You’ll never feel safer on stage than when you play with Connor Thompson.
His comedy style is cool and effortless. His attention to detail and intelligence make him the kind of scene partner that make any bland choice you make seem like gold. Often noted as being the perfect straight man, Thompson is also able to bring rich characters rooted in truth. His versatility and kindness both on and off stage make him an improviser that is a consistent joy to play with.
How long have you been improvising for? Where did you get your start?
I started formal training at the Second City in 2006, but I’ve been making it up as I go along pretty much since I’ve been born.
What takes good improv to great?
Good improv is making your audience feel something; great improv is making your audience feel something and telling a great story at the same time. So to me, taking improv from the realm of a funny one-off make’em-up to a strong narrative is what makes it great.
What makes a player a joy to improvise with?
I don’t think it takes much to be a joy to improvise with – probably the same things that make someone a joy to work with in any job: being supportive, putting the group ahead of the individual, being positive, and just – in general – being nice to people, on stage and off.
Have you ever had a game-changing moment as a performer?
I can’t think of a single moment, but being given a chance to be in the Macro Neato and A Night at the Improv shows at the old Bad Dog gave me confidence that I would eventually be able to play with the big kids.
Have you ever gone through a rough patch as an improviser? How did you handle it?
Yes I have. We all do (I hope). I just keep playing and keep working. It is hard, but sometimes you just have to put your head down and suck it up.
Any advice you’d give someone who’s just starting out in improv?
Don’t judge yourself, your offers, or the offers of others. Say yes to everything (on stage, I mean). If you’re having fun, the audience is having fun.