When I started improv comedy, I thought would be exactly like stand-up comedy, minus the script.
What a stupid, arrogant error that was. Improv comedy is a completely different game. I was a beginner again, and I didn’t know it.
I failed at improv for a long time. Many skills that are useful for stand-up comedy can make improv scenes unwatchable. It took a while to notice what I was doing wrong, and much longer to unlearn it. It was a humbling experience.
When you are learning something new, remember that you’re starting again as a beginner. Be prepared to unlearn what you have mastered.