I start Level 2 Improv tonight. (For you Improv-types, it's 8 weeks of The Harold.) I'm more nervous about starting this class than I was Level 1. I've said it here before, but it merits repeating: starting Level 1 was easier because if I didn't like it or I wasn't good at it I could just write it off as something new that I tried. Starting Level 2 is tantamount to saying that I think I'm good at this. Good enough to go on with it.
I'm not ever comfortable saying that I'm naturally good at something.
Also, I've been told that I'm probably going to have to do a lot of things in this class that I'm not comfortable doing but if I can get past this I'll be okay with what comes next.
I'm not going to like changing my voice or making weird noises.
I absolutely hate accents and strange noises. No one should ever fake an accent unless they are spot on about it. Very few people are spot on about it. Hearing them is tantamount to driving toothpicks under my fingernails.
There are three in particular that I hate:
Boston down to Baltimore
Unfortunately, they are the easiest to do so you hear them all the time anytime someone is trying to be funny.
Want to portray a borderline retarded person? Hey y'all!
A ditzy chick? Like, gag me with a spoon.
A meathead (not to be confused with but closely related to the borderline retarded person) Yo, bo. Watter yous dune tanite? Wanna hit up Jersee? Mebee gowon downnalanniksidi?
Then there are the ones that are just offensive. Think Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's. That kind of stuff.
This is seriously a problem for me. We'll see how it goes. I'm sure I'm over reacting, just like I do about everything in life.
What sounds or behaviors annoy you most?