Is It Me, or Are There More Articles About Improv in Major Media Lately

Everyone knows that improv is booming in Austin, but something gives me a feeling it might be booming all over. I feel like I’ve been seeing more improv-related articles in major media lately. So either there’s been some serious consciousness raising about improv or a lot of writers have started taking improv classes and want to write about it. Either way, it’s great. 

Here’s some links to my favorite articles lately:

Actor-Writer-Producer Felicia Day lists “FIVE THINGS I LEARNED IN 2010: 1) Improv will save your life.”

Oliver Sacks promoted brain fitness as a New Year’s resolution for 2011

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/19/magazine/19Industry-t.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=brainstorm&st=cse
In the Year in Ideas issue of the New York Times Magazine, there’s a great article about consultants bringing the ideas of Yes And to major corporations… for major bucks.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/16/theater/16improv.html
And actual article about improv and theater! Broadway to be exact.

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/07/05/100705fa_fact_friend
And although the full article isn’t available online, New Worker had a killer profile of Steve Carell, focusing on the immense value of improv in current comedy filmmaking.

Enjoy!

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Merlin Works is the brainchild of Shana Merlin: improviser, teacher, and performer. Since 1996, she’s been leading classes that stretch people’s imaginations, push them out of their comfort zones, and make them laugh out loud for hours at a time.
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