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Yes And...


Always accept as fact what the other person says. Then add a bit of info to it. So if someone tells you that he's ready to fight against an evil goblin army, then acknowledge that info and build on it. You can tell them that you're ready to fight also and have been practicing some secret fighing techniques etc. The key is to accept and add in an additional fact of your own. Keep doing that and you'll have a great scene with a fascinating storyline that grows and expands.


Great improv:

Goblin King: Roarrrr!! I'm ready for battle

Farmer: Me too!! My blood is boiling! We'll destroy those evil demons!!

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Vampire Hunter: Are you the 3-Tailed-Fox with a 9,000 gold bounty on his head?

3-Tailed-Fox: So you recognize me...Why aren't you cowering in fear?!!


Bad improv:

Goblin King: Roarrrr!! I'm ready for battle

Farmer: There is no battle. I am here to sell apples.

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Vampire Hunter: Are you the 3-Tailed-Fox with a 9,000 gold bounty on his head?

3-Tailed-Fox: No. My character is a friendly 3-Tailed-Fox with magic powers.


Questions to think about:

In both the Great and Bad examples above, how could you continue the stories? What are ways using Yes And? What are ways that deny?