Episode 511. Improvising Jane Austen

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Rachel Parris (from BBC’s The Mash Report) is one of the performers in Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel, which performs in London, Edinburgh, and around the UK, and she talks about how one goes about improvising this beloved British author. She also discusses creating her one-woman show “Best-Laid Plans” and sheds light on the company’s ground rules, her own improvised pedantry, the courage that is born of improv, the reality of Fringe fatigue, the challenges of creating improv for TV, the differences between improv in the US and UK, and how one can make comedy out of a “third-life crisis.” (Length 22:36)