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Henri and Blake believe Improv has the power to change lives, maybe even the world, and as they'll find out on "Improvise Till You Make It!", there is no shortage of improvisors out there who agree with them!

Through compelling, personal, and often tragically funny interviews, Henri and Blake discover how The Improv Mindset has changed the lives of their talented guest improvisors, while using these conversations as fuel for some intermittent improv comedy as hilarious as it is poignant.

Curious about their workshops, team-buildings, classes, or shows? Follow them on insta: @henriandblake

Improvise Till You Make It! Henri and Blake

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Henri and Blake believe Improv has the power to change lives, maybe even the world, and as they'll find out on "Improvise Till You Make It!", there is no shortage of improvisors out there who agree with them!

Through compelling, personal, and often tragically funny interviews, Henri and Blake discover how The Improv Mindset has changed the lives of their talented guest improvisors, while using these conversations as fuel for some intermittent improv comedy as hilarious as it is poignant.

Curious about their workshops, team-buildings, classes, or shows? Follow them on insta: @henriandblake

    #14: Make Strong Choices with Dad's Cologne

    #14: Make Strong Choices with Dad's Cologne

    Dad's Cologne, an improv trio based in Richmond, Virginia, USA, are making quite a splash with their instagram page dedicated to improv memes, @dadscologne. Through scheduling conflicts, faulty equipment, and crummy internet connections (we apologize in advance for the less than stellar sound quality), we were very lucky to get the chance to sit down and pick their brains on improv and how it pertains to life.

    These hilarious guys join us for an insightful episode all about the importance of making strong choices in improv, and especially in life. We discuss the many different ways committing fully to our ideas can help bring them to life, as well as strategies for getting out of our heads, getting over our fears, and just simply getting to it in terms of making choices and going after the things we want.

    Throughout our talks, we find ourselves in a world where scientists struggle to contain viral memes which are causing entire countries to literally die laughing, we find out what happens when a young boy's only ambition is to dress like a hot dog for Halloween, and we go deep into the situation room where a non-committal president uses some unconventional methods to make major military decisions.

    Massive shout out to Dad's Cologne for powering through the difficulties we were having in making this episode, and for being such delightful dudes to work with! For a regular dose of improv induced hilarity, follow their instagram channel, @dadscologne! They're eager to work with more people, so don't hesitate to get in touch with them via their instagram channel if you'd like to ask them a question or invite them on your podcast!

    As always, thanks for listening, and be sure to follow us on instagram at @henriandblake for a sneak peek of the next episode of "Improvise Till You Make It!" and to keep posted on all the exciting ways we continue to spread the improv mindset.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    #13.2: Find Your Fun with Josh Simpson and Jake Jabbour

    #13.2: Find Your Fun with Josh Simpson and Jake Jabbour

    This is PART 2 of a very special episode full of FIRSTS for "Improvsie Till You Make It!" In our first ever trans-atlantic (or trans-pacific, depending on how you look at it) podcast recording, we talk for the first time with not one, but TWO amazing improvisors, and it's an episode so full of juicy insights and hilarious improv, we had to break it into our first ever TWO PART episode!  

    L.A. based improvisors Jake Jabbour and Josh Simpson are back for part two of "Find Your Fun," and in this trans-continental episode, we continue our deep dive into getting the most out of even the worst parts of our day to days. From strategies for finding the joy in the mundane, and discovering what it means to shift your mindset in order to help yourself enjoy some of the lesser interesting things we are obliged to do in our jobs and daily lives, there's no shortage of take-aways in our shortest episode to date.  

    Along the way, we'll find ourselves caught in the middle of a dispute between the firemen and the policemen, whose baseball teams are resorting to some unethical tactics to get asses in the seats at their games, and we'll find out what happens when you take a group  of school children to a bleak officeplace full of miserable data entry professionals to teach them a lesson about what happens to boys and girls who don't pay attention in class.  

    Follow, like, and subscribe to Jake and Josh's hilarious improv podcast, The Meat Improv, available anywhere you get your podcasts. If you happen to be in L.A., check out Jake's harold team, "Bitchin," a harold team, and his late night talk show, "We're Gross with Gilly." Check out Josh's website for all things Josh Simpson Related. 

    You can also support Jake and Josh's Patreon, and for just $5, you get access to an extra podcast episode each week called "The Potatoes" where Jake and Josh talk Improv shop and share more of their improv thoughts, tips, tricks, and techniques. If you're interested in booking these two amazing performers for workshops, classes, or to come teach at a festival near you, they are ready and willing to jump on a plane! Just send them an email at themeatimprov[at]gmail[dot]com.

    As always, thanks for listening, and be sure to follow us on instagram at @henriandblake for a sneak peek of the next episode of "Improvise Till You Make It!" and to keep posted on all the exciting ways we continue to spread the improv mindset.

    • 41 min
    #13.1: Find Your Fun with Jake Jabbour and Josh Simpson

    #13.1: Find Your Fun with Jake Jabbour and Josh Simpson

    This is a very special episode full of FIRSTS for "Improvise Till You Make It!" In our first ever transatlantic (or transpacific, depending on how you look at it) podcast recording, we talk for the first time with not one, but TWO amazing improvisors, and it's an episode so full of juicy insights and hilarious improv, we had to break it into our first ever TWO PART episode!  

    We were lucky enough to get to talk with Jake Jabbour and Josh Simpson, two L.A. Based improvisors with improv credentials as impressive as they get and a hilarious improv podcast to match. Jake and Josh perform and teach independently and at the UCB Theater in L.A., and on their weekly Improv Podcast, The Meat Improv, which has been running for almost three years, they talk and improvise with some of the worlds greatest names in improv. 

     After indulging us with the backstory of their improv-duo, we pick Jake and Josh's brains on what it means to "Find Your Fun" in an improv scene, and how we can take the agency we have as improvisors onstage into our lives in order to improve the relationships we have to boredom.  

    Our conversations lead us to a cabin in the woods where a disgruntled father can't get over the freeloading deer who are distracting him from Christmas dinner with his family, and to a research center where we find out not only that boredom sets in quickly, but when it does it makes people to some incredibly bizarre things.  

    Follow, like, and subscribe to Jake and Josh's hilarious improv podcast, The Meat Improv, available anywhere you get your podcasts. If you happen to be in L.A., check out Jake's harold team, "Bitchin," a harold team, and his late night talk show, "We're Gross with Gilly." Check out Josh's website for all things Josh Simpson Related.  You can also support Jake and Josh's Patreon, and for just $5, you get access to an extra podcast episode each week called "The Potatoes" where Jake and Josh talk Improv shop and share more of their improv thoughts, tips, tricks, and techniques. If you're interested in booking these two amazing performers for workshops, classes, or to come teach at a festival near you, they are ready and willing to jump on a plane! Just send them an email at themeatimprov[at]gmail[dot]com.  

    As always, thanks for listening, and be sure to follow us on instagram at @henriandblake for a sneak peek of the next episode of "Improvise Till You Make It!" and to keep posted on all the exciting ways we continue to spread the improv mindset.

    • 50 min
    #11: Seek Common Ground with Andrea Bjork

    #11: Seek Common Ground with Andrea Bjork

    Andrea Björk (rhymes with jerk) is a designer, animator, comedian, improvisor, podcaster, and writer whose career path has been as unique as her nationality (she's one of only 330,00 Icelandic people on the planet!) Her humor and wit coupled with her eloquence and experience behind the mic make for one of the most informative and easy to edit episodes of our podcast yet!  

    Whether onstage as an improvisor or offstage navigating clients' needs as a freelancer, she understands the immense value of seeking common ground to make sure everyone is on the same page, and to mitigate conflicts by aligning everyone's basic desires and using that as a platform for moving forward. We talk about the ways in which we can seek common ground by dropping our egos and our own ideas when appropriate, how to give feedback in a way that won't make people hate you, and what it means to stop taking things personally.  

    Our conversation takes us into Ancient Rome where two battling gladiators, in an effort to avoid killing each other, invent modern sports, and to a French battlefield where the Magical Arrow of Effective Feedback helps end a century-long war.  

    Andrea is one of Berlin's most active comedians, and you can find her playing with ComedyShorts Berlin, on the CCB House Harold Team Funf Dollar, and in her Late-Night Day Time Talk Show, It's That Time of the Month. She also runs a monthly Character Open Mic called "The Queen's Court," and for the few people out there who speak Icelandic and haven't already heard of it, she has a weekly podcast, BioTvio, which is set to review every Icelandic film ever made. Follow her on Instagram and on Twitter to stay up to date with everything she's doing! 

    As always, thanks for listening, and be sure to follow us on instagram at @henriandblake for a sneak peek of the next episode of "Improvise Till You Make It!" and to keep posted on all the exciting ways we continue to spread the improv mindset.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    #10: Listen and Support with Blake Worrell

    #10: Listen and Support with Blake Worrell

    Blake Worrell, also known as "Big Blake" in this neck of the woods, is a rapper, producer, director, and award winning filmmaker whose striking stature and radiating charisma only serve to further highlight his soft spoken nature and beguiling kind-heartedness. He holds a very dear part in our own improv history as the driving force behind the creation of our beloved Skeleton Brains, the improv team we've been rehearsing and performing with for over two years now.  

    Together we dive into what it means to listen and support our scene partners on stage, and how doing the same in real life can promote learning, laughter, and conflict resolution. We explore the blocks people have to listening to strongly differing opinions and tactics for circumventing those blocks, as well as what might be needed to bring the world together in a time of tension. 

     If that's not enthralling enough for you, brace yourself for what is without a doubt the strangest, most bizarre, and possibly funniest improv we've done on the show to date. We welcome you into my bedroom for a rousing episode of the game show, "Guess How Much My Shit Is Worth," where the stakes are has high as the prizes are valueless, before peeking into the future of an aging Tom Cruise via a documentary where the only person who doesn't understand he's on camera is Tom himself.  

    To check out Blake Worrell's films and discography, visit his website at www.blakeworrell.com, and follow him on instagram at @blakeworrell to stay up to date on all of his latest projects.

    As always, thanks for listening, and be sure to follow us on instagram at @henriandblake for a sneak peek of the next episode of "Improvise Till You Make It!" and to keep posted on all the exciting ways we continue to spread the improv mindset.

    • 49 min
    #9: Make Everyone Else Look Good with Justin Credible

    #9: Make Everyone Else Look Good with Justin Credible

    Justin Credible, a man who lives life with the pedal well and truly to the metal, is perhaps the personification of the the concept of, "Yes, And..." He began his lifelong career in the film industry as a child actor, and has at some point or another performed just about every job required on a film set, from gripping to directing, from writing to casting.  

    Of late he has found himself working more and more as a producer not only because it makes it easier to hire himself directly in other roles, an admission delivered without a single hint of irony, but also because it is a position particularly well suited to a person whose passion in life "is providing opportunities to talented people." Whether on the improv stage or in life, we discuss the ways in which focusing on making others look good can only benefit us, especially if what Justin says is true: success resides in the proximity of success.  

    Throughout our conversations, we zig and zag in and out of improv worlds where restaurant customers are happy to be their own waiters, where cops make it their mission to prevent burglars from committing fashion crimes, and where the most sought after place at a hopping club is in the line outside of it. 

    Justin Credible is involved in more projects than we could possibly list here, so be sure to follow him on instagram at @bejustincredible, and check out his Tedx Talk all about the power of "Yes, Anding," life.

    As always, thanks for listening, and be sure to follow us on instagram at @henriandblake for a sneak peek of the next episode of "Improvise Till You Make It!" and to keep posted on all the exciting ways we continue to spread the improv mindset.

    • 57 min

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