Verb. Or Noun. Whatever.
A term used by improvisers (those who perfrom improv
), to describe the act of improvising material at any time prior to the actual performance (bad), or planning how the performance of improvised material plays out (worse). In either case, pre-prov-ing (pre-provving?) renders the pre-prov-ed (pre-provved?) material un-improvisable, and thus null, void, and unapproachable to any good sport of a good improviser. Improv practice is intentional pre-prov, in order to practice skills and techniques. When just joking around, yes, unintentional pre-prov happens, and though often funny, may present a major bummer to any good sport of a good improviser. Though often adaptable to create quality, finalized, REHEARSED material (i.e., a practiced comedy sketch, a polished song), what is pre-prov-ed/pre-provved can never be performed as true improv (without involving memory loss, that is).
Note: What one performer pre-provs may still be original to another, and still qualify as improv, providing that the second performer did not know of the first's pre-prov bummer.
Y'know those U-shaped neck pillows? They're so funny. Two or three separate times my mom and I have gone into hard-core Object Freeze using them - we must have come up with close to 30 different ideas. But, to me it's such a bummer because now, I know that just about everything I can think up for those U-shaped neck pillows is pre-prov and not true improv.