Improv 301 Mondays and Wednesdays 3-6pm

Improv 301: Harold Structure

Prerequisites Must have received written notice that you have successfully completed Improv 201.
Scheduled Mondays and Wednesdays 3-6pm
Start Date May 4, 2020, 3:00pm
Price $450
Class Size 16 students
Sessions 8 sessions, 3 hours each
Performance Jun 3, 2020, 6:00pm
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.

 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
Does not meet May 25.

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 Hell's Kitchen.

He was a creative consultant for Netflix's The Characters: Natasha Rothwell episode, as well as the writer of the viral satire video "BP Spills Coffee." He has also worked on videos and series for Nerdist, IFC, and Comedy Central, and appeared on Earwolf's podcast "WOMP It Up!" as Nathan Ponsor.

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

He has been writing and performing at the UCB Theatre since 2002, and teaching at the Training Center for over a decade.

He lives in Manhattan.

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