PIT founder Ali Farahnakian discusses the powerful benefits of improvisation on New York news channel PIX 11.

From pix11.com:

NEW YORK (PIX11) — If mastered, the art of improvisation can make a mediocre comedian the star of any show.

Just ask any cast member from the CW Network’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

It turns out the craft which forces one to break out of their shell and think on their feet, does not only do wonders for actors but also Average Joes. “We have had a lot of people come and it has changed their life,” Ali Reza Farahnakian, improv instructor and caretaker at the renowned People’s Improv Theater, told PIX11 News.

According to Farahnakian, one of the powerful benefits of improv is embracing the concept that there is no such thing as perfect. “We’re more connected than we realize and that’s what improv makes people realize – we’re human first,” he said. “You just kinda have to keep going [despite] what happens, just commit to it.”

After a quick warm-up of shaking off nerves and an epic memory game of learning everyone’s name, the workshop at the PIT gets underway. Each activity forces participants to be vulnerable and their security is doing it, in a judgment-free zone. Read full article and watch the video >>