Is Every Improv Scene “Salvageable?”

Ben Noble
Ben Noble
Aug 1, 2016 · 5 min read

Check Your Assumptions

In the real world, on stage, in front of an audience, there are bad scenes. I’ve seen hundreds, and I’ve starred in just as many.

Following rules doesn’t always guarantee scenic success in the same way breaking them doesn’t always spell disaster.

The Last Time I Completely Bombed

“Salvage” is a Mindset

After thinking about this question all week, I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter. It’s a red herring.

Beginners spend a lot of time worrying about doing improv “right.” They worry about “doing something” in their scenes. They constantly analyze the scene from within, trying to check boxes of character, location, game, etc — all in an effort to…what? To win at improv?

Asking The Wrong Question


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I help busy 9–5ers make time to make the things that inspire them at immakingallthisup.com.

I’m Making All This Up

Connecting the dots between improvisation, creativity, and life.