John Cleese on Creativity

 

This is a wonderful lecture by John Cleese on creativity that really gets to the heart of a lot of what we’re doing at Big Blue Door: how improv works, what our writing classes teach, and why we think storytelling is important. Added bonus: Danish subtitles!

One minor quibble is the casual reference to playing and/or creativity as a “childlike” state. Play might seem childlike because children are much better at it than adults, but children are much better at learning languages too, and no one says that speaking your native language is childlike. What makes children good at playing is their focused abandon, their ability to really give themselves over to the game they’re playing. For adults this takes help, which is what classes are for.

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