Jokes are a great place to hide. Having a funny voice or massive character can protect you from you having to expose your true self. This week Rob and Adam discuss how to open up in front of audience and reveal your story to the audience.
FROM THE ARCHIVES! Rob and Adam discuss truth, believability, and acting for an improv stage. Adam provides some excellent insight into how to maintain stakes but still play within a comedic premise. Passive-aggressive burns: 8 (with a few personal hurtful jabs that go too far). Music by the Brunswick Project. Got a question? Try us on Twitter @thebacklinepod.
As performers we are inherently greedy for stage time. We have to be. It's competitve in an improv show. Lots of people vying for attention with competing narratives. This week Rob and Adam gives tips on how to maximize your time onstage (in a nice way).
Again and again, you constantly hear about the importance of having a coach. Which is all good if you're rehearsing in major improv cities with thousands of other comedians. But what do you do if you live in a smaller community? This week Rob and Adam navigate different options for building incredible troupes without the guidance of a professional coach.
This week Rob and Adam discuss the importance of mentorship in the community: what to look for in a mentor, how to connect with possible mentors, and how to be a valued protege. Also discussed: the giant duck, Rob's new favourite tea, and shout-outs to important mentors from the early days.
While The Backline spends tons of time discussing concepts related to longform improvisaiton, Rob and Adam both started in shortform. This week: Pillars, Pan Left, roast jokes, set-ups, and best practices when performing a shortform show!
No matter how hard you work, you can only get so good at improvising scenes. At a certain point it feels like it's impossible to get any better. This week, Rob and Adam give a list of simple tips to improve your performance - without technique. Good ole fashion showmanship to give your scenes some much deserved polish. Charm, swagger, and strategize your way to success.
This week Adam and Rob chat about harrassment in the classroom, how to avoid it, and how open communication can help your theatre company thrive. If you're looking for resources or need someone to talk, you can reach out @thebacklinepod privately on Twitter or Facebook.
This week, Rob and Adam go behind the scenes of MANTOWN: The Improvised Frat Party to learn what it takes to produce a sold-out improv show. This episode follows a week of radio diaries from Sharjil Rasool, LeeLee Miller, Noemi Salamon, Andrew Bushell, Geoffrey Cork and the Dean of MANTOWN, Rob Baker. You'll experience producing an improv show from the cloudy beginnings of its inception to preparation to show day. Also Patio Lanterns by Kim Mitchell.
In the context of improvisation, jokes can mean many things: a punchline, an out-of-place remark, a desperate attempt to get the audience to like you, or a straight up street joke (think Knock, Knock). This week Rob and Adam deconstruct what it means to tell a joke and some of the biases improvisers have towards joke-telling. Also we open up the Backline mailbag!