A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this podcast.
Creative expression should be fun. Playing well with others, teamwork, and being a good sport when a competition doesn't go your way, are important social-emotional skills. Following the rules actually makes games more fun.
Positive Role Models
Both host Carly Ciarrocchi and the contestants have welcoming, agreeable attitudes. They all seem enthusiastic and eager to have silly fun with each exercise. And they embrace the opportunity to indulge their creative selves in the creation of new characters and scenarios. The participants show how improv comedy centers around teamwork and playing off one another.
The voice actors who appear on Don't Break the Rules are pretty evenly divided between men and women. The characters assigned to them run the gamut from "fancy pants-y lady" to a "spy baby." Beyond that, there isn't much opportunity for diverse representation.
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Potty humor frequently pops up in the show. Even the theme song proudly proclaims that "farts and rainbows are allowed."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Don't Break the Rules is an improv comedy show for kids that plays out like a game show. Instead of focusing on social-emotional lessons or presenting educational facts, this show is pure fun and silliness for kids and the whole family. The hosts demonstrate creativity and teamwork throughout as they improvise new characters, settings and stories each episode. Potty humor does pop up from time to time, but it's usually pretty tame and silly. This could be a great intro to improv comedy for hilarious little ones or a great show for families to listen and laugh to together.
Is It Any Good?
Don't Break the Rules is an improv comedy game show that just might be the inspiration some kids need to follow their creative interests. In every episode, the four contestants demonstrate how fun and unpredictable it can be when you engage your imagination without getting caught up in overthinking. Moreover, because the voice actors who compete take their suggestions from kids, it subtly empowers young listeners. Before they even listen, they're already connected in some small way to the show. And the results are hilarious, over-the-top characters and storylines.
For older listeners, Don't Break the Rules allows a chance to hear professional voice actors give in to their childlike ability to play pretend. The offbeat prompts for each challenge – such as continuing a never-ending story, creating a spontaneous nursery rhyme, and hitting a wild high note in song – ensure no two episodes are the same. While many kids podcasts focus on teaching lessons or educating young listeners, Don't Break the Rules touches on another, equally important goal: stoking their creativity and love for silliness and laughter. And it does so in a warm, inventive way, appropriate for all ages.
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