The Revolutionary Comedy Award to artists who have not only found commercial success, but also help to make the world a better place. In the past we have honored individuals such as Tony Hale and Keegan-Michael Key. This year we honor Kay Cannon for her tremendous work in comedy and her positive work with individuals and the Steps of Faith Foundation.
Join us for an improv workshop by Devin Dugan!
Devin Dugan has appeared in commercials, films, television, radio and is a nine-time published book author. He has also written several plays and directed numerous stage productions. He is best known for being a professional improviser and the creator, owner and artistic director of ImprovCity, a multi-award winning improv troupe based out of Orange County, CA. Besides improv, he is also a veteran stand-up comedian and sketch comedy performer.
The Fireturtles and an indie comedy Band/troupe and audiences are shocked by the wall of hilarious harmony that comes from this band of fools. The Fireturtles live show is a satire of modern rock concert sending up the music industry, technology, fame and being a fan. They have performed together since 2011 performing at Second City, IO West, UCB, The theatre Complex, The Rouge theatre, and Even “The University of California, Irvine”. They currently have a monthly show in LA at the Nue studio Cafe first Fridays. There first Show was the very popular The Untold Story of Indie Rock, The Birth of Rock and Roll (the 1950’s) and “Self Titled Debut” The Fireturtles are a group of musicians, singers, comedians, actors, writers and filmmakers under the direction of Brett Duggan.
Michael McShane & Tracy Burns rock the stage with musical accompaniment by Allen Simpson. You will not be disappointed.
Devising through Improvisation will be an introduction to creating repeatable and/or writing material from improvisation. We will start with creative atmosphere, and direction explore working from themes and finally creating, sketches, movement and songs from improvisation. We request that attendees have some improv experiences beyond the most basic.
“We have to know why the games exist, or they’ll be misused” ~ Keith Johnstone. In other words, know your improvisational theory! This workshop will focus on key foundational theories of the Impro System as participants learn and engage in several of Johnstone’s most popular games and techniques.
“Just as every scientific theory implies a range of experiments, so each improvisation theory implies a set of games. We have to know why the games exist, or they’ll be misused” ~ Keith Johnstone
Keith Johnstone’s celebrated work as an innovator of impro began over 50 years ago at London’s Royal Court Theatre. Today, classrooms everywhere—within and beyond the traditional theatre—apply the Impro System into their curriculum. Theresa R. Dudeck, Ph.D., argues in her book Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography (London: Bloomsbury, 2013) that the Impro System is a “system” because it cannot be reduced down to its parts without decreasing its efficacy. But because Johnstone’s work has also had extensive commercial success, the fundamentals (i.e., the underpinning theories) of the system often get compromised and impro gets branded as competitive or in ways that do not express its infinite possibilities. Like Johnstone, Dudeck understands the importance of incorporating the theories into the range of applied impro courses she teaches at Chapman University; because once students grasp the theories, it becomes possible for them to identify how an exercise, game, or technique can be applied to solve problems in diverse situations.
This workshop will focus on the key theories underpinning Johnstone’s unique system of improvisational training as participants engage in several of Johnstone’s most popular games, exercises, and techniques. Dudeck hopes this workshop will inspire participants to re-evaluate their understanding of the Impro System and promote further dialogue on how the system can be applied to actor training, business, personal growth, and beyond.
Sisters from another mother improv.
Maribeth Monroe and Jaime Moyer have performed their two man show at theaters all over the country, including headlining spots at The Dallas Comedy Festival, Femprov Fest, and Out of Bounds. Combined they have over 25 years of improv experience, which is weird because they're both just 21 years old.
Character Wheel - In this workshop we will work on ways to create and sustain characters in the moment. Through details and heightening this course will help you play anyone but yourself. We will also make sure we are creating characters not caricatures.
KAREN is a multi-racial multi-cultural improv team that performs at the Nerdist Stage every Sunday at 7, next to Meltdown Comics. Our team members (Tony Tucker, Stephanie Merlo, Nick Casalini, Ashley Blevins, Muriel Montgomery, Mike Hughes, Randy Thompson, and me, Mario Hernandez) are all veterans of television, film, the theater, and online content.
The Nerdist Stage is where graduates of the Nerdist School perform weekly, along with a variety of sketch, improv, stand-up, and storytelling comedians from everywhere. The Nerdist School is one of Chris Hardwick's many-headed beasts under this Nerdist umbrella. Sundays are House Team nights with three hours of improv starting at 7PM and including a weekly faculty show.