Modality: Improv/Humor


Name of Resource #1: Improv comedy will change the world | Jennifer Hunter | TEDxLSSU

Medium: Youtube video


Summary: The video discusses how improv should be facilitated and the basic guidelines that the participants should be aware of throughout the activity. The guidelines includes making a connection, listening, generating new opportunities and ideas, being in the moment, being flexible, avoid preconceived ideas, and listening to inner-voice/self. The video then connects these guidelines to everyday situations that people go through.

Improv can create opportunities to improve social skills and communication. Participants are given random scenarios in which they must act/perform in order to create flow in the activity. Improv is also an activity in which people improve throughout time and practice. Improv may come naturally to some people or it may be very difficult for others. Therefore it is essential to understand that it takes time to improve and develop in improve. Finally improve creates opportunity to create a sense of identity and develop ones character through humor.



Name of Resource #2: Improv Encyclopedia

Medium: Resource for various activities within improv


Summary: The website contains numerous improv activities that help facilitators and leaders use these games as good warm-ups, icebreakers, or improv exercises in general. Some of the improv activities allow the leader the opportunity to understand some personal information, which may help TR in assessing clients. There are so many improv activities on the website available that a TR would be able to use one or two improv activities for various populations for many sessions.

The first outcome would be to allow the participants to identify their favorite improv activity, which they like to engage in so that the TR would know which activity they would use more often during TR sessions. Another outcome would be to explore the numerous improv activities and be able to use a different improv activity every session to give clients a variety of different improv activities to engage in. Another outcome should be to allow the TR to explore quick icebreaker activities that will help shy participants to be more comfortable within a group or team.




Name of Resource #3: Laughter is the best medicine: The Second City® improvisation as an intervention for Parkinson’s disease

Medium: Intervention Summary


Summary: The study was conducted on 22 adults over the age of 60 with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) to attend improv classes. The participants were either in the 1:1 to active-start or control-start group. The primary aim was to have at least 70% of the participants to attend at least 75% of the improv sessions. As a result, all participants completed the study with over 95% participants attending at least 80% of the classes. All participants responded that they would recommend the class to others with PD and 21/22 would say that they enjoyed the class and improved the PD symptoms.

One outcome was that participants with PD would improve quality of life while attending improv classes. With this serious condition for older adults, a TR would be inclined to be able to use improv in a variety of settings and populations in healthcare. Another outcome would be to use improv which can help motivate clients to attend and engage in the class. Humor provides clients the opportunity to enhance overall wellbeing despite current conditions. The final outcome for improv with clients with PD would be to create a sense of trust and comfort with other clients with the same condition. Improv would help release and tension that the client may have with other people due to self-consciousness of their condition.