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The Backline

Canadian Comedy Award winners Rob Norman and Adam Cawley discuss weekly improv-based topics based on a theme.

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Casting

Sep 05 2018

In this episode, Rob and Adam discuss casting and what does the “perfect” Harold team look like! If you’d like to play at home, pick 8 archetypes from the list below:

  1. Initiator – This player starts scenes.  Always the first person out.
  2. Listener – This person is always 2nd out.  Very good at supporting their partner’s offers.
  3. Glue Player – Directs the show from within.  Very good at editing the show and being mindful of variety.
  4. Game Player – Master of Game of the Scene.  Excellent at heightening patterns.
  5. Actor – Very charming onstage.  Able to ground even the weirdest of premises.
  6. Tagger – Excellent at 2nd beats.  Great at tagging into scenes.  Always has a great 2nd beat ready.
  7. Clown – Someone very funny.  Able to bring down the lights. Falls down a lot.
  8. Veteran – Someone with loads of experience. Able to take the suggestion and instill a strong work ethic in the team.
  9. Instigator – This is person likes to cause mischief in scenes.  Always pushing boundaries.
  10. Connector – Able to find the theme and bring everything together in 3rd beats.
  11. Organic Player – Master of Group Games and openers.  Able to execute complex transitions.
  12. Justifier – Able to set-up the who, what, where.  Provide context to scenes.
  13. Singer – Someone who is excellent at musical improv.
  14. Character Player – Someone who is able to bring a series of big, rich characters to scenes.
  15. Deadpanner – Someone who’s dry wit is able to bring BIG cerebral laughs to the stage. Also excellent at satire and premises.
  16. Yes Ander – Someone very excited to be there and support other player’s ideas.
  17. Storyteller – Able to tell a compelling narrative and create mind-blowing action sequences.
The Backline

Casting

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