Last night I attended a 3 hour sketch writing workshop, run by DUVAL, an improv and sketch comedy duo made up of Bex Marsh and Eddie Mujica. It’s been a long time since I have written a sketch, but I am interested in using improv to improve my writing. We started the workshop with some simple “yes, and…” improv games to get us used to agreeing with suggestions and extending them. It’s incredibly easy to have self-doubt when writing and to spend so much time editing yourself that nothing ever gets written. Using these exercises we just went with whatever idea we came up with and saw how far we could run with it.
We spent time discussing sources for ideas, identifying the premise and game of a scene, and ways in which to heighten the game. We also discussed pitfalls such as not being able to start, cliches, low-hanging fruit, and imitating others.
I’m glad I was able to attend. I have so many evening and weekends rehearsals that it’s become difficult for me to attend workshops. I’m enjoying my rehearsals, but it’s nice to get the chance to do something a little different.