Improv 101 Mondays and Wednesdays 3-6pm

Improv 101: Improv Basics

Prerequisites All experience levels start with Improv 101
Scheduled Mondays and Wednesdays 3-6pm
Start Date Jun 24, 2019, 3:00pm
Price $450
Class Size 16 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
Performance Jul 21, 2019, 12:00pm
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, or

Erik Tanouye, teacher

Erik Tanouye Erik Tanouye is a half-Japanese comedian who can be seen every Saturday night performing with The Curfew at the UCB Theatre in Chelsea.

He was a creative consultant for Netflix's The Characters: Natasha Rothwell episode. He also writes for the UCB Digital Team The Council.

He created the popular blog Song Lyrics in Chart Form ( which is now available as a book:
His popular twitter feed is available here:

He co-wrote the viral hit "BP Spills Coffee" video (in which he also appears as a Halliburton employee).

Erik has directed many Maude Night shows in the past and written for sketch groups (212), Pocketwatch, Neighbor Boy, Chunk, and Dinner. As an improviser, he performed at Harold night for eight years as a member of legendary teams like Grandma's Ashes, 1985, Dillinger, The Shoves, Bastian, and The Scam.

He is originally from Maryland.

He has an English degree from Dartmouth College and is currently School Manager for the UCB Training Center.

He lives in Hudson Heights.

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