One of the most common categories of questions I get to this improv blog is the “I’m playing with someone bad. What do I do?” Variations include that so and so is sticking out amongst the group, or maybe is behind everyone else, or playing really broadly, or mugging at the audience, or is somehow…
Just to play Old Man on the Mountain here: I was moaning to Kevin Dorff about a player I didn’t like on a team I was on once and his advice was don’t worry about “the guy.” He said, you’ll get rid of “the guy” and there’ll be a new “the guy.”
As an improv teacher, I can see the judging of other people a mile away and the most successful people strap in and go for the ride. They’re generous of spirit towards one another. That’s the whole “treat each other as geniuses” part of it.