Please welcome improv student and guest blogger Lisa Wildman and her chronicles of YES AND! Lisa will be contributing on a monthly basis to our blog.

It was Date Night again, and we were fresh out of ideas.  Then my husband found us tickets to a little place in Roseville called Blacktop Comedy. I didn’t know what to expect. One thing I wasn't expecting was to fall in love with improv. I had seen "Whose Line Is It Anyway?", but the show was incomparable. I must admit, it took a few shows to build my confidence, but it was right around show three that I knew I wanted to do what the players onstage did! They were providing and having so much fun.  After nearly a decade of martial arts competition being on stage was not new. I always knew I could laugh at myself, some of my early martial art years were quite the demonstration of that fact.  My girls, however, were my biggest confidence booster. It was like a routine. I would say something and if it was funny I would get the double teenage-girl eye roll.  Some days those eyes rolled so high I thought I must be hysterical.   Approval only a mother could love.  I have now completed Level 1 and 2 Improv, attend the Playgrounds on a regular basis, and am waiting for Level 3.  While I may still only earn a cackle here or a chuckle there, the most important thing is the amazing techniques I’ve learned. I’ve learned to cooperate, listen to others, say “yes”, and a myriad of other skills.  In essence it feels somewhat like the journey toward my black belt. You start with the skills of an infant, but with steady practice and perseverance, I'm going to be unstoppable.

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