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SXSW Interactive 2015

2 Girls Are Crying & I'm Not: Improv In Any Career

Improvisational comedy is the single best preparation for your 9 to 5 job. Period. Without any doubt, learning the basics of improv comedy has made me a better worker, friend, son, daughter, and lover. And it'll do the same for you.

I wasn't the class clown, am not trying to make it to SNL, and don’t perform on stage anymore. I'm actually on the business side of advertising, not the creative end. But that’s the point.

Today, formal education and training teaches you the "what." It's about knowing the content and right answers. But the basics of improv comedy teach you the "how."

Let's face it. For many of us today, work is trial by fire, and any instruction manual is long gone. By repurposing conflicts and negativity as opportunities, we create constant unexpected successes. Anyone applying the basics of improv comedy to their job completely changes how they deal with people and problem solving on a daily basis.

And it willl restore hair growth and make you taller.

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  1. Why are the basics of improv comedy more valuable than any formal education?
  2. I’m not funny. How will improv comedy help me?
  3. Our presentation easel fell over, the PowerPoint isn’t working, and the whole room feels awkward. What now?
  4. What is the #1 rule for any sort of ideation or brainstorming session?
  5. Improv is just about making stuff up and the whole point is there are no rules. Why isn't it just about winging it?



Dan Killian, Account Supervisor, FCB Chicago

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  • Tags: comedy
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Solo
  • Track: Social and Relationships
  • Level: Beginner
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