I grew up in a household with no TV, well actually, that's not completely true. From birth till the age of about 5 we did have a TV and I vividly remember the ritual around my brother coming home from school every day. He would get home, the two of us would eat a snack, usually a sugar full snack, and then we would run, not walk, upstairs to watch cartoons. This was never an easy thing. We would argue incessantly about whether we were going to watch his cartoons, i.e., "He-man and the Masters of the Universe", "Galaxy Rangers", "GI Joe, Robotech," "Transformers", or "Voltron", or my cartoons, i.e., "Care Bares", "Rainbow Bright", "Shera Princess of Power", "Mr. Rogers", or "Muppet Babies". After an intense battle we would usually meet in the middle and would settle on watching "The Smurfs". This was our daily routine. We liked it and it worked for us. But then we enrolled in Waldorf school. (Waldorf is a unique private school which you can find throughout the world). I was going into kindergarden and my brother was going into 2nd grade. We had never heard of Waldorf before, but it seemed cool to us. Cool kids, not a whole lot of school work, mostly playing it seemed. However, soon after we started school at Waldorf we began to notice that the food in our house was changing. There were no more fruit roll ups, no more candy, no more boxed macaroni and cheese. My brother and I were not liking this new change in the house. Then the real insult happened. We came home from school about 6 months into being at Waldorf and grabbed our snacks then ran upstairs. We didn't even realize it till halfway across the room. Suddenly we both stopped dead in our tracks. The TV, our beloved TV was locked in a wooden cabinet! We stood in the middle of the living room starring at the locked wooden cabinet for a good couple of minutes. Then, to add insult to injury, my mom came up the stairs behind us and said, "Why don't you kids go outside, use your imaginations". Phah!! It took a while to get used to, and like any addict we tried every way we could to get a glimpse of TV everywhere. We used to sneak upstairs at night when my parents were watching movies, we could only see the corner of the TV, but at least it was something. You may be wondering what all this has to do with Star Wars, well for some bizarre reason Star Wars and Star Trek were the two things we were allowed to watch. What is it about Star Wars? I have a friend who grew up in a strict Christian Cult and of the limited movies he was allowed to watch, Star Wars was one of them. Maybe parents like its strong light verses dark message. Although it may sound like it here, I am not at all cynical about my upbringing. I am actually extremely grateful that I didn't spend all my youth sitting in front of a TV, I think I am a far more creative person then I would have been.
The video below is an improv group who does live improv in public, (but doesn't always let the public know that they are doing improv). I love the idea. They have a whole bunch of videos on their site, check them out at http://improveverywhere.com/ I have always wanted to do something like this, maybe one day.
Enjoy the laugh, have a great day,