Dick [entering the TV room]: You're doing it again? You're watching another one?
Roz [pausing the TV and laughing with joy]: Yes! And I'd do it all day if there were enough episodes.
That's right, I've always loved improv. I was a fan of the British show "Whose Line is it Anyway" and continued watching when Drew Carey brought out an American version (which can still be seen on ABC Family in reruns).
Well for the past week or so I've been checking out all the episodes I can of Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza on the Game Show Network (GSN). If you get this station I suggest you check it out as well, weeknights at 8 and 11 p.m. (eastern time). There are repeats at various times.
If you're one of those people who thinks TV is evil you've already stopped reading and that's fantastic, because I have nothing to say to you.
If on the other hand you love seeing creativity spring to life before your very eyes you need to see this show. In one episode I watched amazed as Ryan Styles ripped through 7 or 8 rapid fire "new choices," each one more amazing and appropriate than the last. ("New Choices" is a game where one comic/actor moderates the action of two other players by saying "new choice" whenever he wants them to do or say something different than what they just did or said.)
Each 30-minute episode is made up of several "games" that two or more of the comics/actors play; they take suggestions at various points from the audience. Chip Esten, Brad Sherwood, and Jeff Davis frequently play games where they make up songs on the spot and sing them with the help of an amazing muscian Bob Derkach. I just can't get enough of those musical games. (Bob's link is to a short promo for the show on YouTube where you can subscribe to get more videos about the show. I don't see how they are going to use YouTube at this point so I just suggest you go watch the shows.)
You can read more about Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza at Wiki, but here's the thing with comedy—you really just have to watch it. And if you thought you were quick on your toes, well here are some people who are really tap dancing on a high wire without a net. It's simply breathtakingly wonderful. You'll feel "lighter" and more inspired all day!