I finally got the nerve/grew the kahunas/wanted to check something off my list, whatever you want to categorize it as and signed up to take an improv class. 10 strangers + 1 teacher + 2 who silently (except when they laugh) watch from the back of the room = my Monday nights.
It is way harder than I ever imagined and challenges me and what I think to be funny and/or quick witted. I try to jump the why-didn't-I-think-of-that-hurdle constantly. We are an ensemble made up of a teacher, a doctor, a couple of engineers, two marketers, a lawyer, an artist, an audio/visual guru, a patient, club promoting MD Anderson man and an indian chief -- kidding about the Indian chief. We all have varied backgrounds as well as varied reasons for taking the class in the first place and It. Is. Awesome.
When I was in college, I took a class called 'the art of acting' - I don't remember much from the class. It was second semester senior year and I need an extra elective to get me to 12 hours for that final semester - I went out a lot that semester, hell, that whole year - I never gained the freshman fifteen, and although I never made note of it, I might have gained the senior twenty. Gross, I digress -- the things I do remember from that class is that you were supposed to leave your 'cool & pre-conceived ideas at the door' That is hard in college, personally I wasn't old enough, or secure enough in my own self, or willing to be my authentic self in a class of my peers who I might not have really known all that well. And that hurt. It hurt me in my 'acting' and it hurt me in being true.
Now, we still have to leave our 'cool & pre-conceived ideas at the door' and just do whatever hits you to do, whatever comes to the frontal lobe first - spit it out, use less "um" and more description, be honest, be open and willing, be your true self - even when you are a character that has nothing to do with your authentic self. That just got way more serious than it should have been. Anyway, I love it because I am scared to death almost the whole time. I jump up to role play or take on the task at hand, scared I won't be quick enough and unsure of what the hell is going to come out of my mouth, and I have to think quickly on my feet, and juggle whatever gets thrown at me and it's some of the most fun I have had in a long while.
I heart Rogue Improv and I am pretty sure that my Monday night kicks your Monday night's ass.