Mary Lemmer of Improv4 - Firing Your Inner Critic Can be Funny
Play • 1 hr 31 min

Marc gets married, a 3D photo animation app, axe-throwing, movie reviews before you've seen them, living next toAlec Baldwin, inspiring businesses with improv and as a communal experience, and a round of Scenes with Numbers. Mary Lemmer, Founder of Improv4, joins Marc Raco, Danielle Beckmann, and producer Elsie.

In this episode:

  • Danielle fills us in on her vocal lessons and gives a history lesson on suspenders in the Nerd Tip of the Week
  • Marc shares some details from his wedding at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and shows off a new 3D photo animator app called Mug Life
  • What technology has allowed us to do, from replicating Joe Rogan’s voice to create original synthesized conversations, to holograms and CGI performances like Carrie Fisher in Star Wars, and the potential for creating fake events with political or social repercussions in the real world
  • Danielle shares a cathartic 3 year anniversary axe-based-ritual she did with her boyfriend
  • A round of Elsie (and everyone else) Reviews Movies in Advance
  • Mary’s experiences moving to New York and living next to Alec Baldwin
  • An appeal to the Comedy Gods to get Tina Fey on the show
  • How a gelato business and living a high-stress lifestyle led to Mary taking improv classes and eventually starting Improv 4
  • How Improv 4 developed its methodology to help companies build team effectiveness, leadership skills and other skills through improv comedy techniques
  • How comedy and improv as a communal experience have been therapeutic for Mary personally and professionally as an entrepreneur
  • How Mary and the other facilitators at Improv 4 adapt their methodology to the different work environments at the companies they work with
  • The importance of rediscovering the judgement-free mindset of childhood and how improv helps us attain that by “firing our inner critic”
  • The rewarding transformations Mary has witnessed
  • We play a round of Scenes With Numbers, one of Mary’s favorite exorcises she uses with Improv 4

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