What a great improv class today. Gary taught, and we did some hardcore work with scene reality. We decided to ground ourselves, do real scenes based on real people in real situations. We stopped worrying about being funny, and worked on being real in the scene.
It worked great. Every scene was, at the very least, interesting. We had some stirring scenes, and some funny things. But the humour arose naturally, from natural situations, and was therefore all the better.
Of course, it makes sense upon retrospection. All of the people I was working with are funny in real life. They don't memorize jokes or anything - they're just naturally funny. Put these naturally funny people in natural situations, and they can end up being hilarious. Naturally.