I’m really excited to share some news. While we’re in India Sage will be doing a little teaching. The first one to announce is in Bangalore where she’ll be offering a workshop through Improv Comedy Bangalore. Day one will be about the art of storytelling. The second day will be teaching one of my favourite improv formats: Armando.
The concept behind Armando is really simple. A single person goes up on stage and gets a suggestion from the audience – often in the form of a single word that is meant to inspire them about a short true story. So, for example, if the word is “Lemon” the person may think “Lemon reminds me of lemonade.” and then tell a short story about that time they had a lemonade stand with their best friend as a kid. They spend a few minutes telling this short story and then they leave the stage.
Once they leave the stage, a group of improvisers takes their place. They use various details from the story to create their own scenes. For example, the storyteller might provide a true detail in the story about when a neighbour complained that they were not supposed to have a lemonade stand on their street. The improvisers may take that detail, heighten it a little, and create a scene about a whole division in the police force devoted to shutting down “illegal operations” run by schoolchildren: lemonade stands, kids playing marbles (gambling!), and tutoring younger children (operating unauthorized educational organizations). After a few scenes, the improviser may get up on stage again and tell another short story that gives the improvisers more details to play with.
It’s a really fun format – very entertaining to watch. I’ve been lucky enough to even have seen parts of my own life re-interpreted by improvisers – seeing what parts of Sage’s stories about us and both her and our lives stick out in their minds
If you’re in Bangalore, I recommend this workshop – and of course would love to see you as well.