Why "Game of the Scene" will change your Improv!
The suggestion is "cheese cake". You pull out two chairs out with the thought of doing some kind of scene about a birthday party. Your scene partner starts talking about how hard it is to be working for Eli's Cheese Cake Company. You could push forward with your idea of birthday party and make both ideas work. You try to also put your birthday idea in this scene. The both of you are just really talking to try to figure out what the scene is about. About 30 seconds have gone by before you figure out that you are ex lovers and NOW something is going on between you.
What if I told you that you could be on the same page as your scene partner from the first words uttered. That you could learn techniques that are only taught by the Theater's in NY like UCB.
The "Game of The Scene" as laid out by the UCB Improv Manual breaks it down this way. You initiate with a fully realized premise. You identify the first unusual thing. You frame that thing with your partner. You play the "Game". This is what we teach in our Apprentice Program (starting Sept 12). You can read more about it and register HERE