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I'm more of a writer than an actor, and I used to say that I'm mostly an improviser, though I haven't improvised in awhile.
I want to be an improviser, and I've worked very hard at that. It's an art. You don't just play whatever comes into your head; you have to be very deliberate about what you do.
I've always been an improviser. I was one before I knew even what the word was... And acting, that I've been doing since I was 5.
As an improviser I'm now pretty comfortable with trios, so I'm thinking of working up to quartets.
I think for anyone - male or female - in improv, the biggest thing to get over is the fear. I think every improviser has that.
I've never gotten hired for drama because I'm a good improviser. I don't think people who write drama scripts want you playing with them as much.
My brother was an improviser. He's now a lobbyist, but he used to perform improv in the city when he was in high school, and one of the funniest guys I know to this day.
The day of the great jazz improviser who doesn't know how to read music is over.
Vince Vaughn is a master improviser.
Steve Carell is the most spectacular ad-lib improviser ever. And just doing a scene with him, it's just one incredible topping himself on every take.
I think not every improviser is a good stage actor. Certainly not every stage actor is a good improviser.
An improv team would have eight guys and one woman; that was still pretty standard. If you were a woman improviser, it was actually kind of an advantage because, if you were halfway decent, you'd get a lot more stage time.
Baseball players practice, runners practice, so how can you practice being funny? You get up onstage. You train as an improviser, playing make-believe, using the vernacular of improvisation, saying 'yes and' to other people's ideas, making statements.
Anytime I audition for something, it's always a question of whether or not the people I'm auditioning for understand I'm an improviser and I like to do that, and if they like that or if they just want someone who's going to do what's written.
The lifelong goal of an improviser is to listen to what the other person is saying, taking it in, and responding.
You have to know composition to be a good improviser.
I guess I'm sort of spoiled because, most of the things that I get to do, people know that you're a good improviser, so they allow you at least one improv take, and for comedy, that's great.
People know my background and for people who need an improviser, I'm one of the people they think to use if I'm appropriate for the part.
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