I love the reactions I get when I tell people I’m taking an Introduction to Improvisational Comedy class.
Some people have no idea what I’m talking about. I tell them that it’s “Who’s Line Is It Anyway” for rank amateurs.
Other people sort of grimace. (That’s pretty much the end of the conversation.)
A few people respond with, “That sounds like fun!”
Some people want to know “Why?”
And if they’re people who know me well, they say, “You?”
But by far my favorite reaction was from someone who knows me really well and asked, “They haven’t kicked you out for swearing?”
So here are my answers:
1) If you’re not familiar with “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?” just pop it into YouTube and laugh.
2) Grimacing people should lighten up.
3) “Sounds like fun!” people should try a class of their own, because I can almost guarantee you’ll have a good time.
4) For those who ask “Why?”:
Because it’s fun and is a weekly appointment to laugh.
Because I moved to a city where I didn’t know anyone and I thought it would be interesting to meet people who don’t take themselves too seriously.
Because I like learning new things and taking on challenges that force me to grow…or die. I really did think the anxiety might kill me the first class.
Because it’s good to have interaction where characters (also known as strange things called “people”) don’t behave the way I command them to. (Believe me, if you spend all your time telling imaginary people what to do, you start to think you should be able to do the same with real live human beings.)
5) For those who say “You?” with a mixture of awe and certainty that I’ve officially lost my mind:
Yes, me. The woman who can go to an Introverts’ Anonymous Meeting (also known as a writers conference) and be told, “You’re the quietest person I’ve ever met.” MORE THAN ONCE.
And yes, me. The person who can’t start writing a book unless she knows exactly how it ends and who’d MUCH rather make plans than do anything spontaneously, is willingly partaking in an activity where we’re constantly being reminded “Don’t think too much”.
6) As for the swearing bit…I literally curse my head off in the car rides to and from class, kind of like a pressure-valve. (Yes, I do it with my windows closed.) But yeah, I sometimes find it hard to get a line out, because I’m trying so hard not to curse.
So those are some of the reasons why I decided to take the class. Next week I’ll talk about what I’m learning in it. (It’s probably not what you think!)
Tell me Killer Friends: Do you watch Improv? Have you ever tried it? Do you too think I’ve lost my mind?