On the first day of a new Level A term, I like to ask the students to tell me one cool thing about themselves, and to let me know why they decided to sign up for an improv class, because for a lot of people, a lot of thought has gone into the why. Some people have been waiting years to do it and have finally built up the confidence to sign up.
ANYWAY…I got an outstanding answer to both these questions today and it went a little something like this:
One cool thing about yourself?
Student: “I’m an accountant.”
Why did you sign up for improv?
“I want to be less like an accountant.”
I don’t encourage students to be funny, or clever when answering these questions. I’m just looking for something truthful, and in this very truthful answer, we all laughed our butts off.