Shake it off

Lately I’ve realized that a lot of really good improvisers shake onstage. I noticed a house-team guy do it once, and now I’ve started to specifically look for it. I don’t bring it up to be cruel; rather, it’s comforting to find out that I’m not alone in being scared as hell onstage, and comforting that you can still be amazing even if you are scared as hell.

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  1. Lots of improvisers also have “shaky leg syndrome,” and even more have cold hands before a show. Cameron used to have cold hands 24/7, and we chalked it up to bad circulation. But when he started learning improv, we noticed his hands went from merely cold to positively Arctic before a performance. That was our first clue that it was triggered by emotion. Now that he’s gotten over his generalised anxiety, his hands are always warm – even hot! As you say, you can push past it, but it’s nice to know you can also lessen or eliminate it entirely.

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