‘Emotionally Shaken, Not Stirred’ - a dark & twisted sketch revue now playing at The Second City’s Donny’s Skybox Theater
Only 3 more Fridays left, if you’re in Chicago, come check it out!
Mondays in May: STRANGER and BC bring you an improv double feature that will make you believe in our children again. Check out some of the critical acclaim for these teams:
“who are these people?” - an iO student
“what the hell am I watching?” - blind guy
“funniest ever” - Steve Martin, from Martin’s Deli
Every week we trick different teams to perform before us, until the late people show up, who we love the most.
Monday nights @ The Lincoln Loft. FREE. BYOB. Donations aggressively accepted.
5/6 @ 8PM
5/13 @ 10:30PM (LATE SHOW!)
5/20 @ 8PM
5/27 @ 8PM
Mullaney: Second City BoatCo Auditions in NYC -
Hey NYC, please reblog to get the word out
Second City Theatricals is seeking actors for ensembles on Norwegian Cruise Line ships. A ship-specific audition will be held at the Magnet Training Center in New York City on Thursday, May 16th, 2013. Audition will be completely improvised….
Nerd Session With Improv Nerd’s Jimmy Carrane -
I interview an improv icon, the Improv Nerd himself.
Social Share Day for CIF16
Are you coming to this year’s Chicago Improv Festival? Please help us create some buzz today by…
My iO summer intensive team VISIBLY TIGHT gets to be a part of this year’s CIF. Friday April 5th @ Bughouse Theater. 10PM
Been unemployed for over a year now so in order to take Second City classes, I volunteer at events like Carson’s coupon book sales at a mall in Norridge, IL. This town loves Creed and Cinnabon.
Get Over It! -
A great improv article about processing fear and commitment featuring some of the greatest working in Chicago today.
Don’t go bigger; go deeper. All of these people have met, so you have that out of the way. Now you can spend your time just digging in - and by digging in, I mean with a scalpel, to cause pain. —
Joss Whedon on writing Avengers 2. (via chrisreblogs)
(Source: mtv.com, via improv-is-easy)
Been working with this fantastic crew of writers and actors for a while and I’m so stoked for this show to open this Friday!
I’d like to share a conversation I recently had with Peter Gwinn (Founder of Baby Wants Candy, Emmy Winner from Colbert, no one special). He is now back in Chi and plays in only 1 improv show, with 3033 a team he used to coach before he left Chicago and I asked why?
His response (paraphrased): “I’ve learned that it takes about 4 years for an ensemble to become GREAT. I got to experience it with BWC in Chicago and then at the UCB and BWC in New York. Those guys got really good. I mean REAL GOOD. Sure I can come back and drop in and play but I just can’t put in that time to become great with another new ensemble. I’m married and I’ve got kids. This show  is easy. I know these guys, worked with them and Sundays are just fun, relaxed, no pressure and actually, in tonight’s show we started clicking in that way again…”
This made me think. If someone like Peter Gwinn and the cats he’s working with take that long to achieve ONE great ensemble, where does that put me? It’s hard to watch amazingly talented people (and teams) and want to be there, NOW. But I realize there’s really no short cut to it. It’s work. The good news is, is that the work seems to pay off so for everyone out there who’s feeling frustrated or going through the woeful “ improviser’s valley” - hang in there. It gets better. Then worse. Then better. Then worse. Then great.