Upright Citizens BrigadeImprovisation and Sketch ComedyTraining Center
(9833) Improv 301 Wednesdays 7-10pm John Murray
Improv 301: Harold Structure
Must have received written notice that you have successfully completed Improv 201.
Wed May 7, 2014, 7:00pm EDT
[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
John Murray, Teacher
John Murray started studying with the UCB in 2004. He currently is a member of the UCB House Team Death By Roo Roo and can be seen performing with them every Saturday night. John is also member of the UCB Touring Company that performs improv in different venues across the country. He is a former member of the UCB Harold Team, Bastian, which as of November 2009 became the longest running Harold Team in UCB history. He is also a member of The UCB Maude Team Stone Cold Fox. John has appeared in videos on UCBComdey.com and Atom.com. He has performed in many improv and sketch festivals such as the San Francisco Sketch Fest and the Rhode Island Improv Fest. John graduated from Syracuse University in 2000 with a BFA in acting. He has appeared in many television commercials and appears regularly on NBC's 30 Rock as one of "The Writers Who Never Talk". John happily lives in Brooklyn with his wife and is pumped to be teaching at the UCB.