I suck at object work. I acknowledge that. Things appear and disappear out of my grasp with alarming regularity. It’s something I need to work on.
But the other day, I saw a veteran improviser do the “finger gun” thing above. I lost my mind. This person has been on one of Chicago’s marquee teams for years and years. And he chose to show he had a gun by doing that with his fingers.
It’s the laziest thing I’ve seen in a decade of improvisation.
Do that in a Level One class somewhere and you’ll be reminded that no one holds a gun like that. And you can’t shoot bullets out of your fingertips, unless you’ve justified yourself as a robot or something.
When you take the stage, remember that you’re not only performing for audience members; you’re also performing for current and future improvisers who might see you. You have an obligation to inspire them the way you were once inspired. Serve the art. Advance the art. Strive to be better than you are.
If you care so little about stage time that you make a lazy move like that, maybe you should step aside for someone who wants it more.
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