Nerdist School Classes
By Ben Dunn on March 3, 2014
Improvisational comedy is based on the fundamental concept of living in the moment, listening and adapting to the world around you, and supporting one another in creating comedic moments and rich environments.
LEVEL 1 IMPROV
Starting October 4th, 2014
[OCT 4th-NOV 22nd]
Instructor: MONIKA SMITH
Monika is an actor and writer from Canada who modeled internationally until she realized that she liked smiling and eating more than standing and posing. She has performed for years at UCB LA & UCBNY, The Second City Toronto Touring Company, Second City LA, iO Chicago, iO West and the Annoyance Theater. You can still see her performing in multiple theaters across LA.
She’s also acted in Who Gets The Last Laugh?, Newsreaders, Newsroom, Joe Schmo Show, Two And a Half Men, Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time, Disaster Date, Players, The Tonight Show and Conan.
This eight-week course will cover the fundamentals of good storytelling. Using the basics of story structure, students will learn a variety of approaches to take true, hilarious, embarrassing, and revealing events from their lives and turn them into compelling, engaging, and entertaining stories.
Each student will leave the class with at least one six-ten minute story which can be used at The Moth or other shows on the story telling circuit.
Starting OCT 17th, 2014
[OCT 17th-DEC 12th]
Instructor: JOHN FLYNN
John Flynn has been performing, writing, and directing since 2004. He’s a regular performer on the monthly storytelling show Nights of Our Lives, and for two years hosted the storytelling open mic Oh Hey Guys. He has appeared on Risk!, The Moth, The Lair Show, Sideshow Goshko, Animated Stories, and The Story Collider. An album of his stories is available at www.faggotmunchkin.com. He’s also appeared on podcasts for Risk!, The Moth, Story Collider, and A Funny Thing. He is the co-creator of Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever! His one man shows, Themepark Superstar, Baked, andDances With Pitchforks: Confessions of a Farm Boy, have been performed at Caroline’s Comedy Club, Joe’s Pub, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, and theaters in Los Angeles, Boston, and Key West, Florida. He has been published in The Daily News,Go Metric Magazine, and Worst Laid Plans, a book about Craigslist hook-ups.
Sketch comedy thrives on the organic dialogue developed in improv, but with the ability to hone and refine a scene the possibilities become extra endless. Keep audiences at the edge of their folding chairs and learn to harness your comedic perspective, write beats for a scene, and create characters with elastic statuses.
SKETCH WRITING 1
Starting October 6th, 2014
[OCT 6th-NOV 24th]
Instructor: DAN TELFER
Dan Telfer has been writing and performing comedy for over 15 years. As a writer for The Onion he wrote both editorial content and the web series The Onion’s Extremely Accurate History of the Internet. In addition to The Onion his writing has appeared in Paste Magazine and The A.V. Club. In Chicago he started with ImprovOlympic in the late 90′s and ran with the sketch groups Blewt! and Rogue . Starting with Chicago and continuing in LA, he has had the distinct pleasure of teaching at Second City. But he is perhaps known best for his stand-up chunk “The Best Dinosaur,” which became a runaway viral video hit and earned him an internet following.