Don't Think Twice

Synopsis: JACK (Keegan Michael Key) & his girlfriend Samantha (Gillian Jacobs) are a perfect couple who are also Teammates on a popular improv group that perform at a struggling comedy spot in NYC. Together, the team has a family like bond but individually they have their personal dreams of being on the weekly television show "This Weekend Live".
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Mike Birbiglia
Production: The Film Arcade
  6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

And now, ladies and gentlemen,

Mr. Severn Darden will do

a spot improvisation for you.

Okay, a little bit of history.

In 1955, a group

of actors in Chicago

invented the idea that

improvisational theater

could be an art form

unto itself,

not just a warm-up

for other theater.

We're going to be playing

with the all-American football.

That's an odd shape, isn't it?

It's not actually round.

Everyone has their own take on

what's most important in improv.

But even 60 years later they still

boil down to three basic rules.

Sly and the family stone.

Jody and Buffy. Buffy

and the vampire slayer.

Um, vampires...


Number one:
Say yes.

Duck season.

Duck hunt.


Which really means just agreeing with

the reality your partner creates

and then building on that...



And then building on that.

Burp. Burp.

And then building on that

and building on that.


Oh, um, Frogger?


Oh, my god, that is amazing.

Jack, you have worked on that.

Yeah, yeah, that's a good...

That's a prepared bit.

That's not improvised. What?

I don't accept that as improv.

Number two:

It's all about the group.

- Yes. -It's not about

you looking good.

It's also not about

looking funny.


Or showboating.

It's about a group working

together in the moment

to create something

that never happened before,

you know, or will

never happen again.

Five minutes, guys.

"Five minutes, guys."

"Five minutes-ah."

Why am I Japanese?

Remember when you said, "please

tell me when I'm racist"?

This is one of those times.


Whoa! Finally, and this is

the most important one:

He's swinging free!

Don't think.

It's all about

getting out of your head.

It's about impulse.

It's about living in the moment.

It's about now.

- Hey, guys, sorry I'm late.

- No!

We all said we would wear the same outfit.

Everybody agreed.

"Let's start wearing

matching outfits."

I felt like this was the only thing

all of us owned. Say, "yes, and."

Nobody's "yes, and-ing" me

right now.

You've gotta go. You've gotta go.

I'm being a professional.

In improv,

there are no mistakes.

Like Del close once said,

"fall and then figure out

what to do on the way down."

- Welcome to the improv

- for America theater.

Please turn off your cell phones.

There's no talking.

All right, got your back.

Got your back, got your

back, got your back.

Guys, I'm sorry I'm late.

Oh, no.


"Guys, I'm sorry I'm late."

"Sorry." "There was this

sun in the sky and... oh!"

Guess what.


Don't care that you're late.

I don't care that you're late.

Please welcome the commune!

All right, you guys, let's go.

Hi. I'm Sam.

I'm miles.

I'm bill.




And we are the commune.

Everything you see tonight

is gonna be improvised.

This show is really

all about you guys.

So we want to know, has anybody out

here had a particularly hard day?

And something actually hard, not

like your roommate ate your yogurt.

It was still shitty

when you ate my yogurt, miles.

Go ahead.

I'm looking for

an apartment, and it sucks.

Like, why specifically

does it suck?

The only one I can afford has the

bathroom in the kitchen. Hmm.




As you can see,

there's two bedrooms.


Here is the kitchen.

Nice. There's a

beautiful bathroom.

Is that a toilet?

Yes, that is.

The toilet is in the kitchen.

Hmm, mm.

Mm-hmm, yes. Mm-hmm.

And, um, who are they?

They... they are...

Uh, they are orphans.

They are orphans.


Uh, did you say "orphans"?

Yes. The apartment

comes with orphans.

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Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia (born June 20, 1978) is an American comedian, actor, and filmmaker. He is a frequent contributor to This American Life and The Moth, and has released several comedy albums and television specials. His feature-length directorial debut Sleepwalk with Me (2012), based on his one-man show of the same name and in which he also starred, won awards at the Sundance and Nantucket film festivals. He also wrote, directed, and starred in the comedy-drama Don't Think Twice (2016). His 2010 book Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories was a New York Times bestseller and a finalist for the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor. Birbiglia has appeared in films such as Your Sister's Sister (2011), Cedar Rapids (2011), and Trainwreck (2015), played a recurring role in Orange Is the New Black, and has guest starred in episodes of Girls, Inside Amy Schumer, and Broad City. more…

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