“From there, I tried out for a community theatre play, joined an improv group… it all started opening up.”
“I come from the world of improv; I love any show or any vehicle that gives me an opportunity to be in the moment.”
“When I started stand-up, the first thing I did was to take an improv class.”
J. B. Smoove
“The shortest feedback loop I can think of is doing improvisation in front of an audience. “
Truly unique comedy writers, great stand-up comedians and talented comedy actors got their start in improv training:
Jerry Seinfeld. Robert Klein. Tina Fey. Mike Myers. Bob Odenkirk. Amy Poehler. Harold Ramis. Andy Richter. Cecily Strong. Jason Sudeikis. Vince Vaughn. Will Ferrell. Joan Rivers. Steve Carell. Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen. Alan Arkin. Avery Schreiber. Del Close. Jack Burns. Fred Willard. Peter Boyle. Joe Flaherty. Brian Doyle-Murray. Harold Ramis. John Belushi. Gilda Radner. Bill Murray. Dan Aykroyd. Eugene Levy. Dave Thomas. George Wendt. Shelley Long. James Belushi. Tim Kazurinsky. Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Richard Kind. Andy Dick. Dan Castellaneta. Bonnie Hunt. Jane Lynch. Mike Myers. Chris Farley. Tim Meadows. Bill Hader. John Lutz. Jack McBrayer. Adam McKay. Susan Messing. Seth Meyers. Stephen Colbert. Scott Adsit. Vanessa Bayer. Matt Besser. Rachel Dratch. Horatio Sanz. Adam McKay.
Improv trains stand-ups in all the skills you need to be truly original and great:
Extraordinary listening skills.
Visual and interactive storytelling.
Uncommon character development.
Unique sense of observation.
Enhanced performance skills.
The ability to read any audience.
Truly being in the moment.
If you have:
Taken a beginners stand-up class when you started.
Have been doing stand-up for more than six months.
Perform at least three sets per week, and you’re ready to move to the next level,
Improv for Stand-Up Comedy is the class for you.