Rebecca Montalvo | Chicago Reader

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Re: “Why improv is neither funny nor entertaining, according to a stand-up comedian

Improvising is hard. Yes, there will be plenty of bad shows, because it takes a long ass time to get good at it. Even when I see a "bad improv" show, I still cheer them on hard. I also admire the amount of courage it takes to be "bad" at something, because...guess what they are trying. I had to leave improv for a decade, because of how bad I thought and still think I am at it. I keep cheering the bad shows on so that this new crop of improvisers doesn't give up. You should take up Susan on her offer.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Posted by Rebecca Montalvo on 12/22/2017 at 11:12 AM

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