Improv Tip #158 Panic Mode (w/Jully Lee) (2021)

Improv, Improv Comedy, Improvisation – whatever you call it, we’re here to help. In this week’s improv tip, guest tipper and veteran improviser and teacher Jully Lee talks about freezing/panicking on stage and offers some great ways of dealing with it. It’s insightful and actionable and it’s going to help you out. 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. This is a great improv for beginners tip.

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Jully Lee is an actor, director, and the Artistic Director of COLD TOFU, the nation’s first and longest-running Asian American improv and sketch comedy troupe (founded in 1981). She’s performed in over 30 plays on stage and directed with over a dozen theatre companies throughout Los Angeles. On-screen, some of her fun TV credits include The Kominsky Method, Henry Danger, Reno 911!, Veep, Prank My Mom, I’m Sorry, Gilmore Girls, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (where she played an improv instructor teaching prison inmates “Zip Zap Zop!”)

Last month, she wrote and directed her first-ever filmed comedy sketch “API Jeopardy” with COLD TOFU for the inauguration event celebrating the new “Asian American Studies” major at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

She’s been performing improv and sketch comedy with COLD TOFU for the last 15 years and has improvised on stages at Impro, Groundlings, Second City, iO West, Revolution, Aratani Theatre, East West Players, Company of Angels, The Seattle Center, and Asian American Theatre Company (SF), The Grammy Museum, Pacific Asia Museum, and a bunch of other museums and college campuses.  After 15 years, improv still freaks her out, but she’s learned a lifetime of lessons from the work. She continues to learn with every class she takes and every class she teaches and is fully committed to COLD TOFU’s vision of providing a home and training center for actors and non-actors who wish to explore comedy and improvisation in a safe and stimulating environment while strengthening a community built on inclusion and representation.
Upcoming in 2021:
·         Directing a virtual reading of QUESTION 27, QUESTION 28 by Chay Yew, presented by Artists At Play and the Japanese American National Museum on January 7.
·         She’s in the feature film ILLEGAL which is currently playing in select theatre but will be out on VOD starting January 12.
·         Shooting an episode of in Season 2 of sketch comedy series I THINK YOU SHOULD LEAVE on Netflix on January 26.

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