I was in the audience for an improv show the other day and overheard my new favorite under-the-breath comment from a fellow audience member. I was all the way in the back of a show where the audience would vote on their favorite improv team. With voting on the line, this meant that the audience was full of friends and family of the performers. These people probably have less experience going to improv shows than a typical improv audience member would, they are there for support and otherwise probably wouldn’t have come out. (This is healthier than my habit of seeing way too much improv.)
There were two people sitting to the right of me, a guy and a girl, that were there together. A couple of minutes into what would be a 15-minute improv piece, the girl leaned over to the guy and calmly said, “it’s not funny yet.” Ha!
No matter which is the truth, I’m going to start saying “it’s not funny yet” a lot more in life.