Improv Tip #155 Speak Subtext and Listen Viscerally (w/Melanie Chartoff) (2020)

Improv, Improv Comedy, Improvisation – whatever you call it, we’re here to help. In this week’s improv tip, guest tipper Melanie Chartoff talks about using the two powerful tools of Speaking Subtext and Listening Viscerally to supercharge your scenes. Whether you’re doing improv comedy, playing improv games, using improv in your acting classes, or expressing yourself with some other kind of improvisation, you are going to love this tip. Learning and performing improv in person has been the traditional method but now we can learn improv online, do zoom improv shows, and have a really rewarding virtual improv experience. This is a great Improv for beginners tip.

0:00 – Intro
1:16 – Melanie’s First Tip – Speaking Subtext
1:44 – Melanie’s Second Tip – Listen Viscerally

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Melanie Chartoff is best known for the many roles she created on Fridays, Rugrats, Seinfeld, Newhart. Using improv as a player and teacher for fifty years–you can learn more about her approach at
Her first book, Audible and Kindle, “Odd Woman Out” is on Amazon for presale and launches on Groundhog Day, 2021

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