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July 28th, 2008 · 12 Comments

During writing class at Second City, one of the exercises was creating characters based on various “triggers”. My friend Kristen from Philadelphia created a robot. This made me realize that I have NEVER seen an improv scene with a robot in it, even in science fiction scenes. Or a scene between robots.

This is something I am definately bringing back : scenes with robots.

What about you ? What do you NEVER see in improv scenes ?

Oh and about robots : I already talked about Flight of the Conchords, but check this out. And please check out Story Robot, which is an awesome improv blog.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Martin // Jul 28, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Hey, Ian.
    It seems to me that we already experienced such a scene in the “Nous” show.
    But it also seems to me that the scene was a bit crappy, so you could have written “I have NEVER seen a GOOD improv scene with a robot in it”.

    :-)

  • 2 Ian // Jul 28, 2008 at 10:48 am

    I don’t remember that scece…

  • 3 Nabla // Jul 28, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Hello!
    We did at least two scenes with robot with my other group, 6 Pieds sur Terre…

    I don’t remember either the scene you’re talking about, Martin.

    But I remember a scene done during a Match (it was not us), with a guy playing a robot and repeating to a doll that he finally decapitate ’s’il-te-plait’, ‘tu veux être mon ami?’…

    But yes, bring it with you! It’s always interesting!

    Oh, and I think your French group misses you too.

  • 4 Ian // Jul 28, 2008 at 11:04 am

    Yes! The robot scene. But it was actually an “automate”, not an actual robot in my mind…

    And it’s obvious you guys at 6 Pieds do Robot scenes because you have dancers in your group, and obviously they allknow the robot dance…

    I want too see a scene with robots talking about their miserable conditions as slaves, or their impossible love with a human, or…

  • 5 Martin // Jul 28, 2008 at 11:05 am

    Wasn’t there a scene about a bottling company in the future ?
    With two prisoners and one robot escaping the prison-factory ?

    (What an innovative and flabbergasting intrigue…).

  • 6 vinnyfrancois // Jul 28, 2008 at 1:58 pm


  • 7 vinnyfrancois // Jul 28, 2008 at 1:59 pm

    Let me try again:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtfQg4KkR88

  • 8 Finpoil // Jul 28, 2008 at 10:33 pm

    When I want to see some good sci-fi scenes from my students (with robots with metaphysical problems, Ian!) I teach Jules Vernes, Philip K. Dick and Jodorowsky.
    You certainly want something more than just two R2-D2 talking about their oil problems. Robots with minds and personal insight, that rocks!

  • 9 Ian // Jul 28, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Vinny: “I put a wig on you, and I just laid there and spooned you.” Priceless…

    Finpoil: Yes! Robots with metaphysical questions that just bounce our humanity back at our face! Oh, the irony!

  • 10 Kristen Schier // Jul 29, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    wow - - i feel even more special now.

    once you go robots you never go back.

  • 11 Ian // Jul 30, 2008 at 1:54 am

    Of course you’re special…

  • 12 Ryan // Jul 30, 2008 at 3:43 am

    Ca m’étonne que t’aies jamais joué de robots… ;)

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