Is improv a cult? After spending most of my adult life involved in improv comedy I have just recently come to the conclusion that it is, in fact, a cult. I have been involved in almost every aspect of improv comedy – as well as other forms of comedy. But I have learned that it doesn’t matter where the improv is happening, whether it is a new group of beginners, or the old tried and true institutions of improv, the method of controlling people is eerily similar to how Scientology and other cults control their followers. My family has also been touched by Scientology as well so I think I have some insight into this.
Right off the bat I’d like to say that it is probably true that improv is not as vicious as Scientology. People are not held against their will for instance. However, Scientology is probably one of the more extreme cases of cult-like behavior. So if “SC” and other improv organizations are only half of what Scientology is, there is still cause for alarm. In other words, just because Trump isn’t Hitler doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be alarmed when we notice the similarities.
(Please come back next week Tuesday Feb. 21/2017 for PART ONE of this series called “BEWARE OF NARCISSISTIC PERSONALITY DISORDERS!” Please feel free to comment if you have stories that relate to this subject).