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ImprovBoston AD Newsletter: People’s Battle Edition

This week’s update from the captains of this comedy ship.

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One Year Later


Well… it’s been a year.  

There will be lots of tributes this week.  Lots of really important things to pay attention to, and just as many things to let go.  There will be reminders of where Boston has been in the last 12 months and where the events of April 15th 2013 eventually lead the people of Boston.  

I don’t think I will ever forget the events of April 15th or the days that immediately followed and I wouldn’t want to.  While I wouldn’t ever want to revisit the tragic events of last April, I will say that in a time of immense sadness designed to inspire fear and isolation, I’ve never felt so connected to people.  Not just “my” people, or the people of Boston, MA., but the people of ImprovBoston.  

Not a minute went by that week that our community wasn’t doing the little things that seem to matter the most to so many. From Jack MacNamara tracking down other ImprovBoston members who were at the marathon, to Mike D & Zach W organizing free shows in the wake of tragedy, to Tom Towell offering up his home to anyone displaced by the events at the marathon, I am still in awe of the selflessness displayed and that spirit that has endured since.  

In that week, ImprovBoston became the lens in which I filtered reality. To say I was inspired by our community is the understatement that will out-do (under-do?) every understatement.

No one was trying to forget.  Everyone was trying to help.

Everything I did that week was in hopes of helping someone else, because everyone I saw was doing the same.  IB became a human chain wrapped around itself concerned only with keeping anyone linked to it safe, supported, and most importantly, together.  

I’ll never forget it.  

There are so many stories from this week a year ago.   I wish I knew them all and I’m truly sorry that I don’t.  I think they would all live under the umbrella of so many people putting the words of Fred Rogers into practice.  


So… thank you.  

Thank you for helping each other through a truly challenging time. Thank you for only considering what ELSE you could do for someone you know, kinda know, or maybe have seen once or twice. Thank you for helping.  

It’s been a year.  Let’s keep going.


Does Anyone Remember Laughter?

Remind yourself about what laughter is tonight.






10 Ways to Improve Your Improv Outside of Actually Improvising


I often get asked if I have any tips on how to work on improvising when not in class or rehearsal. Here’s what I do:

1. Watch a lot of Netflix. Video helps me imagine the environment when I’m in a scene. I tie the scene back to something I’ve watched in the past. Suddenly, I don’t have to invent…

And tell them all that we succeeded where others have failed. We created Theater of the Heart, a theater where people cherish each other to succeed onstage. Tell the students, Theater of the Heart.

— Del Close, on his death bed (x)

(Source: galentines)


We made a list of improv stars who deserve to have their own show just like Broad City writers and stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer!

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