The Improv Chronicle Podcast

The Improv Chronicle Podcast
Stories about the improvised comedy community around the world

When Is It Too Much Improv?
Feb 11 • 16 min
Loving improv is one thing but when does it start to become too much of a good thing? Hear from improvisers who are loading their lives up with the art form and the mental health professional who advises caution.
Spreading Jams
Jan 28 • 15 min
A jam is an event where anyone can put their name in the hat in order to play an improv scene in front of the audience. As improv grows, so do jam nights. It’s as if an improv jam is part of the fabric of the art form. Why is that? And what makes a good…
The Give And Take Of Feedback
Jan 14 • 20 min
How your last improv show went sometimes isn’t as important as how and when you find out about how good it was. Getting notes in improv whether it be in class or from a coach is sometimes hard. So how should coaches give their feedback and what…
The Bits We Left Out In 2019
Dec 31, 2019 • 16 min
You’ve heard from some incredible improv voices since this podcast launched in July. We’ve not been able to include everything everyone said in every interview so this episode, you will hear clips from a number of the interviews done since July that…
Has “Yes And” Become Outdated?
Dec 17, 2019 • 17 min
The concept we call Yes And has been at the heart of improv and at the heart of how improv is taught for decades. There are books about it, and the phrase is synonymous with improv. The basic idea is that you say yes to what your partner is offering and…
The Mantra Of Support
Dec 3, 2019 • 21 min
What do we mean in improv when we talk about support and how do we quantify what on stage support and off stage support is needed in our art form. As the number of shows and teams grows around the world, how much do we have each other’s backs and how…
Do We Really Need Warm-Ups?
Nov 19, 2019 • 12 min
If there’s one thing that can divide a group of improvisers quickly, it’s the subject of warm-ups. Some people hate them and don’t want to do them. Some people love them and could happily warm-up for an hour before tackling a scene. How much warming up do…
Help, I Suck At This
Nov 5, 2019 • 17 min
Experiencing and improv dip and a bout of imposter syndrome isn’t uncommon in improv - in fact many people recognise it as part of being an improviser and, more generally, a performer. But in improv, where you never do the same show twice, this feeling…
Improvisers With Scripts
Oct 22, 2019 • 17 min
Many improvisers enjoy success not just in improv, but in the realm of scripted work. Does their experience in improv bleed into their creative processes when they write or even when that written work gets performed? This episode you get to hear from a…
Marketing Your Improv Show
Oct 8, 2019 • 18 min
You can have the best improv show in the world and still not have an audience. How do you get people to come to see your show and how many of them are going to be non-improvisers? This episode you will hear from people who are marketing improv in…
Understanding And Appreciating The Role Of The Music Director In Improv
Sep 24, 2019 • 20 min
How does an improv musician view the improv show? What do they add? And what should those of us who take to the stage to work with them know about the work the music director is putting into the show? Hear from improv music directors about how they work…
The Only Game In Town - Improvising In A Void
Sep 10, 2019 • 14 min
While some of us are blessed with cities that have a large improv scene with multiple groups or even multiple theatres, some cities have barely anyone flying the flag for our art form. You’ll hear from people from three cities from around the world -…
Making Indie Nights Work
Aug 27, 2019 • 20 min
What makes a good independent improv night, and what do you get out of putting on something that isn’t connected to an established improv theatre or school? People with experience of indie nights from around the world share their experience and examine…
Trailer: Making Indie Nights Work
Aug 25, 2019 • 1 min
On the next episode of the Improv Chronicle Podcast you will hear from some of the people running independent improv nights and how they get over the disadvantages of not having a major theatre behind them - and how they exploit the advantages
What The Edinburgh Fringe Gives Improvisers
Aug 13, 2019 • 16 min
Every year, a growing number of improvisers take a creative and financial risk on the Edinburgh Fringe. What are the benefits of taking your work to the world’s largest open-access arts festival, and is there a secret to getting a good audience?
Trailer: What The Edinburgh Fringe Gives Improvisers
Aug 10, 2019 • 1 min
With a reputation for being a tough nut to crack, what are the benefits of taking an improv show to the world’s largest open-access arts festival? Improvisers who have taken a variety of shows share their tips and experiences
The Growth Of Improv Festivals
Jul 30, 2019 • 18 min
A new improv festival has just opened this week in the UK. As improv festivals continue to spring up around the world, what makes a good festival for audiences, improvisers and improv scenes?
Improv Chronicle Podcast Trailer
Jul 27, 2019 • 1 min
Coming soon - stories and issues from the global improv community