How about comparing the comedy that you do with what we see on Whose Line Is It Anyway?
Sure. I get asked about it often enough anyway.
I’m part of the Ventura Improv Company, formerly Ventura Area Theatresports (VATS). As you might guess, the primary format we do is Theatresports, created by Keith Johnstone. Structurally, we’ve got two teams of three or four performers competing against each other. In each round, the director/MC throws out a challenge, something like:
- A scene with a verbal restriction
- A scene with great emotion
- Something cultural
- Something musical
- A scene that uses the audience
Each team will then perform a short scene or “game” in response to the challenge. A lot the games we play are similar to what you see on Whose Line; many of their games come from Theatresports originally. Each scene is scored by the audience, on a scale from one to five. At the end of the night, which ever team has more points wins. Pretty simple.
We focus less on gags and quick wit than Whose Line does. Instead, we try often try to do more “scene-oriented” work, with more emphasis on characters, relationships, locations, objectives, and emotions. We also play up the competition aspect more, though not as much as ComedySportz does. We also don’t have the luxury of TV editing. And sometimes our best scenes aren’t funny at all.
And now I’m off to a show.
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