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ImprovBoston regularly hosts nationally acclaimed improv instructors, directors, performers, authors, playwrights, and actors as part of our Master Class Series. Our goal is to provide ongoing opportunities for our students, cast, and wider community to experience a variety of talent and perspectives.

 

KEVIN MCDONALD RETURNS TO IMPROVBOSTON! 

      

Kevin McDonald returns to ImprovBoston to teach classes on the art of sketch comedy! Kevin will be teaching two separate one-day intensives over one fun filled weekend! See all the detail below! 

SAT., FEB. 2: KEVIN MCDONALD: THE SKETCH COMEDY TUNE UP, 10AM-6PM

The Sketch Tune Up Workshop gives you the chance to put your work in the hands of sketch comedy royalty. In addition to gaining firsthand knowledge of how Kevin approaches writing sketches, you'll get the opportunity to gain some personal and direct feedback from Kevin on one of your own sketches. After shared readings, Kevin and the other members of the class will discuss each sketch in depth. At this point, you'll get to take those notes directly to the page as you'll re-write and edit your sketch and share it with Kevin for even more direct feedback. Whether you're a veteran sketch writer or a seasoned pro, this is the perfect workshop for anyone looking to gain experience in writing sketch comedy! 

 

Please bring: 

  • Laptop or tablet/notebook and pen
  • Enough copies of your script to be read aloud(one for each character, one for Kevin, one for stage directions) 

Cost is $180. A payment plan is available. Contact comedyschool@improvboston.com for more information.

 

 

SUN., FEB. 3: KEVIN MCDONALD:SKETCH THRU IMPROV, THE KIDS IN THE HALL WAY! 10AM-5:30PM 

Kevin McDonald from The Kids in the Hall returns to ImprovBoston! 

In this one day intensive workshop, Kevin McDonald takes you through the journey of how the Kids in the Hall would create sketches by using improvisation. After Kevin shares his views and experience on how to create comedy sketches, he will lead the students to discover comedic premises through improv games and scenes. Those scenes will then be replayed and dissected, eventually becoming a fully written, original sketch! This is a fantastic class for anyone looking to gain insight into how to turn your brilliant improv scenes into something more than one and done! 

Cost is $180. A payment plan is available. Contact comedyschool@improvboston.com for more information. 

 

ABOUT KEVIN MCDONALD:

Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupes television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. McDonald went on to appear in a variety of films including Boy Meets Girl, Lilo & Stitch, “Lilo & Stitch: The Series”, and Epic Movie. On television, he has appeared on “The Martin Short Show,” “Ellen,” “That 70s Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “NewsRadio,” “MADtv,” “Arrested Development,” and “Corner Gas.”

McDonald has also done voice work for various animated series, including Nickelodeon’s “Invader Zim,” “The Angry Beavers,” “Catscratch,” and “Clerks: The Animated Series.” He also played an imaginary friend named Ivan in the episode ‘Sight For Sore Eyes’ on “Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends,” appeared inthe music video for “Roses” by Outkast, and made an appearance in “Tim and Erics Awesome Show.” In 2006 McDonald hosted a CBC Television special, featuring several of Canadas best-known sketch comedy troupes. “Sketch with Kevin McDonald” won a Canadian Comedy Award (Best Taped Live Performance - The Minnesota Wrecking Crew). He was recently at the Just for Laughs Festival with the reunion of Kids in the Hall, and also with his show “Hammy and the Kids” with Craig Northey, based on his two dysfunctional families, his father (“Hammy”) and the Kids in the Hall, as well as “Death Comes to Town” on CBC.


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