I’m currently being considered for a big corporate facilitation job in January—for those of you who don’t know, corporate facilitation is built on the tenuous argument that the fundamentals of theatrical improvisation also apply to the business world, thus enabling facilitators charge big money for teaching improv games to business clients.
During a rehearsal for this job one of my fellow facilitators flagged a potential problem, wherein a pair of participants in a particular exercise would be labeled as “A” and “B”. Citing a potential status issue – that is, person “B” feeling second-best—he suggested the labels “A” and “1”.
The response from higher-ups? “That’s a great idea!”
My response? “That’s simultaneously the saddest and most hilarious fucking thing I’ve ever heard!”