Eric Knobel | Pratfalls of Parenting Ep 56


“I feel like its kind of my job to not chicken out of what my dreams are.”

Improviser, writer, and movie maker Eric Knobel talks about his almost two decades of experience as a performer and becoming a father to twins.

“I have no constructive criticisms other than “Hey, don’t do that.”

Eric talks about the difference between being a strong improviser himself and being able to teach and give feedback to other improvisers. He talks about how direct feedback is his own personal preference but it may not be what works best for everyone. Then Eric unintentionally shares some good basic advice on improvising properly.

“For me, being an improviser is, at this point, in my DNA.”

Eric talks about his time living in New York not working as an improviser but instead immersing himself in the world of script writing and film making and wondering about how taking that time away from his performing may have caused him to miss opportunities. He talks about always wanting to have improv shows on his schedule no matter how busy he gets with other projects.

“Improv is not solitary and you have to be present.”

Eric talks about how anxiety makes him get in his own way and how performing improv makes that go away.

“It’s not pass the crying baby so you can go get something to eat. It’s pass the crying baby so you can pick up the other crying baby.”

Eric talks about going from no kids to becoming a father two twins. He talks about how the variables involved with parenthood are multiplied in strange ways with twins. Eric talks about the intensity of every moment for the first year of his fatherhood. Plus, he talks about taking on an incredibly heavy workload in the run up to fatherhood to try and build a financial base.

“When we found out we were having twins we were 7 weeks from moving to L.A.”

Eric talks about having put together a plan to move to Los Angeles to pursue a dream career and how learning he was expecting twins caused a complete overhaul of plans. He talks about being realistic and responsible and letting that guide career decisions without letting it become a source of regret or resentment.

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