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Level 3 Longform: Week 1 Copy

Instructor: Nick Cutelli

Attendance: Kyra, Vanessa, Katherine, Will, Kelly, Dan, Jami, Hannah, Tom, Zoe(y) drop in

Admin: Signed conduct forms and got student IDs


  • Today’s The Day
  • Don’t ask questions, give details and gifts instead
  • RELATIONSHIPS are what matter, build the scene around the relationship, not an unseen object, or the activity happening, don’t talk about someone who isn’t there
  • Be an actor
  • If you swipe or get the suggestion → Start the scene! Don’t leave the stage blank


  • Improvising since 2009, also a stand up
  • Improv Style – strong energy, go quickly, be funny, don’t dangle
  • Goal: FUNNY
  • Let scenes develop
  • Focus and give your attention, know when the scene is done

Warm Up

  • Zip Zap Zop
  • Pass/point memory and listening game
    • Passed Name, Fruit, and Colors concurrently
    • Key takeaway to listen to everything happening onstage, make the eye-contact
  • Walking around the room to stop and re-start walking as a collective, in unison
    • Key takeaway to use peripherals to really take in everything happening on the “stage”

Today’s The Day (TTD)

  • Tell the audience and your partner everything right up top, don’t leave them with questions – who, what, why, where 
  • “Ms name, I’ve got your medical records here” establishes
    • Dr patient relationship
    • Location at dr office
    • Discussing medical records 
  • Don’t ask questions, instead give your partner the gift of all the information and details
  • Drive the scene, don’t start with ambiguous object work or waiting a long time to establish the scene
  • Not “playing” the scene but rather “building” the scene with all the details


  • Two lines, one initiates TTD style, other reacts and builds scene

Set Up

  • Details! 
  • Not “a store” it is “a Walmart in Alabama”
  • Not “a soda” it is a “Mountain Dew”


  • Start with generic object/location and everyone add detail


  • Always be thinking about how the information in the scene is impacting the relationship
  • Tell the audience why whatever is happening is a big deal, what does it mean to the relationship
  • Sitcoms are all successful in the relationship of the characters (e.g., cheers)


  • Hostage, 2 improvisers back to back can’t look at each other to make a scene about the relationship, giving Today’s The Day
    • Scene examples: 
      • Family traditions and earning a seat at the table
      • Having what it takes to be a “regular” at the fruit store
      • Man seeing death all around him to feel closeness
      • Individual acting up at work to get the attention of her friend that got her the job
  • It is okay to have an ABC family moment as long as you are also hitting the funny in the scene
  • Takeaways
  • Be an actor
  • Make the scene about the relationship
  • React/Respond/Listen
  • Not “playing” the scene, but rather “building” the scene with all the details
  • Pauses are fine in a scene as long as we have made clear to the audience and our scene partners where we are going, makes the pause not concerning


  • Inner monologue, stepping out to tell the audience what our objectives or true feelings are in a scene
    • Scene examples: 
      • Pie Inspectors
      • Art class money making scheme
      • Kidnapped daughter
  • Adding interest by changing your objective in a scene, taking someone else’s objective, “pimp” someone into admitting their objective within the scene

Montage with all we learned

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