Fights are tricky. You will stop yes-anding the scene and start making it so your character wins. You won’t even notice. Teachers will often forbid their newer students from having arguments in scenes. Even the most veteran team will check in with each other: “We’re fighting too much.” It is pervasive and, frankly, fascinating.
I think it’s the hardest thing to do in improv: having characters disagree while the actors still agree.
But you can’t just say “don’t fight.” Fighting well is essential to good improv. The characters must be able to disagree while still moving the scene forward. A whole set of character who just blindly agree with each other’s opinions gets old.
More ramblings after the jump!
I actually enjoy a good fight scene, but it’s hard work.
I also enjoy a stranger scene. It feels like 90% of my weird interactions in life are with strangers, so if we’re trying to live life on stage, we should have some weirdos in our stranger scenes.