The Psychology of Improv

Learn how to practice free association to exercise and stretch your brain and release your ego. Improv is a special kind of medicine, one that can lead to a more courageous life. 

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Show Notes, TLDR

  1. How (performing) Improv can lead to a better life
  2. Ways to practice the tools Improv provides even in the comfort of your own home
  3. A special, one of a kind segment at the end of the episode you won’t want to miss
Amadeus and Zach

A conversation with Amadeus Dameron and Zach Mouriz

Learn how to practice free association to exercise and stretch your brain and release your ego. Improv is a special kind of medicine, one that can lead to a more courageous life. This episode is an interview with two Improv performers; Zach Mouriz and Amadeus Dameron. They were gracious with their time to come on the show and share some of the inner workings of the magic of Improv. This podcast among many other projects I’ve personally pursued in my life were all attempts to finding a way of living outside of my head. For a long time, I was a prisoner in my own body and mind. I found Improv as a way of breaking out of my internal world and found an amazing art form in the end.

Resources Mentioned

Many of our behaviors are driven by our desire to achieve a particular level of status relative to those around us. People are continually raising and lowering their status in conversation through body language and words. Say yes to more and stop blocking the opportunities that come your way.

  1. Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre by Keith Johnstone

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  1. Jason Silva, Shots of Awe and referenced expert of FLOW
  2. Default Mode Network
  3. Avatar: The Last Airbender
  4. Avatar the movie
For more, check out the Resources library.

Connect

Zach performs improvisational comedy on stage (eight years of experience) and have taught improv workshops for over six years.
Amadeus has a way with words bringing the magic of psychology to performing arts. He also hosts Hip-hop Improv shows at Spitfire Comedy House.
Steven is the Producer and Host of the My Niche is Human Podcast. He both interviews and provides solo episodes for the show.

Episode Transcript

The Psychology of Improv - Zach and Amadeus

Steven: [00:00:00] This is episode number 11 of the, my niche is human podcasts.

Back to another episode. Thank you for joining today. We're going to be interviewing two of my friends from an improv theater that I discovered down here in St. Pete Florida. Zach and Amadeus. This episode, I'm enormously proud of these two gentlemen have great courage as they perform weekly. Today, we're going to talk about how they unpack the psychology and learning lessons that they've gotten through practicing improv and how you can learn those too.

So stick around till the end, because we got a little surprise for you.

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You're waiting for us to start,we've already started because something that I learned from Gary V was. Again, psychology. You don't just say "go!"

Zach Mouriz: [00:00:49] Yes!

Steven: [00:00:49] Because the reaction is, ah!, fuck. Right. So we're just gonna, we're going to keep talking and before you know it, you're going to get your tetanus shot, the bandaid is going to come off and we're off and running.

Zach Mouriz: [00:00:59] Yeah. Interesting. Yeah. I've always felt that way. Like when I tell people that I do improv, oftentimes they don't know what improv is and they just think stand-up comedy. And so then it's "Oh, tell me a joke." Right? And it's that same thing, "go". And the last thing you want to do, when you tell people that you're funny is get put on the spot and be told to perform, right.

Steven: [00:01:19] "Make me a bike, clown."

Zach Mouriz: [00:01:20] Yeah. Right here we go, get to it.

Amadeus Dameron: [00:01:22] Or like you'll have people messaging and be like, yo, this is a really funny joke, maybe you can add it to your next standup. It's like, dude, I don't do stand up. Yeah.

Steven: [00:01:32] So what would you say is the starkest difference between standup and improv?

Zach Mouriz: [00:01:37] Yeah. It's all made up on the spot.

Amadeus Dameron: [00:01:38] Yeah. </