Del Close’s 11 Improv Commandments with GIFs

These 11 Improv Commandments are attributed to Del Close. The GIFs are attributed to the internet.

1. You are all supporting actors.

2. Always check your impulses.

3. Never enter a scene unless you are NEEDED.

4. Save your fellow actor, don’t worry about the piece.

Serve the realm…

5. Your prime responsibility is to support.



Fail together:

6. Work at the top of your brains at all times.

7. Never underestimate or condescend to your audience.


8. No jokes. (Unless it is tipped up front that it is a joke)

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9. Trust. Trust your fellow actors to support you; trust them to come through if you lay something heavy on them; trust yourself.

10. Avoid judging what is going down, except in terms of whether it needs help (either by entering or cutting), what can best follow, or how you can support it imaginatively if your support is called for.

None of this…

11. Listen.


Thanks, Del!



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