43 - Hosting

June 24, 2015

This week, Rob and Adam delve into hosting: interacting with the audience, common pitfalls for newer improvisers, and basing your style on the tone of the show.  Also listener suggestions of broad characters we never need to see again.

45 - Warm-Ups

July 7, 2015

Before every class or show, improvisers dedicate their time, energy, and focus to a series of activities that are supposed to improve their performance. But do they actually work?  Rob and Adam discuss the nature of warm-ups, how to use them effectively in rehearsal, and what to avoid when preparing before a big show. Also listener questions, updates on shows in Ottawa and Vancouver, and awards!

49 - Group Mind

August 12, 2015

This week Rob and Adam mind-meld to discuss their mystical, psychedelic, group mind encounters.  From working better together as a team to factors that prevent teams from synergizing, The Backline investigates shared mental models of all kinds!  Check out Planet Money: How Much Does a Cow Way and The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki.  Or follow us on Twitter/Facebook @thebacklinepod for links!

50 - Dynamic

August 19, 2015

This week we delve deep into what drives a scene: the dynamic. Rob and Adam investigate the differences between dynamic and relationship, how to keep your scenes in the now, and an easy way to figure out what your scene is about.  Also Adam loves coffee; Rob hates coffee. Enjoy!

54 - Characters, Consistency, and Change

September 23, 2015

This week, Rob and Adam discuss characters, consistency, and change. When should your character change their emotion or energy? When should you reinvest? How is a shortform character different than longform?

55 - Five Ways to Make Object Work Fun

September 30, 2015

Ugh, object work. The dreaded chore that every improviser must endure. No one wants to mime when there's stories to explore and jokes to make!  This week, Rob and Adam discuss problems with object work and offer five solutions to make your non-verbal offers dangerous, fun, and inspirational.

56 - Persona

October 7, 2015

This week Rob and Adam discuss stage personas improvisers often adopt when "playing themselves" when they first come onstage, take the suggestion, or between scenes.  But what does a stage persona actually mean? How can you charm an audience before you begin improvising and get them on your side?  Also Rob interviews the producer of Two Strikes, Jason Agnew and how persona is utilized to improve the experience of your show.  Also a listener question is answered about "How to jump on a grenade."

60 - Should I Quit?

October 28, 2015

Is there a time when you look at your improv and think "Maybe I should cut my losses and quit?"  This week Rob and Adam discuss the complications involved when making that decisions and also recount their own times in their life when they almost quit.

61 - Genre

November 4, 2015

This week Rob and Adam explore genres in improv.  What is a genre?  How do you elevate genre-work to a higher level?  Also Adam reveals why he hates genre and begrudgingly agreed to do this episode. Enjoy!

66 - Improv Is Not a Formula

December 17, 2015

It's the end of Season Two.  Rob and Adam discuss what makes up a quality scene, faulty checklists we are told we have to follow, and goals to strive for every time you step onstage.  After this episode, we'll be on a holiday hiatus.  Subscribe on Stitcher and iTunes for new episodes in Season Three!