A very special show has been created in Omaha, and recently KC just tried it because they loved it so much. It’s called The Solo Cup, and it’s a line-up of 1-person improv sets.

It started with us getting really drunk and skunked and getting on stage at 3pm, performing improvised TED Talks to ourselves. After a couple of these, we added improvised poetry slams.

Performers were getting bored with just these two options, however, and we started making it be anything they wanted, as long as it’s improvised and lasts 1-3 minutes.

We didn’t imagine the audience would like it as much as we did, but we tried it, and they did. You might want to experiment with it a couple times yourself before headlining with it, though. It’s also best as the final performance of the night, instead of a typical jam.

Examples of more are: Excerpt from an audio book, reading from a diary, a sermon, a typical 1-person scene, a 6-character scene, a freestyle rap, and feel free to create your own.



It’s shaping up. #proud. @the_backline #comedy #improv

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"Elon Musk is a refreshing reminder of what capitalism and capitalists, can be."


Cool article about Musk, it’s a good overview for the new Elon Enthusiasts and drills down with a capitalists perspective on the impact of SpaceX and Tesla. Here’s a highlight from the article:

Considering all of this, Musk, is perhaps the epitome of what capitalism is supposed to be. While not exactly a rags-to-riches story – Musk came from the comfortable middle and professional classes much as fellow tech-titan Bill Gates and Steve Jobs did – he nonetheless is not a scion of plutocratic elites who earned their money the old fashion way by inheriting it. He is, like many of America’s great entrepreneurs, a man who was in the right place, at the right time, with the right knowledge, the right connections, and the right vision to turn an idea into world or potentially world-changing inventions or business.

What makes Musk an icon, however, is how he is so unlike the plutocrats on Wall Street who gain vast wealth through manipulating mere paper or the likes of oil and mining companies that merely extract naturally-occurring resources for processes and products invented and introduced a long time ago. Musk is instead on the cutting edge of creating something new and different. He is not trying to corner an existing market, as so many folks claiming to be capitalists today, are trying to do. Rather he is inventing entirely new markets that will benefit not just himself but, if he is successful, the entire world, too.

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Source: mintpressnews.com


Nebraskans be like…

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"Feel free to censor your actions, but never your reactions."

- Improv Etiquette

"The big thing that’s related to listening is you have to learn to collaborate on the funny and don’t worry about driving it. That’s the benefit of performing in a group."

- Matt Walsh  (via ucbcomedy)

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"Either listen, or leave."

- Improv Etiquette

"It’s so cliché, but I love the feeling you get from improv that anything can happen. The audience is already accepting that there are no props or costumes or furniture so the performers can be anywhere doing anything; cut from underground to space, and it doesn’t matter."

- Andy Daly  (via ucbcomedy)

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When I first moved back to Omaha, I saw a great quote by Warren Buffet that said basically not run a business like everyone else has, but rather to run it however you think it should be done.

I’ve taken this to heart at The Backline, and when it comes to how we do Harold teams, it’s no exception.

Our two Harold teams aren’t organic, but rather templates using the Harold structure. The Documentary and The Sitcom are both very clear as to their style, and each show is a documentary, or a sitcom.

Using the structure of the Harold, however, you get to see commercial breaks where group games would go, and things like that.



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