Pull out the pillows and the tissue paper—Monster Baby Episode #47 gets emotional. Or, more accurately, gets into emotions. Lisa and Ted start with some reflections on Lisa’s end of term teaching improv at Stanford (2:27) and working through some “leftovers” from last episode—including how do you stay calm when performing I front of a room (6:28) and how the Monster Baby image connects to creativity (14:45). They dive into today’s topic by considering their own default emotions (21:59) and then by parsing out the emotions as distinct from identity and from “fact.” (28:09) They name the five core emotions—at least as described by Pixar’s “Inside Out” (31:41)—and then discuss whether improvisors have default emotions they play when they perform (34:50). Ted mentions how emotional sounds on stage and in life lead to emotional involvement (37:48) and Lisa explains the notion of “Clown Neutral” (47:07). They each discuss what settings they might choose on their own emotional equalizer (49:10) before realizing that Lisa would like to see more of Ted’s emotions and experience more of hers (58:05). Lisa offers one last clarification about her tone (1:10:00) before the co-hosts wrap up the episode with the traditional Outro (1:12:07).
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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.