the Avengers Initiation

The Avengers movie is about a group of disparate individuals thrown together by a shadowy organization who must somehow form a team and save the world. Just like an improv team! (if you haven’t seen the movie yet, or worse, you didn’t like it then this list will be terribly disappointing to you. Also, SPOILERS POSSIBLE)


Here are some things I learned about improv from the Avengers:


Even the smartest, funniest, most charming member needs help.

Everyone loves a two-person scene… give them some room and the humor will come.

Backstory is irrelevant if the audience is enjoying itself.

Try to avoid pop culture references (“Flying monkeys…”)

Anger is disruptive emotion. Try to avoid it (or you’ll wreck the helicarrier/show.)

If you believe in, and support, each other there’s nothing that can’t be done.

Confront your fears and the rewards will be wonderful.

The brother of your teammate is your enemy.

Have a spotter (know your space, know your audience, know the lighting system, et al.)

Even though it’s superhero etiquette, there’s no reason to fight amongst each other.

The entire team should go out to eat together.


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