GlassProv Improv Comedy System


As part of a Google-sponsored Glass developer event, we created a Glass-enabled improv comedy show together with noted comedians from ImprovBoston and Big Bang Improv. The actors, all wearing Glass, received cues in real time in the course of their improvisation. In contrast with the traditional model for improv comedy, punctuated by "freezing" and audience members shouting suggestions, using Glass allowed actors to seamlessly integrate audience suggestions. Actors and audience members agreed that this was a fresh take on improv comedy. It was a powerful demonstration that cues on Glass are suitable for performance: actors could become aware of the cues without having their concentration or flow interrupted, and then view them at an appropriate time thereafter.