Improv Thoughts #6 - Stop Sweeping

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Taylor Dorsett

Published 01.22.18

Don't sweep edit. Just start a new scene by walking to the front of the stage while talking after a laugh line from the previous scene. Sweep edits are weird and the only people who know what they mean are standing on stage with you or sitting in the back hoping the lights get pulled soon so they can perform and go home early.

If you force yourself to start a new scene by taking attention from the old scene you force yourself to start with a line. Start talking as soon as you timidly come off that wall and by the time you are at the front of the stage the performers behind you will have left that person on your team who doesn't like to start scenes will have already come out to join you.

You don't need to sweep.