Day: September 27, 2010

Essay: Improviser Adam Bright contemplates improv as a way of life

Adam M. Bright, who performs at The PIT in NYC with the improv troupe Halfbear, writes in The Point Magazine about what it means to be an improviser. It certainly strikes a certain chord with me. Improv changed my life in 1996, and I haven't looked back. In fact, I've heightened my own personal and professional stakes to where I am now. Here's an excerpt from Bright's piece: It takes a lot of time and effort to learn how to react both spontaneously and authentically. A person is born and wants to be liked and spends a lifetime developing techniques to appear interesting, but once you start performing improv you realize that those social devices almost all revolve around a cautious, crustacean-like approach to conversation—tail wedged safely in a crevice, snapping at passing scraps. To do improv well you need to push out into open ocean. You need to become completely vulnerable. Yet even if you can learn to do this, it’s an achievement of such questionable value (taken from almost every outside perspective) as to be almost worthless. One or two improvisers join the ranks of Saturday Night Live every season, but most spend their days doing non-spontaneous things like catering or temping or auditioning for roles in order to keep their SAG health insurance from lapsing. So why do they do it? The improvisers at the PIT...

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Comedians win honors, cash, deals at sixth annual New York Television Festival

The sixth annual New York Television Festival ended over the weekend with the announcement of several prizes for people who produced pilots and short films in competition. You may recognize a name or two among the comedians who participated. From the festival, here were your winners this year… NYTVF Special Competition Winners Voted by popular choice at Festival screenings to honor the audience‚Äôs favorite submission in the Independent Pilot Competition, the 2010 NYTVF People‚Äôs Choice Award for Best Pilot was presented to Matt Fisher, Alden Ford, and Justin Tyler for ‚ÄúIlluminati Brothers.‚Äù The pilot follows two fun-loving brothers who inherit the leadership of a secret society that has been running the world for centuries. The comedy pilot "Red Delicious" was named the winner of the FOX-NYTVF Comedy Script Contest. As part of this distinction, Austen Earl and Luke Cunningham will receive $25,000 and a development deal with Fox Broadcasting Company. The script follows an overweight Philadelphia kid's attempt to escape the neighborhood that torments him. NYTVF Independent Pilot Competition Winners The 2010 Independent Pilot Competition featured 42 pilots in a wide variety of television genres. This year‚Äôs ‚ÄúNYTVF Awards‚Äù were presented to pilots and pilot-makers in the following categories: Best Comedy Pilot: ‚ÄúIlluminati Brothers‚Äù Created by: Matt Fisher, Alden Ford, and Justin Tyler (Brooklyn, NY) Two fun-loving brothers inherit the leadership of a secret society that has been running the world for centuries. Best...

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