Upright Citizens Brigade Improvisation and Sketch Comedy Training Center

(7480) Improv 301 Fridays 3-6pm Betsy Stover


Improv 301: Harold Structure

Prerequisites
Must have received written notice that you have successfully completed Improv 201.
Scheduled
Fridays 3-6pm
Start Date
Fri September 7, 2012, 3:00pm EDT
Price
$350.00

[b]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.[/b]

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


Class does not meet Aug 31

Betsy Stover, Teacher

Betsy Stover is excited to be in Los Angeles! She has been withthe UCBT in NYC since 1997, serving as an improviser, actor, writer, director, and coach. She's been on numerous UCBT Harold teams including COWBOT, ICE-NINE, and DECOSTER; and in a million UCBT shows, including ASSSSCAT 3000, LET'S HAVE A BALL, and the two NYC SOUNDTRACKS LIVE shows directed by, respectively, Amy Poehler and David Wain. She wrote and performed two long-running UCBT sketch shows with her comedy partner, Katty Biscone. BETSY & KATTY's eponymous debut was directed by Rob Corddry. Betsy toured nationally with the one-woman off-Broadway show, MOTHER LOAD. She also co-hosted HOT FOR TEACHER: THE FACULTY SHOW at UCB East in NYC, a free-form improv show with a rotating cast of UCBT teachers. Betsy has taught improv comedy at UCBT since 2001.

Betsy appeared in countless sketches on NBC's LATE NIGHT WITHCONAN O'BRIEN, and has starred in many television and radio commercials. She is currently working on developing original content for Nick Mom.

Betsy attended New York University and studied acting, directing,and production design at Tisch's Playwrights Horizons Theater School. Betsy studied improv with Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Armando Diaz, Mick Napier, Joe Bill, and Mark Sutton, as well as comedy writing with Emily Spivey, Matt Besser, Ali Farrahnakian, and Joe Toplyn. 

Follow @BetsyStover on Twitter, where she mostly makes jokes andobservations about the 1 and 3 year old sons she shares with her husband, Ari Voukydis, a fellow UCBT performer and teacher, in the chaos thunderdome that is their life.

Schedule

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September 2012
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  • Class #4

    UCB NYC Classroom 3
     
  • UCB NYC Classroom 3
    145 W 30th St. 4th Flr
    (btwn 6th & 7th Ave)
     
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    UCB NYC Classroom 3
     
  • Class #8

    UCB NYC Classroom 6
     
  • Performance

    UCB EAST
     
  • UCB NYC Classroom 3
    145 W 30th St. 4th Flr
    (btwn 6th & 7th Ave)
     
  • UCB NYC Classroom 6
    145 W 30th St. 4th Flr
    (btwn 6th & 7th Ave)
     
  • UCB EAST
    153 E. 3rd St. at Avenue A

     
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This Course is Completed.