Monster Baby #69 The Dish–Insights from Improv at Stanford (and other goodies)!


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Lisa Rowland and Ted DesMaisons

What can you learn from improv without ever taking an improv class?

After catching up a bit after a long stretch away from the podcast, Lisa and Ted reflect on a recent article in the Stanford alumni magazine that quotes each of them.

Ted starts the episode with some thoughts on his recent trip to Maui and the curious “Aloha spirit” (1:45) and Lisa follows that up by musing on her experience officiating a friend’s wedding (11:06). Ted talks about the new student in his course who’s 86 years old (16:25) and how, even with all the resilience techniques at his disposal, some criticism still stings (19:27). The pair discuss the recent article about the legacy of improv at Stanford University (23:33) and about the value of trusting “Reality.” (32:10) They revisit the alumni article to discuss how to “take the offer” (33:28) before Lisa considers how some of her compulsions leave her feeling like a goldfish (38:16). A bit of wrap-up reflection (51:33) and the standard Outro (53:11) bring the episode to a close.

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San Francisco improvisors Ted DesMaisons and Lisa Rowland explore the beautiful, surprising and unruly intersections between mindfulness and improvisation as they seek to befriend that oft-hidden and sometimes scary part of all of us that can lead to a life well-lived.

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