ZMACK CHRISTMAS

Last Zmack Show of 2014!

This Friday night, Zmack wants to be the FIRST to wish you a Merry Christmas and kick off the season Zmack-style! So we’ve invited Shanghai Tickler’s MIKE CORAYER to join us, PLUS the return of Zmack’s Music Master JAMES COWAN!

BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE! Sherpa’s will be giving away valuable Sherpa’s cash during the show – Order delicious food delivered during the cold wet holiday season, it saves you more time for Christmas shopping!
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Join us for a night of musical improv comedy, special guests and surprises – PLUS you can join Zmack as we sing your favorite Christmas Carols!

 

This Friday-With Michael Corayer
“Harvard’s Own” MICHAEL CORAYER moved from Boston to Shanghai in 2008 intending to stay a year, and he still hasn’t managed to pull himself away. Since moving here Mike has played trumpet with Rainbow Danger Club, co-founded The Shanghai Tickler comedy group (which you can find at 390 every Tuesday night), and has somehow managed to keep his day job teaching psychology. 
This Friday get your holiday spirit grooving as Mike and James bring the music back to Zmack! COME WATCH US MAKE STUFF UP AND BE FUNNY.

Plus the delicious, filling, and intoxicating 390 food and drink specials you know and love!

And remember, if the delicious 390 food is not enough, you could win valuable Sherpa’s vouchers!

Zmack’s EARLY CHRISTMAS PRESENT – With Comedian MIKE CORAYER!

Friday 5 December 8:30pm

50 RMB

390 Bar and Café 390 Panyu Lu (NearFahuazhen Lu)

12月5日周五晚上8点半

地址:上海市宁区番禺路390号。地10线交通大学站5号口10。公交:71936925127到延安西路定西路站10

PLUS REMEMBER YOUR ZMACK FAMILY CARD! Earn 7 stamps and get a FREE show!
ZMACK Friday

ZMACK MOVES TO FRIDAYS! This week with COLIN HANNA

Zmack moves to FRIDAY NIGHTS beginning this week!  That’s right, the Zmackers are here to help you kick off the weekend right!  And this week, our special ZmackPlus guest is comedian COLIN HANNA!
This week with Colin Hanna
Hailing from the snowy wastes of the Great White North, Canadian COLIN HANNA has lived in Shanghai for 4 years where he writes for money, performs comedy for fun, and loves you all due to a psychological compulsion.  He’s one of the three founders of the SHANGHAI TICKLER comedy conglomerate, where he can be seen every Tuesday night at 390 slaving over a hot microphone for YOU!

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This Friday you can join Colin as he dusts off his high school improv training and joins Zmack onstage for ZmackPLUS!  It’s an all-new Friday night of Zmacktastic improv comedy, now with extra Canadianism!  COME WATCH US MAKE STUFF UP AND BE FUNNY

COLIN HANNA
Zmack演出时间改为每周五晚上8点半
本周五嘉宾脱口秀演员Colin Hanna
来自白雪兮兮寒冷的加拿大北部的Colin Hanna在上海已经生活了四年;在上海除了做本职工作写作填饱肚子之外,他把所有的时间都献给了表演喜剧和脱口秀这一骨灰级的爱好。他是Shanghai Tickler的三位创始人之一,该喜剧表演团队在每周二晚上都会在390酒吧有精彩的演出。 本周五晚上8点半Zmack即兴喜剧社请来了这位滑稽的演员加入,将会有什么不同的场景出现呢?我们敬请期待!

Plus the delicious,filling,and intoxicating 390 food and drink specials you know and love!
Zmack PLUS Featuring Colin Hanna
Friday 7 November 8:30pm
50 RMB
390 Bar and Café 390 Panyu Lu (Near Fahuazhen Lu)

11月7日周五晚上8点半
地址:上海市长宁区番禺路390号。地铁10号线交通大学站5号口10分钟。公交:71,936,925,127到延安西路定西路站10分钟

PLUS REMEMBER YOUR ZMACK FAMILY CARD!  Earn 7 stamps and get a FREE show!
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First Annual Shanghai Improv Festival, October 23-26

The Shanghai Improv Festival begins Thursday!

Zmack and the People’s Republic of Comedy are proud to present the First Annual Shanghai Improv Festival, October 23-26.

Featuring SEVEN improv comedy teams from across Asia!
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PLUS Shanghai’s premier comedy teams- PRC and Zmack- join together onstage for the first time to kick off the festival as an improv SUPER TEAM!
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Each show only 50RMB!

Thursday, Friday and Sunday shows at
390 CAFE AND BAR
390 Panyu Lu near Fahuazhen Lu
地址:上海市长宁区番禺路390号。地铁10号线交通大学站5号口10分钟
公交:71,936,925,127到延安西路定西路站10分钟

Saturday shows at
KUNG FU KOMEDY CLUB
5F,219Jinxian lu,near Shanxi nanlu
卢湾区进贤路219号5楼近陕西南路

{For IMPROV WORKSHOPS: For information or to register, email
elva@zmack.net – spaces are limited}

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Storytelling for Everyone

每个人都有一个故事可以和大家分享,有些人有很多故事可以分享,但是当想要和大家讲的时候突然不知道要讲些什么,明明很精彩的故事,讲出来却索然无味。来自芝加哥的Jeanne和Scott除了周六的高级即兴表演课程之外,周日为大家带来“人人都爱讲故事”的工作坊。来告诉大家如何把自己的故事形象,生动以及富有声音魅力的讲出来。

 

Storytelling for Everyone
Cost: Early Bird 350 RMB
At the door (based on availability) 450 RMB

Date: Sunday, September 28, 13:30-16:30 PM
Location: 390Bar
Payment Details: contact elva@zmack.net or curt@zmack.net

Description:
Everyone has a story to tell. Most people have many stories to tell. Whether for performance, presentation, persuasion or for just entertaining your peers, learning how to tell your story and how to tell it well is truly empowering. In this fun, interactive workshop we will help you develop your unique voice, find your story, craft it, and tell it well.

Participants will be introduced to the basics of story structure, will mine their memories for long-dormant stories and will learn simple ways for telling authentic tales to a range of audiences. Participants need not prepare a story in advance but if they have one, they are welcome to bring it. Ideally, it should be no longer than six minutes. Those with no experience, a little bit, or lots of it are equally welcome. Please bring a pen and paper.

Registration via Eventbrite :
http://www.eventbrite.com/o/jeanne-lambin-6127795393?s=22478139 or by e-mail at curt@zmack.net

关于培训师Jeanne 和Scott:

Check the workshop descriptions and Jeanne and Scott’s biographies below.

Jeanne Lambin

Jeanne Lambin is a storyteller,improviser, acclaimed presenter and award winning educator. In April, sheestablished Lamb Ink a small, Hong Kong based company which teaches individuals and organizations improvisation and storytelling. A native of Chicago, Ms. Lambin studied at iO with the legendary Del Close. She is proud to consider the improv capital of the world home. She has performed, presented and conducted workshops in the US, Europe and Asia. Ms. Lambin’s workshops have been described as “amazing,” “powerful,” and “great fun.” Her work has been featured in the Hong Kong’s Top Notch Storytelling Festival, Liar’s League HongKong, Literary Death Match, the Art’s House World Voices Presents and the NewYork Times. She is a co-organizer of Hong Kong Storytellers and is also a founding member of the Elgin Street Players, also based in Hong Kong. Ms. Lambin performs as part of Hong Kong’s People’s Liberation Improv and is proud to be an honorary member of the Shanghai-based improv team, ZMACK.

She has also worked as a location scout,tour guide, archaeologist, curator, tarot-card reader, busker and college professor. When not working, she enjoys travel, reading, kayaking and running, not necessarily in that order or at the same time.

Scott Whitehair

Scott Whitehair is a one of Chicago’s most in-demand storytellers. He has been featured at dozens of venues,including the historic Green Mill jazz club, Second City, the Steppenwolf Theater, the Woodstock Opera House, IO Theater, New York’s Webster Hall,Victory Gardens Theater, and the Park West, to name just a few. Scott has also appeared on NPR, Chicago Public Radio, WGN Radio, FOX’s Good Day Chicago,WNIT PBS, and on The Risk! Podcast.

Scott is a frequently featured performer at nearly every storytelling event in the city, including, but not limited to: Write Club, Here’s The Story, Grown Folks Stories, Story Club, That’s All She Wrote, Second Story, Essay Fiesta, Stoop Style Stories, and The Blackout Diaries. He is a multiple Moth SLAM Chicago winner and has competed in two Moth Grand Slam events. Scott was runner-up at The 2012 Windy City Story Slam All-City Championships and won the 2009 WNEP Maelstrom contest in Three Oaks. Scott has also been a part of The Fillet of Solo Festival, The Chicago Theater Conference, Printer’s Row Lit Fest, Rhino Fest, Illinois Storytelling Festival, Chicago Ideas Week, Chicagos Writer Conference, and The Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference.

Scott is one of Chicago’s most prolific producers of storytelling events. He is the producer and co-host of This Much Is True, one of the city’s longest running and most popular storytelling series in the city. Over the last 6 years, TMIT has featured guests ranging from former SNL cast members to world famous theologians in front of standing room only audiences. Scott also created Story Lab Chicago, a showcase for new storytellers that has featured over 250 exciting new voices since its inception in 2011. His open mic Do Not Submit has become the go-to for storytellers looking to improve their craft. He was the producer of Adult Education for the Acorn Theater in Michigan, and is the creator Old School/NewSchool, a quarterly event pairing a veteran teller of 25+ years and a fresh new voice. Scott is also the producer of The Chicago’s Biggest Liars Contest,which sold out a 450 seat venue for its 25th anniversary in May.

Scott has received improv training at IO Theater, The Annoyance Theater, and Second City. He was a member of the IO harold team Callous and performed with house team Mort at The Playground Theater. He was an ensemble member of Theatre Momentum, pushingboundaries with experimental longform improv for the 2010-2011 season. Scott performed in the Chicago Improv Festival in 2009.

As an instructor, Scott has worked closely with hundreds of new storytellers. His personal narrative class, Storytelling For Everyone, has consistently sold out over the last several years, and his one-day intensives have drawn rave reviews from participants throughout the Midwest. He has facilitated workshops for a wide variety of non-profits,businesses, and schools, including the Golden Apple Foundation, 826 Chicago,The Latin School of Chicago, Chicago Cares, and The Spertus Institute. Scotthas also served as a private storytelling coach to professionals seeking to develop their communication skills in a business setting.

 

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RUIJIN CAJUN COMEDY JAMBOREE featuring ZMACK

吃货有福了!Zmack不仅为大家带来精彩的演出,更为大家带来让人垂涎欲滴的美食!想吃正宗美国南部的美食?这次可不要错过了!来自美国的超级大厨亲自来到390酒吧的厨房为大家带来饕餮美食!所有香肠以及调味酱都是家庭秘制,不是市面上买得到的哦!菜单和细节请往下翻!

RUIJIN CAJUN COMEDY JAMBOREE featuring ZMACK

Saturday September 27

150RMB presale/200RMB door-includes dinner,drink and show

Dinner served 7:30- 8:30

Show begins 8:30pm

390 Bar and Café

390 Panyu Lu near Fahuazhen lu

150RMB预售票,200RMB门口售票(包含晚餐,演出和一杯酒水)

晚餐7点半到8点半

演出8点半到10点

地址:上海市长宁区番禺路390号近法华镇路。地铁10号线交通大学站5号口10分钟。
公交:71,936,925,127到延安西路定西路站10分钟

 

Payment: Taobao link http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=0.0.0.0.AdYNor&id=41140085815

Or Contact Elva, add wechat:15000017652

The hottest pop-up restaurant in town teams up with Shanghai’s hometown comedy team for a night of food and fun! Enjoy your choice of New Orleans-style main dishes, plus dessert and cocktail, plus a musical comedy show from Zmack! (Presale tickets available from 390 Bar or contact elva@zmack.net)

[Menu]:

菜单:

Appetizer: 前菜
-Cup of Gumbo 路易斯安那州鸡肉汤

Mains: 主菜

-Andouille sausage on a toasted bun with Creole mustard

新奥尔良家庭秘制辣熏肠香肠烤面包配克理奥尔语芥末

-Swamp Dog: Andouille sausage on a toasted bun topped with shrimp étouffée and drizzled with remoulade

沼泽香肠:家庭秘制辣熏肠香肠烤面包配自制克里奥尔炖虾酱和浇蛋黄酱

-Moufflette Dog: Andouille sausage on a toasted bun topped with olive and pickled vegetable salad and provolone cheese

家庭秘制辣熏肠香肠烤面包上涂橄榄和腌蔬菜沙拉和波萝伏洛干酪

-Shrimp ‘n’ Andouille Cheesecake

鲜虾辣熏肠咸芝士蛋糕

-Bowl of Gumbo

路易斯安娜鸡肉汤

-Chicken ‘n’ Okra Creole served over fusilli pasta

鸡肉秋葵螺丝面

Dessert:

-Creole Bread Pudding topped with a Bourbon Whiskey Sauce
新奥尔良面包布丁配波本威士忌酱

Some pictures of the food:

Moufflette Dog:

Swamp dog:

Bread pudding:

Andouille Cheesecake:

照片仅做参考,以实物为准。

 

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Chicago Improv Class comes to Shanghai!Only four spaces left!

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Chicago Improv Class comes to Shanghai!

芝加哥原汁原味的即兴表演课程来到上海拉!

众所周知即兴表演起源于意大利街头艺术,兴起发展于芝加哥;芝加哥作为即兴表演的源头基地,培养了美国无数著名的即兴演员;而我们有幸请来了芝加哥从事即兴表演的两位艺术家Jeanne和Scott来到上海,为大家带来原汁原味的即兴表演课程。

Chicago improviser JEANNE LAMBIN returns to Shanghai on Saturday 27 September with another Chicago improviser, Scott Whitehair! They are teaming up to offer a 2-part advanced improv workshop.

This advanced improv workshop is for graduates of Zmack’s IMPROV 101, or those with beginner improv training. To learn if you are eligible for this workshop, please contact Curt Mabry at curt@zmack.net

Get in the Game I: Simple Strategies to Create Compelling Characters

Saturday 27 September 10:00-13:00

350RMB

Registration is limited to 12 participants(only 4 spaces left)

Location: 390Bar

第一讲:简单快速刻画令人印象深刻的人物角色

9月27日周六, 上午10点到下午1点

350RMB

课堂人数控制在12人以内(目前剩余位置4人)

Get in the Game 2:Play!

Saturday 27 September 14:00 – 17:00

350RMB

Registration is limited to 12 participants(only 4 spaces left)

Location: 390Bar

第二讲:玩中演绎

9月27日周六, 下午2点到5点(仅剩4个位置)

350RMB

课堂人数控制在12人以内

地址:390酒吧

Payment Information:

关于培训师Jeanne 和Scott:

Check the workshop descriptions and Jeanne and Scott’s biographies below.

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Jeanne Lambin

Jeanne Lambin is a storyteller,improviser, acclaimed presenter and award winning educator. In April, sheestablished Lamb Ink a small, Hong Kong based company which teaches individualsand organizations improvisation and storytelling. A native of Chicago, Ms. Lambin studied at iO with the legendary Del Close. She is proud toconsider the improv capital of the world home. She has performed, presented and conducted workshops in the US, Europe and Asia. Ms. Lambin’s workshops have been described as “amazing,” “powerful,” and “great fun.” Her work has been featured in the Hong Kong’s Top Notch Storytelling Festival, Liar’s League HongKong, Literary Death Match, the Art’s House World Voices Presents and the NewYork Times. She is a co-organizer of Hong Kong Storytellers and isalso a founding member of the Elgin Street Players, also based in Hong Kong. Ms. Lambin performs as part of Hong Kong’s People’s Liberation Improv andis proud to be an honorary member of the Shanghai-based improv team, ZMACK.

She has also worked as a location scout,tour guide, archaeologist, curator, tarot-card reader, busker and collegeprofessor. When not working, she enjoys travel, reading, kayaking andrunning, not necessarily in that order or at the same time.

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Scott Whitehair

Scott Whitehair is a one of Chicago’s most in-demand storytellers. He has been featured at dozens of venues,including the historic Green Mill jazz club, Second City, the Steppenwolf Theater, the Woodstock Opera House, IO Theater, New York’s Webster Hall,Victory Gardens Theater, and the Park West, to name just a few. Scott has also appeared on NPR, Chicago Public Radio, WGN Radio, FOX’s Good Day Chicago,WNIT PBS, and on The Risk! Podcast.

Scott is a frequently featured performer at nearly every storytelling event in the city, including, but not limited to: Write Club, Here’s The Story, Grown Folks Stories, Story Club, That’s AllShe Wrote, Second Story, Essay Fiesta, Stoop Style Stories, and The BlackoutDiaries. He is a multiple Moth SLAM Chicago winner and has competed in two Moth Grand Slam events. Scott was runner-up at The 2012 Windy City StorySlam All-City Championships and won the 2009 WNEP Maelstrom contest in ThreeOaks. Scott has also been a part of The Fillet of Solo Festival, TheChicago Theater Conference, Printer’s Row Lit Fest, Rhino Fest, Illino is Storytelling Festival, Chicago Ideas Week, Chicagos Writer Conference, and TheAssociation of Writers & Writing Programs Conference.

Scott is one of Chicago’s most prolificproducers of storytelling events. He is the producer and co-host of This Much Is True, one of the city’s longest running and most popular storytellingseries in the city. Over the last 6 years, TMIT has featured guests rangingfrom former SNL cast members to world famous theologians in front of standingroom only audiences. Scott also created Story Lab Chicago, a showcase fornew storytellers that has featured over 250 exciting new voices since its inception in 2011. His open mic Do Not Submit has become the go-to for storytellers looking to improve their craft. He was the producer of Adult Education for the Acorn Theater in Michigan, and is the creator Old School/NewSchool, a quarterly event pairing a veteran teller of 25+ years and a fresh newvoice. Scott is also the producer of The Chicago’s Biggest Liars Contest,which sold out a 450 seat venue for its 25th anniversary in May.

Scott has received improv training at IO Theater, The Annoyance Theater, and Second City. He was a member of the IO harold team Callous and performed with house team Mort at The Playground Theater. He was an ensemble member of Theatre Momentum, pushingboundaries with experimental longform improv for the 2010-2011 season. Scott performed in the Chicago Improv Festival in 2009.

As an instructor, Scott has worked closely with hundreds of new storytellers. His personal narrative class, Storytelling For Everyone, has consistently sold out over the last several years, and his one-day intensives have drawn rave reviews from participants throughout the Midwest. He has facilitated workshops for a wide variety of non-profits,businesses, and schools, including the Golden Apple Foundation, 826 Chicago,The Latin School of Chicago, Chicago Cares, and The Spertus Institute. Scotthas also served as a private storytelling coach to professionals seeking todevelop their communication skills in a business setting.

 

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英文即兴和中文即兴的强烈碰撞,中国即兴剧的王者之路!

 

海派清口? No

80后说相声? No 

留美脱口秀? No

我们是芝麻控!我们玩即兴!

我们要演什么?你说了算!

 芝麻控在被雪藏了7258个小时之后,在经历了神秘美国教练残酷的训练之后,整装待发,以全新的面貌出现在各位观众面前。

青出于蓝而盛于蓝,在经历了800回合和美国教练激烈碰撞之后,我们走出了具有中国特色的即兴文化之路!

碰撞时时有,今朝尤其多。比如神一样的对话:

[演出公告]:

时间:9月13日,周六晚上8点

地点:Chill Out

淮海中路1632号(近湖南路)

1632Huaihai zhong lu(near Hunan lu)

地铁十号线上海图书馆站对面

门票:免费

请加芝麻控公众微信“芝麻控”预留座位,预留座位者我们会保留座位到8点。

8:00PM,Saturday 13 September!!

FREE BILINGUAL IMPROV COMEDY! Chinese! English! Gibberish! Music! Shanghai hua!!

ZMK returns with new styles, new games, and new members!

PLUS the coolest new venue, CHILL OUT! BE A SESAME ADDICT- follow the ZhiMaKong wechat for more details! 

History of Improv:

Improv has its origins in Commedia del’Arte, a type of street theater popular in Italy in the 16th century. In the late 1800s, famous drama teachers such as Konstantin Stanislav sky used these techniques for training actors. In the 1940s, an American drama teacher named Viola Spolin began developing more improvised theater exercises as performance pieces as well as for training. Her son, Paul Sills, used the techniques from her book Improvisation for the Theater, for performances with his theater troupe The Compass Players in Chicago, which led to Sills’ founding of The Second City, one of the world’s most famous improv organizations. The modern Chicago improvisational comedy movement grew from their success, which is why comedy improv theater is often considered to have come from Chicago.

在很久很久以前即兴表演起源于一种意大利街头剧场,却真正兴起和发展于美国芝加哥。由于其接地气的表演形式,每个人都可以学习和练习即兴表演;通过即兴表演的练习,可以锻炼勇气,合作精神,反应能力;而Yes,and的精神,让我们拥有积极的人生态度,发现真我,寻找自己内心深处的自己。即兴表演的练习不是让我们成为优秀的别人,而是让我们成为完美的自己!

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ZMACK THURSDAYS RETURN


The Zmackers are BACK this September!

Come join Zmack Thursday nights this fall for new games,songs and styles; plus the improv hit games you know and love.

 

Plus the 390 food and drink specials. (mmmmm Zmackburgers)

ZMACK PRESENTS

THRILLING THURSDAY COMEDY

Thursdays in September

(September 4th, 11th, 18th)

Show starts at 8:30pm

Admission 50RMB

390 Bar and Café

390 PanyuLu (near Fahuazhen Lu)

5 minutes walk from Jiaotong University Metro Station

 

地址:上海市长宁区番禺路390号。地铁10号线交通大学站5号口10分钟。
公交:71,936,925,127到延安西路定西路站10分钟

 

Robin Williams RIP

The World Loses a Genius. RIP Robin Williams

Hearing the news of Robin Williams death by his own hand was difficult.  It hit me like a physical punch to the chest.  I had to stop what I was doing to process this.

Robin Williams was much more than a comedian, or a comedy actor.  Among other things, he was a great writer, dramatic actor and (most importantly to me) a legendary improviser.

I first discovered Robin Williams in the late 1970s when he guest-starred on HAPPY DAYS as an alien from the planet Ork, plaguing Richie and Fonzie before jumping forward in time and shacking up with a pretty Colorado girl in the sitcom MORK AND MINDY.  As a child I lived for this show every week, and came to admire his rapid-fire spontaneity.

Robin Williams star rose quickly after that, spurring along his stand-up career and bringing Hollywood knocking with movie offers. Entertainment media reported that much of the contributions of this rising star were improvised, spur-of-the-moment nuggets he would riff in front of the camera between takes.

Being a fan of Robin Williams introduced me to his hero and mentor, Jonathan Winters, one of the legends of improvisation.  This may have been my first exposure to the craft of improv.  I devoured Winters, Carlin, SCTV, and of course Saturday Night Live.

Williams taught us that an improve-trained actor can work in many arenas – from drama (The World According to Garp, Dead Poet’s Society), to heart-touching biographical work (Patch Adams), to commentary on issues that mattered to Americans (Good Morning Vietnam), and even becoming an icon in the Disney pantheon as the unhinged motormouth genie in Aladdin.  Most recently, Williams showed us that being 64 years old does not stop the creative juices of an improviser when he joined Sarah Michelle Gellar in the David E Kelley sitcom The Crazy Ones. 

But as many of us often forget, the most creative people are often driven by or escaping from darkness in their own minds.  Depression and mental illness are real, painful afflictions that our most modern medical science still barely can understand.  How fortunate we are that so many people who struggle in pain choose to use that pain to create, and by doing so enrich our lives with art and beauty.

Robin Depression

In the few hours since the discovery of his body and the initial reports of suicide, much has been posited on social media about suicide, depression, and the ‘rights and wrongs’ of the situation.  In my opinion, depression is not a cowardly or stupid act, but sadly is the result of an individual badly in need of help but unsure how to ask for it.  For Robin Williams, I hope he has found peace, and I envy the legions of angels that are no doubt by now laughing their wings off to a command performance by one of the geniuses of the 20th century and beyond.

I encourage you to explore the body of work Robin Williams left behind, and be amazed by the sheer volume of intelligent and hilarious entertainment from the fertile mind of this single man.  As you do so, consider the demons that plague us all, and understand that different people suffer different afflictions – and we rarely see what’s seething beneath the surface.  Take a moment to let your friends, colleagues and family know that you appreciate them – lift them up and remind them once again that you are proud to be part of their support system.

The Zmack Family sheds a tear for this great loss, and here by dedicates our September 4th debut show of Zmack’s fall season to this improv legend.  Rest in peace, Robin.

Robin Williams Heaven

 

 

As remembered by Curt Mabry, Zmack Comedy Executive Director

All images are copyright to their respective owners, and are reposted here with gratitude and respect.

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Fundamentals of Improv (and Life): TRUST by Curt

DSC02300 copy“Performers need to have the utmost respect for one another- that if they treat each other like geniuses, poets and artists; they can become that.” – Del Close

After many Zmack shows, one remark that is commonly heard goes something like “I was so amazed when you did________, how in the world were you able to do that? I could NEVER do that!”

In fact, it’s easy to make the strangest and riskiest choices you can imagine, because we have a strong bond of trust running throughout the team. When you know that you have 4 or 5 performers waiting behind you, ready to say YES to the strangest choices you make, you realize that in fact anything is possible.

Many people assume that the trust the Zmack team exhibits is due to our long hours of practice and rehearsal. This is not the case, however– Zmack has often leaped on stage with strangers from other improv teams – and even audience members completely unfamiliar with improv – with equally amazing results.

Trust does not come from time or effort – these things can strengthen trust, just as some actions and decisions can weaken or even break it. However, trust is first and foremost a CHOICE. You make a choice to trust someone, or to be trust worthy, or to trust yourself.

Legendary improv guru Del Close addressed trust by insisting that if we treat our fellow performers – and our audience – as poets and geniuses, then that is what they will become.

Often we mistakenly get trust mixed up with expectations. We often trust people to be who we want them to be – and when they are not, we feel let down, disappointed, and feel like the trust has been broken somehow. The key is to get to know people and trust them to be who they are.

A workplace atmosphere of trustworthiness is a workplace of efficiency and productivity. A workplace without trust, however, creates MORE work and LESS productivity. When you do not choose to trust, you are operating at less than 100 percent.. This results in worry, anxiety, and nervousness.

To increase trust in your work and life relationships, consider the following principles:

  • Truth and Transparency:Open and honest communication about all things.
  • Equal Partnership and collaboration: Work together to create goals and methodologies. Share values and visions.Acknowledge people and give credit.
  • The bigger picture: See others points ofview, do not focus only on your own.
  • Long-term Relationships: Yes, time strengthens trust, but that is due to multiple transactions and interactions,each of which is begins with a mutual decision to trust.
  • The most important aspect of trust also seems to be the most difficult for many people –Letting go of control. Again, this is a choice.

Trust comes from within, and you have to trust yourself first. Then,the choice to trust others comes much more easily.

Try saying – and meaning – ‘Yes, and’ to yourself and others. With regular practice this habit will allow you to quickly and easily make the choice to trust.

To learn more about AGREEMENT, TRUST, CHIVALRY,RISK-TAKING and the other fundamentals of improvisation and how they can improve your work and life, join the all-new Zmack Comedy School IMPROV 101 –Curt’s all-new course begins 13th July