This tip is team show-centric, but it actually applies to everyone on the air.
What Team Shows can Learn from “Curb Your Enthusiasm”:
In every great show, there’s a thin wire to walk between being spontaneous, but still being aware of how it “plays” to the ear. Larry David’s HBO comedy “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is a great example of how ensemble shows should work.
Everyone in that cast knows what the circumstance (the scene) is, but it’s not scripted. They may not even have a concrete idea of exactly how the scene will end, but what made that show so successful, to me, is that they’re sensitive to those “don’t try to do more” moments. That’s how you get that perfect form of being Consistent, but NOT being Predictable.
“Curb” is something every team show could study, learn from, and get better as a result. You might want to re-watch a few episodes.
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