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What is an "Ask For"?

Getting Suggestions from the Audience

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"Ask Fors" are requests for suggestions from the audience. Improv actors receive some of their best material when the crowd shouts out simple, zany, and/or creative ideas.

Typical Ask Fors include questions such as, “Can I get a location?” or “Can I get an occupation?” However, they can be much more unusual and inventive. Once the audience suggestion is accepted, an improvised scene can begin. Performers utilize the audience’s “ask-for” and do their best to generate characters, conflict, and laughter.

Would you like to create some Ask Fors of your own? Try this: Write a list of words from A to Z. (Ex: Animal, Body, Career, Dinner, Etc.). Then, create sentences or questions which ask information from a potential audience.

Here’s my list of Ask-Fors:

An animal you would not expect to find in an apartment?

A part of the human body?

A poor career choice?

A historical figure you would like to invite for dinner?

A celebrity you would not want to meet in an elevator?

A product known for false advertising?

A board game?

The worst location for a resort hotel?

A brand new invention?

The punch-line of a really corny joke?

A person you would not expect to be a karate instructor?

A foreign language?

The first thing you would buy after winning the lotto?

Fill in the blank: “I am a professor of (BLANK) – ology.”

A person you would not want to meet at a nude beach?

A phobia?

A topic for a pop-quiz?

An unlikely subject for a rap song?

A really cool super power?

A title of a television show?

An occupation that requires a uniform?

The wrong place to take a date on Valentine’s Day?

A place you would not expect to find a weather man?

Something you would not find in an X-Ray?

The name of a yoga position?

The name of the new exhibit at the zoo?

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