Since 1997, I’ve been involved in improvisational (or “improv”) comedy, most notably with the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) Theater. Improv involves talking and interacting on stage, generally with others, without pre-planning or preparing the content in any way.
Specifically, I do “longform” improv, which means you improvise without strict pre-set formats and go a whole show (generally about 30 minutes) without repeatedly stopping to get new suggestions. (This is as opposed to “shortform” improv, which involves resetting with new suggestions after each scene, and setting up structures for the improv designed to make funny stuff happen.)
I often describe longform improv as walking onto a bare stage, getting a suggestion from the audience, and then collaboratively writing, acting and directing an episode of a sketch comedy show, with no pre-planning and no “leader”.
It’s fun to watch and to do.
I perform every week with a house team called the Curfew at the UCB in New York City.
My classes and workshops
I teach improv regularly at the Upright Citizens Brigade Training Center. I also do workshops for corporate clients, training employees in collaboration and teamwork using improv techniques. And I’ve also taught at improv festivals all across the globe.
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