This improv game is in the following improv game categories:
Invent a silly dramatic story, and explain it to the audience. Classic example is the following: "After
fixing the roof, Roger
decided to clean the house, including the cage of Mary`s gerbil. He put the animal in a frying pan, from which it escaped to the roof, where it got stuck in some fresh tar. Roger put it back
in it`s cage, where it got smothered by the fresh woodchips. Roger tried to use a solvent to
clean the creature, but the solvent fumes cause the creature to die of a cardiac arrest. At that
point Mary walks in".
This is when
the scene starts: Roger needs to explain what happens, but as soon as the audience
starts laughing Roger is replaced by another player who gets a new shot. The idea is to try and
play the scene without getting the audience to laugh.
Don`t stick to the gerbil story - you can invent any silly story for this game.
Attributed to Keith Johnstone
and described in Impro for Storytellers