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Okay! I present here for improv nerdy delight and judgment a series of exercises on handling accusations in a scene. Each one evolved out of the previous one, and I think they’re each useful for different levels.
When I say “handling accusations” I mean treating accusations like gifts rather than an excuse to fight or to prove your character “right.”
And when I say “accusations” I mean both:
- Actual accusations, like: “Hey, Jeremy, YOU were supposed to invite people to this party!”
- And the related ‘explain this' statement which is less angry but still makes the other person 'weird': “Jeremy, I hired you to be the clown for my son's birthday party, why are you discussing philosophy with them?”
Both of these things can bait people into either being defensive or deflecting or fighting, so it’s good to practice responding to them.
(Also: great scene ideas in my examples, as always)
EXERCISE ONE: SUPER VILLAIN / MASTERMIND