Emotional Options

In Emotional Options, improvisers act out a scene, while a third, the “caller”, stands to the side and watches, occasionally calling “Freeze!” and asking the audience for new emotions for one of the improvisers. The game is easy to play, and usually produces entertaining scenes – mainly because it makes it so easy for characters to be changed by each other. Here’s a ┬átypical setup: We’re going to play a game called emotional options. Jamie and Sue are going to act out a scene, and every now and then I’m going to stop them and ask you for a new...

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Freeze Game

The Freeze Game is a popular game in improv shows, often used as a high-energy end to a set. A group of players – usually between 4 and 10 – lines up at the back of the stage. Two people, A and B, come forward, ask the audience for a suggestion for an activity, then perform an activity, emphasizing interesting movements. The players in the background are outside the scene. They watch the activity but keep still. A delivers a line. B responds – ideally with something funny. As soon as they strike an interesting new position, one of the players lined up in the background will...

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He Said, She Said

“He Said, She Said” is an improv game where two players control each other’s actions. The basic idea of the game is easy enough. One player delivers a line of dialogue. The other player then adds the words “he said” (or “she said”), followed by a description of the first player’s next actions. Ann: “Want some pancakes?” Ben: She said, drumming her fingers impatiently. Ann now does what she’s told, and starts drumming her fingers impatiently, while waiting for him to answer. Ben now delivers his next line. Ben: Sure, they look...

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