This quick clip is basically jazz-like, free-form comedic riffing as a warmup... more »
This quick clip is basically jazz-like, free-form comedic riffing as a warmup before a writing session I did in where else but the Improv capital of the world, Chicago!
When I first decided I wanted to go into comedic acting, I was enormously inspired by the screen tests of Jim Carrey for his lead role(s) in "A Series of Unfortunate Events" the movie in 2004. The lightning-fast brilliance and hilarity was unimaginably impressive and impressively unimaginable! Yet it reminded me of my free-form, wild zaniness I naturally exhibited even in kindergarten to make the whole class laugh, bad when I was considered the class clown until adolescence, shyness and awkwardness hit.
I wanted to capture some of this fun on video, and there are plenty of other things like this that I have not and maybe will not upload.
This is like Viola Spolin's teachings at the Improv Olympic and Second City about theater games for the lone solo actor. Being intensely aware and in the moment, totally spontaneous.
Cynthia Szigeti of the famous Improv troupe/school The Groundlings calls this kind of riffing "The ruminating exercise", part of developing a character in a free-form, barely conscious way.
NOTE THE OPENING LITTLE MUSICAL CUE is my rendition of The Daily Show theme-song "Dog on Fire". I can play musical instruments by ear yet I must be the only YouTuber with that talent who DOESN'T showcase it. In fact, I played the opening music for every video in this playlist! Some of which I even wrote. « less