Written by Jacob Kaplan and Jamie Gore Pawlik
Janet: Tired mom who’s taking this class “for me.”
André: Actor who hopes improv will help him make more confident choices in his school’s upcoming production of The Crucible.
Izzy: Earnestly sings during her first scene to show everyone she has a good voice.
Greg: “Fun fact” is that he’s a recent widower.
Karl: Realizes the second week of class you don’t literally have to start every sentence with “Yes, and.”
Charlie: Retiree who plays ethnicity-specific characters.
Shoshanah: Gender studies major who will not sit idly by while everyone tries to move past Charlie’s “dry cleaner” impression (though he insists it’s beloved by his “Oriental friends.”)
Four 25-year-old White Guys Named Josh:
Josh R: Investment banker who watched a TED Talk on how improvisation can help with professional development.
Josh C: Go-to character is a woman always referring to her vagina.
Josh T : Sets every scene at a Mets game.
Josh L: Feels “limited” because “this class doesn’t cover game.”
“Danger Dan:” Gropes classmate mid-scene because “it’s what my character would do!”
Jillian: Has to stop her monologue because she’s laughing too hard at an inside joke with her family.
Jaipreet: Conveniently has to use the bathroom whenever it’s her time to go up.
Igor: Taking this class as an ESL recommended activity.
Rebecca: Really needs this one to work out.
Chelsea: The instructor. Wears overalls despite being 38.