Interview with Jimmy Carrane – Chicago Improviser

Interview with Jimmy Carrane – Chicago Improviser
Zmack met with the well-known and respected improviser Jimmy Carrane in Chicago, USA.
Jimmy Carrane has been an improviser for over 30 years. He is a comedian, actor, improv performer, author and teacher. His best-known books are Improvising Better and Improv Therapy. His regular podcast “Improv Nerd” has thousands of fans from all over the world. He is the creator of ‘Art of Slow Comedy,’ a method of training improvisers. Many improvisers come to Chicago from around the world to take his improv class every year.

1. Do you think someone has to be clever to do improv?
Jimmy: No, absolutely not.

2. There are so many different forms of improv,which one do you think is the best?
Jimmy: Forms don’t matter, scenes matter. So scene work is the most important thing.

3. What are your hobbies besides improv?
Jimmy: Haha… yes, I like reading and writing, and I also like sports and movies.

4. How can studying improve benefit a person who doesn’t want to be a professional improviser?
Jimmy: Improv helps a person to lead a interesting life.

5. What was the improve scene like when it started in Chicago? Jimmy: People didn’t understand what improv is… when you told people you were doing improv, they think; “Is that stand up? Some kind of talk show?” There are now 5 professional improv theatres and schools in Chicago, and hundreds improv teams now.
Improv Nerd (Live show)

Learn more about Jimmy Carrane at jimmycarrane.com – you can read his blog about life as an improviser, and listen to his regular podcast IMPROV NERD where he interviews and performs with professional improvisational actors. His books are also available online at amazon.com

Interview with David Pasquesi-Chicago improviser

Zmack met with the well-known and respected improviser David Pasquesi at Lincoln Park in Chicago, USA.
David Pasquesi (born December 22, 1960) is a comedian, actor and voice over actor living in Chicago.
David Pasquesi is known for his work in improvisational theatre, voice acting, theater, films and television. HIs recently released book《IMPROVISATION AT THE SPEED OF LIFE: THE TJ&DAVE BOOK》is also a well known text for improvisers.

He’s a veteran performer of The Second City, IO Theater, Improv Institute, and Annoyance Theatre. He studied under Del Close in the early 80s and became part of the first iO Harold team, Baron’s Barracudas.

He is best known as half of TJ & DAVE, one of the longest running and certainly the most popular improv show in the world. Along with his partner T J Jagodowski, he performs at least twice a week in the Mission Theater at iO Chicago.
1. You have been doing Improv for so long and you still perform on the stage all the time. Do you ever get tired of it?
Dave: I am really lucky to have my partner TJ. I never get tired of performing with him, and I am always happy to be on the stage with him.

2. As a member in Del Close’s first “Harold” team,what was improv like when it’s started?
Dave: When it started, we only had around 35 people in the world who evern knew what a Harold was. Wow, I am so impressed that so many people are doing the Harold now. Like you from China, and I’ve talked with other improvisers from other country like Australia, Canada, etc.

3. Do you do improv with your kids?
Dave: Yes, I use games from improv play with my kids and I also use concepts from improv to raise them, such as chivalry, active listening, generosity…(Dave pauses, remembering a time when he took his son to Lincoln Park, where this interview takes place)Time flies… look at that hole on that tree. I still remember I brought my child here, and he used a toy Nerf gun to shoot at a squirrel. That squirrel picked up the Nerf bullet and threw into that hole, then sat and looked at my son as if to challenge him.

4. What does your family think about your work in Improv?
Dave: Haha…At the beginning they didn’t understand. The first time my father came to watch my show, he said “I’m surprised there are people who want to watch you; but I’m proud that people do want to watch you.”

5. What was the improv scene like when it started in Chicago?
Dave: People didn’t understand what improv is… When you told people you were doing improv, they asked; “Is that stand up? Some kind of talk show?” There are now 5 professional improv theatres and schools in Chicago, and hundreds improv teams now.