Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and others built their comedy through situational awareness of improv.
Improv is proven to help teams establish deep understanding of each other. Improv is about being in the moment, listening to one another, and exercising empathy. It helps team members feel that they belong.
Improv creates a safe place for people to act in genuine ways that are outside of the standard norms. Improv is about being who you are. There are no strict rules – you don’t have to be a performer or comedian to try improv.
Mary Lemmer is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the creator of IMPROVE. In her TED talk “How improv can improve your leadership and life” she shares the fundamental principles that underlie this work.
She is the creator and host of Startup Late Night, a late night comedy show featuring business leader guests, and has performed improv and comedy all over the country, including at Gilda Radner’s Laughfest, The Punch Line in San Francisco, and the Lady Laughs Comedy Festival.
Mary brings a unique, fun, engaging, and effective framework that combines improv comedy, high performance coaching, research-backed techniques, and decades of experience as an investor, entrepreneur, executive, and improv comedian.
Jian • February 2021
Engineering manager with team of 8
“…we used to welcome new team members; really fun and easy way to connect…”
Deanna • February 2021
Finance leader for team of 7
“…we used this as a way to kickoff our new post-merger team…”
Jackson • January 2021
Controller for team of 11
“…Mary Lemmer is really outstanding; she has worked in jobs like ours and knew how to make this work!”