Improv Podcast

In 2017-18 I made a podcast called ‘Bring a Brick’ interviewing people from all over the world who use improv as a teaching tool. You can listen to them all here.

I use improv when performing comedy and delivering training. In this podcast I take the role of student, to learn how others teach and benefit from using improvisation at work.


A mind map of applied improvisation and where is can be found.
A mind map of applied improvisation and where is can be found.
  • Paul Z. Jackson is one of the founders of Applied Improvisation Network, we talked about his work and digressed on the topic of improvisation on television.
  • Mary T. Curtis works in behavioural health, coaching people with issues such as stress and anxiety and the YES AND, accepting and building in therapy.
  • Neil Mullarkey didn’t need any introduction. We chatted about the business of improv,  story structure, character comedy and how to bring improv into a training session by giving examples. Loads in this one.
  • Adam St John Lawrence is a Customer experience consultant, who uses improv to generate ideas, break them and get better questions. Loads of great content here about understanding the world you’re selling to.
  • Dan Starkey is an actor appearing in television series such as Doctor Who, and insode No.9. We chat about how a foundation of improv can help an actor approach a role.
  • Cathy Salit is CEO of Performance of a Lifetime. Among the many thinks we talk about, Cathy explains her view on ‘performative psychology’ and how everything we do – our life –  can be seen as a performance.
  • Paul Goddard is a coach in agile development and certified Scrum trainer. We touch on the geographical differences in recognition of improv in the US and UK and how improvisation can be applied to agile development
  • Finally I interviewed Pam Victor onher ‘Zen of Improv’. Her mission it is to make the world a happier place through improv.

Sound and stings by Dave Depper using creative commons licensing.

Bring a Brick
“Bring a brick, not a cathedral”

A term used in improvisation to illustrate that no single person takes responsibility over a scene or story. Each person contributes an idea, a ‘brick’ and the result is built through open collaboration.