Just got back from tonight’s Imps show.
It was incredibly fun, and we had a great crowd. Performing improv to 60-80 people a week makes me feel good, and I enjoy doing it.
It helps my stand-up in a way, too – not as much as it might help a more (stating the obvious here) ‘improv’ based stand-up, but it helps all the same, teaching you timing, delivery and crowd control – three major factors in a stand-up performance.
I would recommend Improv to any comedian, whether that’s to watch or to participate – it gets your brain working at a real pace, and you’ll surprise yourself with the things you come up with – when you’re writing it’s always great to remember that your brain has the capacity and ability to just spin jokes out of thin air within a few seconds of hearing a word, and I think that’s a great benefit of Improv.
On the other hand, a lot of my Improv revolves around rapping, singing, awful puns and silly faces, and only one part of that is useful in my stand-up set.