Funny People

I love funny people.

I adore them.

There is something about someone who can make me laugh, or someone whom I can laugh with.

As some of you know, I’ve been taking improv classes at Upright Citizens Brigade, the comedy school of sorts. UCB was founded by Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh in the 90s and follow the improv teachings of Del Close.

For those of you who don’t know a lot about improv, watch this awesome and funny video by my improv 101 teacher Jordan Klepper

For all you Office loving fans out there, one of my favorite episodes is when Michael takes improv classes and he always has a gun. And because the biggest rule of improv is “yes, and” his scene partner always has to agree with him.

I digress.

So… When I jumped into this comedy adventure, I lept right off the edge of the cliff and told myself if I was going to do this, I was going to do it RIGHT.

So I went out and bought a million books on Second City, Del Close, Saturday Night Live, women in comedy, comedic monologues, so on and so forth.

I also try to see at least two comedy shows (usually improv) per week.

Honestly… UCB is kind of what’s holding me together right now.

I love it because not only does it allow me to perform every week but it’s also very much out of my comfort zone. It challenges me and is helping me become a better performer and actress.

My classes are literally FAVORITE part of each week. I made great friends in my 101 class, and based on my first 201 class, I’m pretty sure I’m going to walk away with some more great friends.

So what is the point of this post?

Well… obviously my last post was a bit of a downer, and I’ve done a whole SHIT LOAD of thinking since that post.

And I made a list of what makes me happy.

Obviously number one was singing and songwriting. Nothing will probably ever top that.

But a veeeeeeery close second was improv.

I know it’s new, which is part of the reason I’m so excited about it, but I truly believe that when I get into periods of “crisis,” sometimes it’s best for me to remind myself of what I love, because it usually clears my head.

So what does this mean exactly?

Well, nothing yet… but the possibility of exploring improvisation and comedy is something I’m thinking very seriously about.

And that makes me excited. 🙂

xoxo

Shannon

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