(7342) Improv 301 Thursday 3-6pm Ari Voukydis
Improv 301: Harold Structure
- Successful Completion of Improv 201 within previous two years
- Thursday 3-6pm
- Start Date
- Thu July 5, 2012, 3:00pm EDT
If you took Improv 201 in January 2010 or later, you cannot enroll in this course until you receive written notice that you have successfully completed Improv 201. ONLY if 10 days have passed since your graduation performance and you have not received this information, please email the registrar at [email protected] for NY classes or [email protected] for LA classes.
This course introduces students to the long form improvisation structure known as "The Harold," developed by Del Close.
"The Harold" is a series of scenes inspired by a single suggestion that fit together into one cohesive half hour piece. Students learn how to 1) perform openings, 2) create scenes inspired by an opening 3) perform "group games," 4) second and third beats (returning to scenes later in the piece).
Course meets for 8 sessions, each 3 hours long.
Students will take part in a class performance, generally held at the UCB Theatre.
Students required to see at least 2 improvised shows at the UCB Theater before the end of the course.
Class Size: 16 Students
Ari Voukydis, Teacher
Ari has been performing improv, standup and sketch comedy since there were hookers in Times Square. He has been a member of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre since 1997 and has been teaching there for over ten years.
Ari is a regular on all those VH-1 shows your niece watches, like The Best Week Ever and Top 100 Videos, and has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Comedy Central's The Upright Citizens Brigade.
He has contributed to Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update and has written for GQ, Grantland, SPY, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly and many other magazines.
Ari is one half of the comedy duo Mark & Ari, whose last show, Loft, ran at UCB Chelsea for a year and was a Time Out New York Critic's Pick. Their comedy short "Small World" was directed by John Landis and featured on The Tonight Show. The have won an award or two for script writing. No big deal.
Over the years Ari has been lucky enough to fall in with some fantastic Harold teams, like DeCoster and Pound, and has been part of countless shows, including ASSSCAT, Let's Have a Ball and Wicked F***in' Queeyah, an annual salute to his home town of Boston that he co-created with Amy Poehler and Rob Corddry. He co-hosts Hot For Teacher: The UCB Faculty Show every Wednesday night with his insanely funny wife Betsy Stover.
Ari and Betsy live in Brooklyn with their intrepid sons Rex and Ajax and their good-natured but humorless terrier Walter. Ari is currently writing a superhero courtroom comedy feature film, and is working with Mark Sarian on a sketch comedy web series for 2013.
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