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Gibberish Expert: Improv Games From On Stage to online

With the new era of online improv theatre, it can be tricky translating improv games for the video streaming forum. In this series, learn how to play popular improv games in their original form and how to adapt them for online improv performances and rehearsals.



GAME: Gibberish Expert (or The Smartest [insert animal] in the world)


Set up: 2 players stand front and center. One player will be the expert and the other will be in the interpreter. 1 Host to the side.


How to Play: The host will introduce the game and get from the audience two suggestions: a type of animal and a topic you would like to hear an expert speak about. The host goes on to explain that the expert can perfectly understand English, but can only speak in the language of the animal that was given. The 2nd player will provide an interpretation of what is said by the expert. The host will get 1-3 questions from the audience for the expert to answer (acting out their answers as much as possible) and the interpreter interprets. Game ends after the final question, and a new expert with a new animal/interpreter can be called up if the host wishes to continue.


Play it Online: Like most gibberish games, this one can involve a bit of pantomime so you'll want to make sure the players have enough space to stand and move on camera. Otherwise, game can be played as is!

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