The editing dilemma.
Scene is like a roller coaster. We see the car climbing the first Hill. Sometimes we edit before the car gets to rush down the hill. This releases the tension but the audience doesn’t get a chance to breath.
Some high tension scenes need to play out for the laugh after the dramatic moment.
What about the concern to protect the players inside the scene?
is this a kind of improvising codependency where we feel we need to protect our fellow players. What are we protecting them from? They are all capable of changing the scene, sneezing, laughing, leaving, whatever. So why the feeling of needing to protect? We got your back. Support your scene partner. Support their moves. Support them by allowing them to be on a tense scene.