the Squirrel in the Garage: the thing that will awaken you to your imaginative side, or the reason you started improv in the first place.