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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.
Putting News and Jokes Together -- Is it For You?
with Eric Drysdale
Saturday, February 15, 2014, 3PM - 6PM | $65
Late Night News Satire Workshop
A 3-hour workshop for writers of late-night topical-style satire taught by Colbert Report writer Eric Drysdale. In a simulated late-night writers room, students will find news stories, figure out why they're funny, and develop them into sharp, joke-filled headline segments under the guidance of a 12-year veteran of fake news. Be prepared to write fast and funny and to present your work aloud.
Prerequisite: completion of SKETCH 101 or higher
$65 per person. Maximum: 10 students
Day/Time: Saturday 3PM - 6PM
Class Dates: February 15, 2014
Student Showcase: None
Class Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater
A graduate of Boston's Emerson College, Eric Drysdale moved to New York in 1994 to pursue a career in comedy. For several years he honed his voice and writing as a standup, performing in storied "alternative" comedy venues like Surf Reality, Luna Lounge and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.
In early 2000, he was hired as a writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, where he contributed to their acclaimed coverage of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections. In late 2005, Eric joined Stephen Colbert to help develop his spin-off The Colbert Report. During his tenure at the two shows, he has shared in 7 writing Emmys, 4 Peabody awards and 3 Writers Guild awards. He also contributed to Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert's bestselling tie-in books.
Eric has produced and written 3 shows at NY's Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, including 2005's variety show spoof The Chipperton Family Vocal-Tainers' Shooby Dooby Hour, which was an official selection at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival. He has also taught sketch writing and directed sketch teams at UCB, and can be seen there in The Colbert Report staff's monthly improv show, Seize The Mustard.
with Jet Eveleth
Sunday, February 23, 2014, 1PM - 4PM | $65
If you feel stuck in your head this is the workshop for you.
This workshop is designed to help students move past the traps of complicated situations and forced invention. We will let go of feeling robotic and play from a place that is more present to what is happening right now. This workshop offers the opportunity to discover your own natural comedic play by bringing more of yourself to the stage. We will focus on techniques that allow your thoughts to descend and that ignite your imagination. We will take a completely unique approach to the stage by using the iO long-form approach with Lecoq clown and Meisner techniques to discover your own comedic voice.
This course is designed for all levels, so whether you are a novice looking to express your creativity or a professional honing your craft, this class is for you.
Note: There is no Student Showcase performance for this Master Class.
Jet Eveleth has been fortunate to teach the art of improvisation all over the world. She has taught in theaters and college all over the US And recently taught in Norway and Latvia on a cultural exchange with US embassy. She helped create the curriculum and taught for the Comedy Studies program at Columbia College and is the former artistic director of the Chicago Improv Festival. She received her M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts with a focus on comedic studies and improvisation. She is faculty at The Second City Conservatory Program and the iO Theater. She is a member of improv ensemble The Reckoning iO West in Los Angeles. She currently tours the improvised shows Adsit and Eveleth with Scott Adsit from 30 Rock and Jet and Paul with SNL's Paul Brittain. She has also toured the original shows, The Barb Lameter Show, Touched, and I Live Next Door To Horses (Winner of Del Close Award for Best Scripted Show). She has performed at the Andy Kaufman Awards and was included in “Best Of Chicago's Stand-Up” at The Lincoln Lodge. She was listed as New City magazine’s "Top 50 Players" for 2010 and 2012. She recently development a television pilot mockumentary titled You Should Be Famous.
"The whole workshop made me feel like trusting yourself was key. And it also made me really feel more comfortable with my body. I've had a total epiphany from the workshop that has moved beyond just improvisation and comedy, and into how I'm living right now."
-Shanna Merlin, Merlin Works, Austin TX
“Zen-like insight.” -Michael Waterson, The Register, Napa CA
"Jet is a comedic powerhouse. I can honestly say that I’ve never taken any course that has better shown me what I’m capable of as a comedian."
-Jess Grant, Toronto, Canada
"Jet's class made me want to cry. Best workshop I've taken in 3 years. "
-Nate Morse, Chicago, IL
"Ego breaking! Go with an open mind and be ready to leave feeling victorious."
-Sarah McPeck, Chicago, IL
"Get in a room with Jet and she'll remind you why you became a comedian in the first place." -Allison Unger, New York, NY
"Exactly what I was looking for."- Jennifer Ducharme, Chicago, IL
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