Storytelling and Solo Work 101: Storytelling and Solo Work 101
- Completion of Improv 101 or Sketch 101
- Fridays 3-6pm
- Start Date
- Fri September 21, 2012, 3:00pm EDT
Learn how to use your untapped humanity and embarrassing moments in a way that can reach a wide audience. You will finish this class able to fill in the blank, "----------- is the story of my life."
Each student leaves class with a six-ten minute showcase-able set of autobiographical material. The first half of the class is filled with fun exercises to derive all the life experience that already lies within you. From that hilarious material, you will find your final piece. The second four weeks of the class focuses on polishing and perfecting your story, which will stand alone in the class show, but can also be a part of a bigger solo work.
Learn to dig inside your own life to find humorous, relate-able, material, which unifies an audience by making them laugh at their own experiences through your brave performance. Additional focus is on getting through the fear of being judged for our honesty, and true life experiences. In the past, many students have gone on to produce autobiographical one person shows, win at the Moth Storyslams, perform on the storytelling circuit, or complete their memoir.
John Flynn, Teacher
John Flynn has been performing, writing, and directing at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade since 2004. He’s a regular performer on Nights of Our Lives, and hosts the open mic story telling show, Oh Hey Guys, Mondays at the UCB Sunset’s Inner Sanctum. He has directed one person shows by Jenny Slate, Jon Gabrus, Joe Mande, Andrea Rosen, Gil Ozeri, Nick Zimmerman, and Adam Wade.
He is the co-creator of Showgirls: The Best Movie Ever Made. Ever! His one man shows, Themepark Superstar and Dances With Pitchforks: Confessions of a Farm Boy, have been performed at Caroline’s Comedy Club, Joe’s Pub, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater, and theaters in Los Angeles, Boston, and Key West, Florida. He has been published in The Daily News, Go Metric Magazine, and Worst Laid Plans, a book about Craigslist hook-ups.