Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Del Close on Harold and Rhymes

I stumbled upon this 1986 video of Del Close talking about Harold.

"By this time, the scenes are beginning to relate, ... to rhyme with each other in some mad, conceptual way."

I love that idea, the idea that scenes can rhyme with one another. I'm horrible at actual rhyming games, where I'm asked to make up a song and have it make sense and be in rhythm on top of making it rhyme. I'm always the first out in elimination rhyme games like "Da Doo Run Run" and "Beastie Rap."

But I am good at seeing patterns within individual scenes and over the big picture of the show. I had never thought of those patterns as rhymes before, but they kind of are. Different scenes that have the same taste to them, characters whose motivations echo one another's, status interactions that parallel each other, objects and gestures that take on new significance each time they are used.

I love mad, conceptual rhymes.

Fellow improvisers, can you spot the following in the Del interview?
  • At least one sentence that is quoted word-for-word in Charna Halpern's Art By Committee
  • A performer who is currently famous (by improv standards) but is not mentioned at all in Del's monologue
  • An unattributed Keith Johnstone quote
  • A thinly veiled criticism of 1980's Second City

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