recommended reading

We’re going book wild in this episode, “Books Two Ways!”

Listen to the audio for a detailed breakdown of why each of these books made our list of recommended reading for improvisers.

We also explain the Austin born warm-up “books”, and why we love it.

Recommended Reading for Improvisers

Aerodynamics of Yes – by Christian Capozzoli

Art by Committee: A guide to Advanced Improvisation – by Charna Halpern

Bill Arnett’s Improv Blog – blog by Bill Arnett

Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art – by Stephen Nachmanovitch

Guru: My Days with Del Close – by Jeff Griggs

Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai – by Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre – by Keith Johnstone

Impro for Storytellers – by Keith Johnstone

Improv Nonsense – blog by Will Hines

Improv Octopus – blog by Alex Berg

Improvisation at the Speed of Life: The TJ and Dave Book – by Tj Jagodowski, David Pasquesi, & Pam Victor

Improvise: Scene From The Inside Out – by Mick Napier

Improvising Better: A Guide for the Working Improviser – by Jimmy Carrane & Liz Allen

Jill Bernard’s Small Cute Book of Improv – by Jill Bernard

Long-Form Improvisation & The Art of Zen: A Manual For Advanced Performers – by Jason Chin

The Inner Game Of Tennis – by W. Timothy Gallwey

Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation – by Charna Halpern, Del Close & Kim Howard Johnson

Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual – by Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts & Matt Besser

Zen in the Art of Archery – by Eugen Herrigel

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March 25, 2015 Podcast Episodes

KareemOn this episode of Got Your Back we were joined by Kareem Badr.

Kareem is a co-owner of the Hideout Theater in Austin, TX where he also teaches and performs regularly in a number of shows including the Big Bash on Friday evenings as well as with his long running and world touring group of 9 years, Parallelogramophonograph.

Kareem was kind enough to stop by the studio and spend some time talking with KC and myself about a number of topics ranging from the nitty gritty of his approach to narrative improv to the parallels between improv and the way of the samurai.

Also in this episode we continue our conversation from the previous episode regarding process vs. product in improv. Again, Kareem had a tremendous amount of thoughtful insight to offer on the subject, and ultimately left me questioning where the boundaries of each are.

In the final part of this episode we do our best to help out the community at large and “let go” of some characters we feel may be showing up too frequently in recent improv scenes.

Kareem can be seem performing weekly with his group P-graph on Fridays at 10pm at The Hideout Theatre.

Featured song in this episode Joshua Tree by local artist and recent ColdTowne graduate, Leah Nobel. Visit her website and follow her on facebook.

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January 15, 2015 Podcast Episodes

John RatliffWe’re blowing the doors off of this show, and starting 2015 with a bang by interviewing one of Austin’s great improvisers, teachers, & directors, Mr.John Ratliff.

One of the things I most admire about Ratliff is how deeply thoughtful and passionate he is about improv. I think more than anyone else he has changed how I think about performing.

Full disclosure, I will often have moments of uncertainty in which I will do a test where I imagine what Ratliff’s reaction to my choice might be because I so highly regard his opinion of improv to be “pure” in a way that it gives me reassurance to think he might agree with me.
So, that is all to say when we started this show we couldn’t wait to conduct this interview with Ratliff.

In the initial portion of the show we spoke at length about the project he is currently directing, The Church of Indeterminate Divinity, that is an incredible and loving mash-up of religious services with the (often alluded to) religion of improv. We also discuss his reputation as a teacher who doesn’t bullshit his students, along with a discussion on some of the challenges, perceived challenges, and benefits of starting improv at an older age.

After the break we have a deep dive conversation into process vs. product in improv. We’ll dig further into this topic throughout January, but Ratliff had some very thought provoking points on the balance between the process of improvising vs the end product of the show.

In our final segment we hear and deconstruct a story from John about an ill-fated series of dates.

Ratliff teaches and performs regularly at ColdTowne Theater in Austin, TX.

Featured song at the end of this episode: Ever Since the Turn by The Paper Chase.

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January 8, 2015 Podcast Episodes

AIC Potluck 3In this episode, we brought the GYB studio to the AIC (Austin Improv Community) annual potluck. We sat down with various groups of talented improvisers throughout the day and we picked their brains about some of their favorite moments of last year.Plus, we got to play games and give some shout outs and love notes!

Throughout the three episodes we speak with performers, teachers, tudents, and more from: ColdTowne Theater, The Hideout Theatre , The Institution Theater, Merlin Works Improv at the Zach Theatre, and The New Movement.

In this Episode we spoke with:

Jericho Thorp
Lance Gilstrap
Addison J. Billingsley

Camille Euritt
Mark Major
Kathleen McFerren
Sarah Hutchins
Jillian Besemer
Chris R McKeever
Drew Wesely
Seth Johnson
E
mma Holder
Douglas Alan Eaton-Landis

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January 2, 2015 Podcast Episodes

AIC Potluck 2In this episode, we brought the GYB studio to the AIC (Austin Improv Community) annual potluck. We sat down with various groups of talented improvisers throughout the day and we picked their brains about some of their favorite moments of last year. Plus, we got to play games and give some shout outs and love notes!

Throughout the three episodes we speak with performers, teachers, students, and more from: ColdTowne Theater, The Hideout Theatre , The Institution TheaterMerlin Works Improv at the Zach Theatre, and The New Movement.

In this Episode we spoke with:

Joseph Dailey
Will Cleveland
Brandon Martin
Ted Meredith
Alejandro Garcia
Clifton Highfield
Nathan Sowell
Kevin Miller
Frank Netscher
Chelsea Bunn
Kim Lowery
Justin Soileau
Kareem Badr

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December 19, 2014 Podcast Episodes

AIC Potluck 1

“The AIC Potluck Sessions” Part 1 of 3-

In this episode, we brought the GYB studio to the AIC (Austin Improv Community) annual potluck. We sat down with various groups of talented improvisers throughout the day and we picked their brains about some of their favorite moments of last year.Plus, we got to play games and give some shout outs and love notes! Throughout the three episodes we speak with performers, teachers, students, and more from: ColdTowne Theater, The Hideout Theatre , The The Institution Theater, Merlin Works Improv at the Zach Theatre, and The New Movement.

In this Episode we spoke with:

Scott Hearne
Matt Needles
Chaz Formichella
Kenny Madison
Alex Baia
Ella Gale
Nicole Beckley
Bryan ‘Lubu’ Roberts
Quinn Buckner
Victoria Vlach
Arthur Simone
Brian Boyko

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December 3, 2014 Podcast Episodes

Roy 2Roy Janik wears oh so many hats at the Hideout Theatre in Austin, TX. He is simultaneously co-owner, operator, artistic director, teacher, show director, performer, and more.

Which is why we were so pleased that Roy was kind enough to find time to stop by GYB studios to answer some in depth questions about his approach to improv, acting, and much much more.

We talked about Keith Johnstone, narrative improv, labels, fear…too much to name here, and even more was left on the table that we weren’t able to get to (for now?).

Also in this episode, we played a round of Name That Novelty Tune to draw on Roy’s early days running a novelty music college radio show.

For more info about shows, classes, or to see Roy performing in groups like the long running and international touring Parallelogramophonograph visit the Hideout Theatre’s Website.

This episode’s featured song is “Half Time At The Proper Name Spelling Bee” by Fish Boy.

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Photo Credit to Steve Rogers

 

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November 11, 2014 Podcast Episodes