Games & Icebreakers, Up-Front Games

What Are You Doing?


This is an improv game that is played up front. To pull this off, you MUST choose 5 volunteers (adults and/or students) that are comfortable being on stage in front of others…and don’t mind acting goofy in public! Here’s what you do.

Get all 5 of the volunteers up front. Select one of them to be the first actor. Ask the crowd, “What is he doing?” Let them shout out some kind of funky action or task (like, washing an elephant). That person then has to start acting as though he is washing an elephant, sound effects and all!

After 20 seconds or so, the second person steps in and asks the first player who is washing the elephant, “What are you doing?” The first player gets to assign the second player a task to do. It can be anything he wants the second player to do. It does NOT have to correspond to the first action (washing the elephant) at all. When he “assigns” the second player the task to do, he steps off to the side so that player 2 gets 20 seconds to act out his task/action.

Repeat this so that all 5 volunteers get to go at least twice. Let the crowd be the judge as to who did the best job acting out the task. Give the winner a really cool prize.

NOTES: Again, you really need to choose your players wisely. Also, make a disclaimer BEFORE you start that players MUST keep it clean.


Jonathan McKee

Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

Reply your comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*