I got to teach our improv playground again tonight and we have about 15 Japanese students who flew into Seattle to learn unstructured Harold. They are only going to be here for a week, so even though they just arrived, they wanted to come down to perform. I had a blast!
Smart, talented, funny and brave enough to fly from Japan to America, get off the plane and then get up and perform improv in a foreign language.
One difference, I've been told, is that culturally, there is no room for failure in Japanese improv. The audiences is completely unforgiving. I am interested to see how the style that has created translates to long form.