182 episodes

Canadian Comedy Award winners Rob Norman and Adam Cawley discuss weekly improv-based topics based on a theme.

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    • Education
    • 4.9 • 75 Ratings

Canadian Comedy Award winners Rob Norman and Adam Cawley discuss weekly improv-based topics based on a theme.

    Crazytown

    Crazytown

    Amongst the many terms improvisers have invented to describe a bad scene, "Crazytown" might be the most evocative.  This week Rob and Adam discuss scenes that try to do too much, too soon - and how to prevent your scenes from going off the rails.
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    • 1 hr 8 min
    SOS (Save Our Scene)

    SOS (Save Our Scene)

    Rob and Adam discuss what to do when a scene fails, how to fail gracefully, and how to get a struggling scene back on track. Also on the episode: recent travels across the US, Rob's artistic residency in Sweden, the best pizza and an adult love of trains.
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    • 1 hr
    Inventing the Who What Where

    Inventing the Who What Where

    In this epsiode, Rob and Adam discuss what to do if you are obligated to create the who, what, where in the first 30 seconds of your scene. How much information should you add? How much room should you leave for you partner to contribute?
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    • 56 min
    improvfestivals

    improvfestivals

    This week Rob and Adam chat about improv festivals: how to run it, how to market it, and the small perks that make it all worthwhile.
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    • 59 min
    First Time Format

    First Time Format

    We all know the Harold, and The Montage - but what's in the in-between? Are there some formats better for new players than others?
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    • 50 min
    The Holiday Special

    The Holiday Special

    In the final rundown of 2023, Rob and Adam share the gifts of what's making them feel thankful this holiday season.
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
75 Ratings

75 Ratings

redhouseryan ,

So helpful!

Learned of this podcast after having Adam & Rob as teachers for improv classes. Loved them both as instructors and wanted more access to their brains, so checked out the show. Damn! What a treat! I’ve learned so much from each episode, and am recommending it to everyone else in my class. A must-listen for anyone who wants to get better at the craft of improv, while also a great intro for anyone who is curious to learn more about the art form from two greats who really, really know their stuff - (yes) and know how to communicate that knowledge. So good!!!

lmontop ,

Hilarious. Informative.

This has helped me enormously with my improv, and had entertained endlessly!

improvster ,

Love the backline

Everyone in my improv classes listen to this podcast cause it’s the best. Fun and informative👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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