(7951) Improv 401 Thursdays 7-10pm Ari Voukydis
Improv 401: Harold Workshop
- Completion of Improv 301 within previous two years
- Thursdays 7-10pm
- Start Date
- Thu January 10, 2013, 7:00pm EST
Improv 401 serves as the end official "end" of our improv program. This course offers students the chance to strengthen their individual skills while giving them more practice with the long form improvisation performance known as the Harold.
The course focuses on playing truthfully, to the top of your intelligence, while practicing agreement and support. Students will be sensitive to the games of their scenes, and connect the scenes into one cohsive piece (the "Harold").
Teachers will offer more individual feedback at this level.
Course meets for 8 sessions, each 3 hours long.
Students will take part in at least two class performances, 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.
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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