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Kick off the SF Improv Festival with a lesson in ad-libbing

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You might remember the TV program “Whose Line Is it Anyway?” where four comics get on stage with no script or plan whatsoever, take suggestions for skits from the audience, and then see what happens. 

Performer Ron West from the original British version of the show will be in town this weekend to teach an improv workshop as part of the San Francisco Improv Festival, which is running through this Sunday at San Francisco’s Eureka Theater. The executive producer of the festival is Jamie Wright of the local improv group, Crisis Hopkins. He swung by our studios and we asked him - what’s the difference between sketch and improv?

JAMIE WRIGHT: "The thing is, that people look at improvisation and think, 'I could never do that', but the fact of the matter is, you're doing it every single day."

The San Francisco Improv Festival is going on through August 26th. 

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.