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ERIC ESCOBAR is #rocklin this Sunday! #btc #roseviile #sacramento #standupcomedy #specialevent | January 06, 2015 at 10:24AM
ERIC ESCOBAR is #rocklin this Sunday! #btc #roseviile #sacramento #standupcomedy #specialevent

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Fun Playground last Thursday! They're beginning to get crowded, and we are going to cap attendance at 20. Want to get in on the fun? Just register online! Easy. #btc #improv #theater #class | January 05, 2015 at 07:29PM
Fun Playground last Thursday! They're beginning to get crowded, and we are going to cap attendance at 20. Want to get in on the fun? Just register online! Easy. #btc #improv #theater #class

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It's coming! Fridays in February. #btc #rocklin #improv #comedy #roseviile #doa | January 05, 2015 at 05:06PM
It's coming! Fridays in February. #btc #rocklin #improv #comedy #roseviile #doa

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Shorties on Saturday #funtimes #btc | January 04, 2015 at 11:14PM
Shorties on Saturday #funtimes #btc

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Troy and Chris were there for each other during Shorties last night. Fun show! # shorties #btc #roseviile #rocklin #sacramento #comedy | January 04, 2015 at 06:42PM
Troy and Chris were there for each other during Shorties last night. Fun show! # shorties #btc #roseviile #rocklin #sacramento #comedy

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I know two customers tonight who will be very happy Diet Coke is back at Blacktop! #btc #dclovers | January 03, 2015 at 11:39AM
I know two customers tonight who will be very happy Diet Coke is back at Blacktop! #btc #dclovers

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Improv Principles For a Truly Happy Holiday Season

12-5-13 Christmas Shots 003_2073x1382With Thanksgiving behind us, we’re full swing into the holidays now. Racing through December and onto the New Year. Like most people, you’re probably busy racing around town, scouring the internet, party planning or packing for visiting family. It’s easy to get lost in the hustle. BE IN THE MOMENT Enjoy where you are now. We often remind students in workshops that when they’re “in the moment”, they will not worry (since that is about the future) and they will not judge themselves or others (since you can only judge based on the past). The Holidays is a wonderful time to practice being present in the now. There is so much in every moment that you miss if you don’t make time to notice it. The smells, lights and sounds this time of year are worth noticing.

IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU Onstage the goal is make your partner look good. You stop worrying about yourself. The interesting thing is that if they look good, you look good, the audience is amazed and everyone wins. Focusing on someone else is the fastest way to let go of yourself and fall into that “Holiday Spirit”.

THERE IS NO PLAN In life, like on the improv stage, there is no plan. Try as you might even the best laid plans can quickly go awry. Flights being delayed, unexpected weather, unexpected guests can happen to even the most thoughtful person. Knowing that you can’t control it all helps to relax and enjoy the ride regardless of the detours.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! ---- Betsaida LeBron is the Theater Manager at Blacktop Comedy and a current member of the Long-Form Improv Show: True Story, where a weekly guest tells stories from their past as inspiration for improvised scenes. She also teaches the Intro to Improvisation workshops and loves the life-lessons that students get from “playing fun make-em-ups”.

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