The conversation with Joe Bill goes wider and deeper. When legendary improvisor Joe Bill arrived in San Francisco to teach and perform, Ted and Lisa seized the opportunity and wrangled up a whirring, stirring conversation about improv, psychology, surviving childhood—and a whole lot more. Listen in for Part 2 of their Monster Baby cup of Joe.

(If you haven’t heard Part 1 yet, you may want to start there: .

Part 2 starts by asking if the improv approaches articulated in Part 1 make sense off the stage as well (1:12) and by considering whether presence is enough, both in performance and in life (5:55). Lisa, Ted, and Joe each consider how their experiences with therapy have shaped their approaches to improv (10:00) before Joe articulates how his work with improv legend Patti Stiles has taught him about “losing beautifully” (27:14). Joe describes how his early class clown years served as a survival mechanism (31:38) and the three circle back around to describe what they’ll take away from the extensive conversation (36:41).

NOTE: Please forgive the less-than-ideal audio during much of this episode. The recording gods saw fit to corrupt one of the tracks before we got to editing so we made do with the overlapping pickup we had. We promise to return to our clearer Monster Baby standards with our next episode!

Joe Bill (@mrjoebill on Twitter, Joe Bill Teaches on Facebook) is widely regarded as one of the great scenic and comedic improvisation teachers in the world. Co-founder of the The Annoyance Theater in Chicago and Duo format performer with Mark Sutton (BASSPROV), Patti Stiles, Jill Bernard and many others, Joe warms hearts and inspires deeper, better improv wherever he goes.

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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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