01 – Game – Framing and Justifications

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Identifying and playing the game of a scene is the foundation of long-form improv: the improvisors must agree on what’s fun about the scene before they can really explore that game. This episode explains the importance of two fundamental parts of game: framing the game and justifying weird behavior. Featuring interviews with Achilles Stamatelaky, Nicole Drespel, James Dwyer, Sebastian Conelli, Joey Price, Lui Vega, Morgan Phillips, Lydia Hensler, Lily Du, and Bill DiPiero. Hosted by Curtis Retherford.

2 thoughts on “01 – Game – Framing and Justifications

  1. I’m enjoying the podcast. Occasionally, it does feel like the ground is being covered super quickly, which may be a necessary aspect in order to get everyone in. When the interviewer and the guest are already on the same page there’s no real need to go into detail. The in between explanations help a little.

  2. Amazing podcast. As a student, I find this so helpful and I’ve only listened to the first episode so far! I’m currently nearing the end of my 201 class at UCB Los Angeles. I’ve wanted to walk out of every single session because I felt like the concepts were going over my head. Sometimes it feels like I’m progressing too slow or not at all. However, each interviewee breaks down (along with their examples) the game, accusation, justification, framing, etc. so well that it’s renewed my excitement for learning and doing improv. I’m taking notes and will be listening to this podcast on repeat.
    Thank you so much! Genuinely appreciate it.

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