Improv Tips #113 – Surrender (w/ David Razowsky) (2019)
Improv, Improv Comedy, Improvisation – whatever you call it, here at Improv Tips want to help. In this episode guest tipper David Razowsky explores the idea of “Surrender”, tells how it is different from “Abandoning” and gives some really actionable ways that you can be attentive to “Surrender” and use it in your work. Whether you’re doing long-form, short-form or any form in between ideas are going to come and go and the ability to know when to surrender na idea is going to be invaluable to improvisers of all levels.
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David Razowsky’s approach to improvisation: “I have a simple approach to improvising: Your present awareness is the only thing you need to create compelling, smart, truthful, and surprising scenes. Period. No games, no preconceived premises, no ideas, no ego. All that matters is now. The actor’s level of improvisation experience doesn’t matter, for all you need to bring to my workshop is your present presence. All you’ll leave with is your joy and excitement and confidence. And after all, what more do you need?”
David Razowsky is the former artistic director of the Second City Los Angeles, and the host of the award-winning podcast ADD Comedy with Dave Razowsky. His teaching and performing has taken him all over the world, from the US to Australia, Ireland, Italy, Germany, The Netherlands, the UK, and New Zealand, where he recorded a TEDx Auckland Talk (http://bit.ly/TEDxRazowsky). As an actor at The Second City David worked with Martin Short, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Rachel Dratch, Chris Farley, Amy Sedaris among others. He’s directed The Second City Mainstage, The Second City Hollywood, The Second City Detroit, and The Second City National Touring Company. He is a consultant for Dreamworks, a teacher for Steppenwolf Theater, adjunct faculty for California State University, and has directed two productions for Amsterdam’s Boom Chicago Theatre. David’s a member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company and performed in their Kennedy Center run of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged. He is presently writing a book based on his unique improv methodology.
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