Have you ever watched Whose Line Is It Anyway? or seen a live improvisational comedy troupe and wondered, “How do they do that?”
To the untrained eye, it may seem like random performances by a group of super humans. But in reality, there’s an underlying structure to improv that anyone – including YOU – can learn and enjoy!
I’ve set up this special page to let you know the various ways you can enjoy my improv offerings, which include:
See details on each below …
Many people who know me through my books and music don’t even realize that I have performed improv many times over the years. In the ’80s I co-founded the Way Off-Broadway Players and in the ’90s a troupe called Wit’s End that did both improv games and scripted sketch comedy. It was a blast.
In 2011 I started teaching the basics of short-form improv comedy games a la Whose Line Is It Anyway. People loved it!
Now I host classes two or three times a month that I call “The Improv Comedy Lab.” These events are part introduction to improv for newcomers and a great night of fun and staying sharp for more experienced players. Each time I mix up the warm-up exercises and games to keep things fresh. I even throw in some musical improv into most sessions.
Please, don’t be intimidated if you’re new to improv or performing. I make it easy and comfortable. And you’ll get to meet new people in a fun and supportive environment.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Thursday, July 20
Thursday, August 3
Thursday, August 17
Thursday, August 31
All classes (unless otherwise noted) are 7:00 to 9:00 PM at CSL
The Center for Spiritual Living (CSL)
12875 Fee Fee Rd, St Louis, MO 63146
(Don’t freak out about the name of the venue. It’s simply a nice space to hold these classes. Okay?)
Not far from 270 and Olive, across Fee Fee from Parkway North High School. The front entrance is on Willowyck Ct, across from the Thornhill Library.
I circle up and start warm-ups at 7:05 so PLEASE do your best to get there a few minutes early and be ready to get the most out of the experience.
The “Improv Comedy Lab” is not a multi-week class. It’s an ongoing drop-in series. Come when you can. But when you do attend, please arrive on time so you get the full benefit.
Remember to dress comfortably so you can easily move around. Ditch the heals and the ties. Ladies may want to wear pants or shorts instead of skirts or dresses.
Fee: $10 per person suggested donation. I won’t turn anyone away for lack of funds, so if you’re able to pay it forward and throw in a little extra to cover someone else, that would be great.
If it’s your first time, there is nothing to prepare for. Just arrive with an open mind and be ready to have fun with some cool people in a supportive environment.
When you attend one or more of these regular events you’ll learn how to:
You can also sign up for my four-week “Improv Comedy for Beginners” class via St. Louis Community College. The next one will be held on four consecutive Mondays (starting October 23, 2017) on the Forest Park campus. Register through STLCC here …
To give you an idea of the fun we have, here’s a video clip of a game called “Sit, Stand, Bend Over.”
And here’s an improvised “Gum on My Shoe” blues song.
I select some of the best improv players in St. Louis and do public performances of the Improv Comedy Cabaret – a full 90-minute to two-hour show of improv games, scenes and songs based on audience suggestions. These events are a blast!
Thursday, July 13, 2017
7:00 to 9:00 PM
The Wolf Cafe
15480 Clayton Road
Ballwin, MO 63011
Free Admission! These shows are usually packed, so get there at 6:00 or so to grab a bite/drink and a seat!
Friday, July 14, 2017
7:00 to 8:30 PM
4510 Manchester Ave (in the Grove)
St. Louis, MO 63110
I’ll provide musical accompaniment and perform with the Playback Theatre improv group.
Do you know any venues that have the space and would like to bring this experience to their patrons? Contact me and let’s explore the possibilities!
Here are more video clips from recent Improv Comedy Cabaret events:
How would you like to bring the improv experience to your home with a select group of friends? It’s kind of like a Tupperware party – without all the bowls and lid burping.
If you have the space for it and can gather between 12 and 20 people to participate, contact me and let’s see if we can make arrangements to bring this to your home, club house, or a rented space of your choice.
The worse that can happen is your guests will complain of stomach cramps the next day because they laughed so hard!
Also check out my St. Louis Improv Comedy Classes and Shows page on Facebook!
Let’s connect and have some fun together. Go to my contact page and get in touch.