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The Improv Chronicle Podcast

58 EpisodesProduced by Lloydie James LloydWebsite

This is what the world of improv sounds like.Improv is constantly evolving so how do we chronicle what is happening to it as an art form on and off stage? Each episode, The Improv Chronicle seeks to ignite and expand your interest in improvised theatre and comedy by speaking to people who are knowle… read more

58 Episodes | 2019 - 2023

Isn't It Time We Took Tech Seriously?

December 5th, 2023


How can we use lighting and sound better in our improv. In this episode, you hear from two improvisers who also do tech and who give you a view from the tech box. This episode aims to help on-stage improvisers and …

Yeah, But That's Not Improv, Is It?

November 21st, 2023


Is the medium of improv too often confused with the genre of improv? Surely improv isn’t one thing in the same way that theatre isn’t one thing. The genre is not the medium. This episode explores how we make the …

Reaching Your Peak In Improv

November 7th, 2023


Why is it that some improvisers avoid playing with an older improviser, or when they do get to play with them, they make them their grandparents? …

I've Just Moved - Can I Play?

October 24th, 2023


Moving your life to a new town or city is a big undertaking - there’s a lot to sort out. So what’s it like getting settled in a new city’s improv scene? Hear from three improvisers who have moved their lives to another …

Scene Shifting - Post Pandemic Changes

October 10th, 2023


Improvisers from different cities across the world talk about the many and varied changes that have happened to their scenes. From theatres closing to new ones opening - from scenes losing improvisers to those who are …

When Should You Walk Into A Scene?

September 26th, 2023


Whether you are an improviser who hesitates to walk on, or someone who just can’t resist entering a scene, you know a walk-on has the power to change what is happening on stage. 

Marcel Blanch-de Wilt is a Sydney-based …

That First Show Back

July 13th, 2021


Slowly, gradually, in some parts of the world, live shows are coming back. For some performers it’s their first shows back in front of a live audience in 16 months. That sort of gap between shows is something many …

A Tale Of Two Improv Places

June 29th, 2021


What happens when two improv organisations in different parts of the world happen to have the same name - and then discover each other exist?

This is the story of The Improv Place, USA and The Improv Place, UK. Last …

Save The Scene

June 15th, 2021


How do we turn a scene around when it isn't going as well as we intended. This episode, host Lloydie gets voicemails from improvisers around the world with top tips on how to rescue a scene that's not going well.

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How External Factors Influence Our Improv

June 1st, 2021


How much do external factors like the space we play in or the audience have an influence on what we do on stage as improvisers - and how much impact …

Getting Stuck In Your Head

May 18th, 2021


From time to time, many (if not most) improvisers find themselves stuck inside their head and thinking too much. How can we identify when it is happening, and how can we moderate any negative impact it might be having …

When Improv Means Business

May 4th, 2021


What exactly does improv give to the corporate world and how is it benefitting workplaces, even during (or especially during) the pandemic! This episode we explore the ways improv is helping the business world become …

Stage Fright

April 20th, 2021


What happens when you get stage fright and how have some improvisers overcome it? This episode features personal stories about how people have overcome their own anxieties about performing at a time when some others are …

Exploring The Game Of The Scene

April 6th, 2021


The Game Of The Scene is one of the more debated improv concepts. Part of that debate has simply focused on defining what we mean by ‘the game of the …

The Future Of Online Improv

March 23rd, 2021


As we continue talking about the move towards getting back to improv in real life, what will happen to online improv? To begin with it was a stop-gap for most, but one year in, it’s fostered an international community …

Considering Not Going Back To Improv

March 9th, 2021


As the vaccine rollouts happen around the world, announcements are beginning to be made about when theatres might be able to open later in the year. 

When Improv Meets Sketch

February 23rd, 2021


Go to a lot of improv theatre websites and alongside the classes in improv, you’ll often see classes in sketch comedy too. Why are improv and sketch …

Dramatic Improv - Leaning Into The Emotion

February 9th, 2021


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The words improv and comedy are so regularly used together, but comedy doesn’t have to be the goal. How do we define what ‘dramatic …

Adapting The Online Space

January 26th, 2021


Just as our art form adapted by going online, online shows have adapted with the technology. As people realise that online improv is going to stay …

Short-form Improv Takes Centre Stage Online

January 12th, 2021


It's nearly ten months since most live improv shows around the world paused. Some improvisers have taken their short form shows online and adapted them, other improvisers have decided to move from long form to short …

The Bits We Left Out In 2020

December 29th, 2020


Extended interview material from 2020's Improv Chronicle recordings plus some words of wisdom worth repeating.

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Improv Hopes And Dreams For 2021

December 15th, 2020


What do improvisers hope 2021 brings to our artform and to their own projects? Improvisers from across the world have sent messages to The Improv Chronicle and some of improv's next generation reflect on what they want …

Is Object Work Really Important?

December 1st, 2020


Object work - is it just a necessary evil or is the creation and continuity of imaginary objects in scenes vital. What power does object work have when it comes to affecting us, our scene partners and our audiences and …

Take Care Of Your Scene Partner

November 17th, 2020


The phrase ‘take care of your scene partner’ is used so many times in improv but what do we really mean by it? What is it we need to do to make sure our scene partner is ‘taken care of’? This episode, you hear different …

Life Skills Becoming Improv Skills

November 3rd, 2020


Many people advise that to be a good improviser, you need to have an interesting life… so what are the things have people done, what hobbies have they taken up or professions have they worked in or life habits they’ve …

Imposter Syndrome

October 20th, 2020


Any art form is subjective and can lead practitioners to question themselves, but how do experienced improvisers and improv teachers deal with the phenomenon of imposter syndrome? 

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Chasing Status

October 6th, 2020


Status - some schools of thought talk about status in improv a lot - but what do we mean when we ask someone to play high or low status and how much …

Accents And Impressions

September 22nd, 2020


If you have been in a show where everyone else came out on stage doing a great accent and you’re there thinking “oh boy, I can’t do that” this …

We Need To Talk About Harold

September 8th, 2020


As a form, the Harold is lauded by some and treated less reverentially by others… there’s no doubting that it’s had a huge impact on improv but, all …

What Happened To Physicality In Improv?

August 25th, 2020


Physicality in improv - usually a rich topic but how do we address it when we are improvising online in little boxes?

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Taking A Break From Improv Part Two

August 11th, 2020


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Last episode you heard from improvisers who weren’t improvising right now due to the current pandemic. Today, more …

Taking A Break From Improv Part One

July 28th, 2020


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Online improv has become a big thing during the pandemic but not everyone wants to take their improv online or teach …

Does Improv Bond Us Closer?

July 14th, 2020


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As the world struggles to find connection during a pandemic, does being part of an improv community give you a head …

The First Signs Of Live

June 30th, 2020


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Very gradually, one or two improv venues are tentatively opening up their doors again. As some countries feel they have …

Making Musical Improv Work Remotely

June 16th, 2020


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While improv has made huge efforts to get online during the global pandemic in either Zoom or podcast form, musical …

The Power Of Two: The Improvised Duo - Part Two

June 2nd, 2020


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Two person shows have been a growing trend in improv and with the release of a three part Netflix special from improvisers …

The Power Of Two: The Improvised Duo - Part One

May 19th, 2020


Two person shows have been a growing trend in improv and with the release of a three part Netflix special from improvisers Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz, there is a now a mainstream spotlight on improvised duos. …

Will Podcasts Help Save Improv?

May 5th, 2020


In the past couple of episodes you’ve heard from people who have moved their improv online using Zoom - all the improv that you’ve heard covered in this podcast has been visually led. But what about podcasts? Unlike …

Moving Improv Online Part Two

April 21st, 2020


In the second part of this series on online improv, we re-visit some of the voices you heard last episode - improv practitioners who have taken their work onto visual online platforms like Zoom in order to still teach …

Moving Improv Online Part One

April 7th, 2020


In the midst of a global pandemic, improvisers have had to make huge shifts to continue any sense of work, and for many, huge swathes of income have disappeared in a heartbeat.

In this, the first of two episodes on the …

The Impact Of Covid-19 On Festivals And Theatres

March 24th, 2020


Whether you teach improv classes, put on or attend shows, or you run an improv festival, the impact of the Corona Virus around the world will have …

What's The Big Deal With Edits

March 11th, 2020


How we transition from one scene to the next is something some improvisers spend a great deal of time talking about. So why are so many in the improv world nerds for editing in certain ways when no one chooses a show …

Getting Suggestive

February 26th, 2020


Improv shows are known for taking audience suggestions in order to inspire the performance but what makes a good suggestion and do we really need them anyway? Hear from Megan Gray of The Magnet Theatre in New York, …

When Is It Too Much Improv?

February 11th, 2020


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.

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Spreading Jams

January 29th, 2020


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. …

The Give And Take Of Feedback

January 15th, 2020


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 …

The Bits We Left Out In 2019

December 31st, 2019


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 …

Has "Yes And" Become Outdated?

December 18th, 2019


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 …

The Mantra Of Support

December 3rd, 2019


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 …

Do We Really Need Warm-Ups?

November 20th, 2019


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. …

Help, I Suck At This

November 5th, 2019


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 …

Improvisers With Scripts

October 22nd, 2019


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? …

Marketing Your Improv Show

October 8th, 2019


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 …

Understanding And Appreciating The Role Of The Music Director In Improv

September 24th, 2019


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 Only Game In Town - Improvising In A Void

September 10th, 2019


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 …

Making Indie Nights Work

August 27th, 2019


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 …

What The Edinburgh Fringe Gives Improvisers

August 13th, 2019


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 …

The Growth Of Improv Festivals

July 30th, 2019


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?

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