Yesterday, I asked Chicago improviser Adal Rifai (Second City, iO, the Playground Theater) what three things he wishes someone had told him about long form that he had to learn the hard way. He responded:
1. Work with other people's ideas in the show, don't just push your own wares.
2. Be ok putting forward coal and trusting the team will make it into a diamond vs trying to produce a diamond with every line.
3. Be willing to sacrifice your idea/preconceived notions at any time for the success of the scene/show.