Becky Portman: Am I describing improv comedy or psychedelics?

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 5:33pm

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I talk about improv comedy constantly, so much so that people will actively tell me to stop talking about it. But I can’t help it, I’m obsessed. For those of you who don’t know, I do improv. I apply improv concepts to everyday situations. Yes, I Yes, and” my way through life. Once my brother told me I sounded like I was talking about psychedelics when I was talking solely about improv, and thus spawned the birth of this listicle. Because honestly, it changed my life. So whether you love tripping on magic mushrooms or have the hots for Jason Mantzoukas, enjoy these descriptions.

It’s OK alone, but much better in a group setting.

Some people even use it as therapy.

Your mom doesn’t get it.

It’s really popular in Chicago.

Your friend Tyler tried it once and won’t shut up about it.

It really taught me to trust myself.

It changed my life.

It’s a gateway drug.

It makes you really confident.

It makes you exceedingly annoying to be around.

I heard it feels like flying.

You had to be there.

It’s hard to explain if you weren’t there, you know?

Apparently it turns your life around.

There are so many books written about it.

It’s like an altered state of consciousness.

It’s illegal in some countries.

Frankly, it was a religious experience for me.

It does something to your serotonin levels.

There are podcasts dedicated to it.

It was really big in the 1970s.

It diminishes anxiety and depression.

I couldn’t stop laughing the entire time.

It helps you unlock the unused depths of the human mind.

The experience itself is hard to explain.

Watching someone else do isn’t the same as doing it yourself.

The come-down is rough.

Robin Williams said, “sometimes it works, sometimes it doesnt, but when it does, its like open-field running.”

Some would say it’s a sub-culture.

All my favorite celebrities have done it.

Most comedians start out by doing it.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are big fans of it.

I heard 80 percent of those who have done it said it was one of the top five most meaningful experiences of their lives.

And 50 percent said it was the most meaningful experience, like, ever.

The risks are incredibly exaggerated.

Nixon was not a fan.

It’s safer than alcohol.

Steve Jobs once said it was, “one of the most important things (I did) in my life.”

My dad said he tried it once in college.

About 1.31 million 18 to 25-year-olds admitted to trying it in 2017.

A lot of people have turned to it for comfort after the 2016 election.

People like that it takes you away from your phone for a while.

It’s easier to obtain now more than ever thanks to the Internet.

Women are getting more involved in it.

It helps you reconnect with people and the world.

If politicians did it, we would all be better off.

It’s a form of escapism.

It makes the world a bit more magical and beautiful.

There are three clubs for it at The University of Michigan.

You want to try it, but don’t know where to start.

You heard it’s only for people who listen to Phish.

It might make you feel a little dizzy.

It’s best to fast before your first time.

You should watch someone else do it before you do it yourself so you know what to expect.

You’ve seen posters for it around campus but don’t fully get it.

It’s mostly a college kid thing, like a Capella.

People don’t really enjoy it; they just say they do to make their friends who actually do it feel better.