Comedy Improv

What is Comedy Improv?

Comedy improv is making it up as you’re going along and we have countless games that can help add structure to this creative craft. We can also make it useful in your business. In a sense Improv is one of the purest forms of creation as there is no element of judgment. The central tenet is to accept what your improv partner has said and build on it. This is known as “Yes and …”, the first rule of improv.

When we immerse ourselves in this world we unconditionally accept the reality that is being created. We are immediately collaborating and building ideas without getting caught up by questioning the ideas as they emerge.

When can improv be useful?

Improv is useful in many circumstances such as:

  • Building a team – Improv is first and foremost a lot of fun. We can use it as a way of getting into a Flow state and building a team’s morale
  • Sidestepping assumptions – During improv the participants will accept the reality they have built without questioning. This can aid a group in sidestepping assumptions
  • Abandoning biases – Similarly improv allows the participants to abandon biases, or even explore biases they may not hold
  • Exploration – Improvising scenes can help in exploring a problem, issue or opportunity in a safe environment
  • Saying Yes and… encourages active, and often, empathic listening in the workplace
  • Allowing the participants to abandon any limitations and really shoot for the moon
  • Improv can involve prototyping and playing out scenarios to uncover deeper learning about your subject
  • Helping us explore our responses to emergency situations and improve strategies

Don’t just take our word for it, this article in the Harvard Business Review details how improv can be used to unite your team.

There is no limit in improv and there is also no limit to the uses we can find for it, get in touch to book your bespoke improv workshop

Improv in the Workplace

Improv can seem like an intimidating exercise but in reality we do it all the time. Whenever we have a conversation or something unexpected comes up our responses are improvised.

The world we create when we improvise in our workshops offers a safe space to try out ideas, test responses to situations, play with language and uncover opportunities we didn’t know existed.

In Gamechangers, Mike Bonnifer refers to the elements of cosmetic meaning that we bring to many of our business meetings and improv allows us to strip that away.

Our workshops provide the structure that participants need in order to allow useful meaning to emerge from improv rather than chaos.