Improvisers are known for making things up on the spot, but the art form itself is so transient. Even after the best shows, the audience and performers are left with only memories and that “you had to be there feeling.” Many improvisers, however, have taken the skills and sensibilities they learned and honed in improv and have plied them in new ways creating art that is more enduring and permanent. In this illuminating interview series veteran improviser Paul Vaillancourt talks to some of those improvisers discover how their improv skill influencing the art that they’re making off the improv stage.
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2:40 Interview Starts
3:20 Gina’s move to LA
6:40 Gina discovers improv
11:25 Gina tells WHY she keeps coming back to Improv
29:58 Gina’s advice to aspiring writers
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Paul Vaillancourt is the author of “The Triangle of the Scene”.
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Gina is a comedy writer who has written for such shows as the Emmy-award winning animated Cartoon Network series Regular Show, the 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls, Awesomeness TV’s female-driven sketch comedy series Hacking High School, the Hulu original series The Morning After, and the ABC digital series Paper Dolls. With partner Skander Halim, she has also written for the Disney channel live-action show, Bunk’d, CBS’ revival of Murphy Brown, and is currently on her second season writing on CBS’ The Unicorn. Gina has studied, performed, coached, and taught improv and sketch comedy at theaters around LA, including UCB, iO West, Second City, The Pack, Nerdist, The Improv Space, and The Clubhouse. Gina’s first comedy graphic novel, which she co-wrote with her friend and sometime collaborator, Haley Mancini, was released in March 2019.