THE NERDIST SCHOOL
by Brian Walton on July 29, 2013
Nerdist Industries is proud to present the grand opening of THE NERDIST SCHOOL, L.A.’s brand new multi-level Improv and Sketch Comedy Training Program!
THE NERDIST SCHOOL [7518 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046] is committed to become a fertile breeding ground for future writers and performers by offering a variety of classes in improv, sketch, TV writing, storytelling, animation, and more – all taught by dedicated and experienced instructors. Students of THE NERDIST SCHOOL will also have the opportunity to perform next door at The Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown Comics, L.A.’s hottest alt comedy venue.
NEW CLASSES 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.
THE NERDIST SCHOOL will offer 4 levels of improvisational comedy classes. Each class will run for 8 weeks, culminating in a graduation performance at The Nerdist Showroom at Meldtown Comics. The normal tuition for any class (improv, sketch, etc.) will be priced at $350 but if you sign up for a class between now and December 31, 2013, you will only pay $300 per class!
LEVEL 1 IMPROV
Starting January 5th, 2014
[JAN 5 - FEB 23]
Instructor: REBEKKA JOHNSON
Rebekka Johnson is a multifaceted comedian living in Los Angeles. She has been teaching improv for over ten years at various schools around the country including The PIT in NYC, UCLA and Columbia University. Rebekka currently serves as writer and producer of Speakeasy, a talk show hosted by Paul F. Tompkins for Mademan.com. She has also directed episodes of Speakeasy featuring Michele Rodriguez, Steven Yeun, Judy Greer and Jake Johnson. Rebekka is a co-creator of The Apple Sisters, an award winning musical comedy trio. With The Apple Sisters she has produced countless live shows, two albums and many videos, including Shit 40’s Girls Say. Rebekka has written content for Slate V, Chow and Atomic Wedgie. She has directed several stage shows including, The New York Smiths (featuring Chris Smith and Rebecca Delgado Smith), Rachel Bloom is a Triple Threat and The Irish Peddlers. She continues to write and produce her own material across all platforms.
LEVEL 1 IMPROV
Starting January 16th, 2014
[JAN 16 - MAR 5]
Instructor: TARA COPELAND
Tara Copeland made her way into comedy after 18 years in Arkansas via Bryn Mawr College, where she discovered her love for sketch and improv while performing with The Lighted Fools. Tara is a member of the group Mother (2001 Cage Match Tournament Champions), who invented the forms The SleepOver and The Soundtrack and the group Ms. Jackson (2004 ECNY Best Improv Group)! She has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Best Week Ever, College Road Trip, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and the latest season of Arrested Development. She performs regularly with Baby Wants Candy and The Made Up Musical. Visit www.taracopeland.net for information on upcoming shows, resume and reel.
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 January 6th, 2014
[JAN 6 - FEB 24]
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.