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Horizontal vs Vertical Support | Will Hines




6 Hours


Scottish Storytelling Centre

Date and Time

Friday, March 1, 2024 11AM

About the Workshop

Vertical support is when you play the pattern: do it again, but bigger. Horizontal is when you expand the story and world AROUND the pattern (find the backstory, find the motivation).

Everyone tends to do one or the other. But a good improviser can do both.

Play the pattern, expand the story, repeat. If you're someone whose scenes have trouble going beyond 2 minutes, this can help!

Your Instructor

Will Hines

Will has been teaching long-form improv since 2004 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, at both its New York and Los Angeles branches. He's published a best-selling book on improv called How to Be The Greatest Improviser on Earth. He's also a working comedic actor and has appeared on many terrific television programs (Brooklyn 99, Search Party, Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer). He's a frequent guest on some big podcasts, including Comedy Bang-Bang, Improv4Humans, Hollywood Handbook, as well as the 99 podcasts he's produced himself (currently Screw It We're Just Gonna Talk about the Beatles, Screw it We're Just Gonna Talk About Comics) Pretty cool! He's also the founder of the audaciously-named World's Greatest Improv School, an online and in-person improv school.

Will Hines
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