Improv 101 Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm

Improv 101: Improv Basics

Prerequisites All experience levels start with Improv 101
Scheduled Thursdays 3:30-6:30pm
Start Date Sep 13, 2018, 3:30pm
Price $450
Class Size 16 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
Performance Nov 9, 2018, 6:00pm
Students will learn the fundamentals of long-form improvisation including: agreement, active listening, playing characters, playing truthfully and to the top of your intelligence and group mind.

Understanding the fundamentals will be achieved through exercises and scene work in class, seeing improv shows at UCB Theatre and reading the UCB Comedy Improvisation Manual.

Students are required to see at least 2 improvised shows at UCB Theatre before the end of the course.

Course meets for 8 sessions, each 3 hours long.

Students will take part in a class performance, generally held at UCB Theatre.

Class Size: 16 Students


Improv 101 students are required to acquire the Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual by class #2. The Manual can be purchased for non-refundable $25 at UCB Theatre, UCB Training Center NY, UCBstore.com or Amazon.com.


Does not meet October 4.

Eric Gersen, teacher

Eric Gersen is a comedian and musician from New York City who once played piano for Mariah Carey. He is a performer and teacher at the UCBT, where he has performed on Harold Night, and currently performs with the Musical Improv Team Rumpleteaser, which he directs and musically accompanies. He has written several shows that have gone up at the UCBT including his solo show Gersenality: One Man's Search for Google Greatness, and the musical Seventeen Seventy-Something. He is the also Associate Music Director of the Story Pirates, a composer for Improv Everywhere, and he has composed music for various TV Shows including TruTV's Impractical Jokers, as well as web series, podcasts, short films, and videos across the internet.

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