The Enigma of Rick Moranis

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Modern comedians can learn a great deal from studying the careers of Rick Moranis and others who crossed from sketch comedy shows into feature films and situation comedies. They must ask themselves whether they want to commit to a basic comedic persona in project after project, even if it means being typecast.

This article isn’t super improv-related, but I like the idea of the above a lot. In the last couple of years performing, I’ve worked out those comic personas that I like to bring, and that others like to see me perform (lot of love for angry, flustered Mike). The ongoing joy of improvisation for me is being able to subvert those expectations – which in turn is a great excuse to expand your own range. In short: keep trying new stuff!