Skill of Humor Part 2: Explore and Heighten

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Last week, we talked about the first principle of being funnier: sharing your point of view. This week we’re talking about step two: exploring and heightening that point of view. Improv teaches us how to do that. Improvisers at UCB, Second City, and ComedySportz accept and build, explore and heighten, and find the interesting thing… Continue Reading >

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Sources of Creative Inspiration

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit the David Bowie exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum. It’s an immersive experience that includes audio that changes based on where you are in the museum (similar to the beginning of the book Origin by Dan Brown). While there are a number of great things to take away from the exhibit… Continue Reading >

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The Hidden Structure of Creativity

In the near future, we will collaborate with AI-driven programs to unlock our own creativity (check out some Creative AI programs that already exist). How? Through an understanding of creative structures. Many people believe that creativity is about being unrestricted and free, that it involves waiting around for inspiration and is almost mystical in how it… Continue Reading >

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Improve Problem-Solving By Laughing More

the candle problem

You walk into a room where you find a table pushed against the back wall with three things on it: a book of matches, a box of tacks, and a candle. Above the table is a corkboard. Your instructions are to affix the candle to the corkboard in such a way that when you light the… Continue Reading >

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Bobby McFerrin Talks About Improv

Friend and play guru Bernie DeKoven shared this great video of singer Bobby McFerrin talking about improvisation. A few important points from the video: The important thing is just to start. After that, your momentum will carry you through. Practice, practice, practice. Our minds will fill in the blanks, we don’t have to provide everything… Continue Reading >

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