Credit: We first learned of this exercise through the infamous Maria Peters
This is a good exercise to practice endowment.
Endowment is attributing other players with physical, emotional or other characteristics, or getting other players to do something, or to behave in a particular way. – Improv Enyclopedia
Endowing another player with certain attributes is a lot of fun. It is a great way to give your fellow players a gift or throw them a curveball that they have to deal with.
How does it work?
- There are, generally, two lines of players (one facing the other)
- Sequentially, each pair does a scene (going down the line)
- Player A starts the scene by staying a line that endows Player B with two attributes, namely an emotion or character trait and a profession or descriptive word. For example:
- Well, if it isn’t the angry toddler
- Well, if it isn’t the sad clown
- Well, if it isn’t the perplexed penguin
- Well, if it isn’t the anxious otter
- Well, if it isn’t the clingy priest
- Player B then responds as the character
- Player A & B then act out a very short scene (a couple of lines each at most)
- Then the next pair takes their turn
- Once each player has given/received an attribute you can conclude the exercise
That’s it. Happy endowing!!