Improv Show October 3, 2015

Poster Oct. 3 2015 Show Fall down laughing (see what I did there?) with something a bit new from Santa Barbara Improv. Our October show will feature a team of players showcasing a bit of LONG FORM IMPROV! If you've never experienced it before (or don't know what the heck it is), well plan to get yourself over to Jefferson Hall this Saturday for something a bit new and different!

Date: Saturday October 3, 2015

Time: 8:00 pm until about 9:30 pm

Location: Jefferson Hall, 1525 Santa Barbara Street (near Anapamu)

Price: $5 at the door or online (new!)

Strategically Speaking Workshop

Strategically Speaking Workshop

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On Friday, January 22, 2016, I'll once again be part of a powerful workshop on upgrading your skills as a speaker. The lead presenter, Kymberlee Weil, does an amazing job focusing on the content and structure of your presentation, and I spend time working on the presentation itself, applying the concepts and lessons of improv when working with an audience. Our previous workshop was a big success and all the attendees did very practical, hands on work building their talks and making presentations to an audience. I highly recommend it.

Check out more details at the workshop website.

Strategically Speaking

Strategically Speaking

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Hi Folks! Kymberlee and I will be doing a workshop on June 26th and we wanted to invite everyone to check it out.

It's focused on public speaking and here are some of the skills you can expect to learn: - how to find your own core idea worth spreading - how to use the art of story telling - how to make the best first impressions - how to structure your talk - how to captivate an audience - how to create a TED-style talk - how to speak without notes every time - how to increase your speaking opportunities - how to become a thought leader in your field - how to enhance every aspect of your speaking skills from content to performance - and much much more...

You can read all about the details here: http://strategicsamurai.com/workshops/

I'll be focusing on using improv skills to improve your public speaking.

Feel free to post questions below or contact either of us directly.

Star Wars Improv Show May 2, 2015

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The next Improvisational Comedy Show from Santa Barbara Improv will be our annual Star Wars themed show:

Date: Saturday May 2, 2015 (Star Wars Day Eve Eve)

Time: 8:00 pm until about 9:30 pm

Location: Jefferson Hall, 1525 Santa Barbara Street (near Anapamu)

Price: $5 at the door

Improv Workshop March 11, 2015

Class continued its slow increase to 27 people tonight, with one who is brand new to the workshop. Our games tonight: Character Intro, What Are You Doing?, Tag Out Story, Animal Transform, Irish Drinking Song, and 3 Line Drill.

 

Improv Show Review: March 7, 2014

Improv Show Review: March 7, 2014

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Another great show with an audience of 17 people. Our players were (back row) Ryan, Andrew, Alan, Jonathan, Brian, (front row) Heather, Li-At, and Jasmin. We got in 17 scenes, 8 of which were open scenes. We ended with Mortgage in London, so less than half of our show is made up of short form games!

I have two lines written down in my notes:

"Banks - they're fun to rob!"

"It's my turn to do the dishes!" said in an enthusiastic voice.

 

Improv Workshop March 4, 2015

Improv Workshop March 4, 2015

Tonight's class had 26 people, including some faces we haven't seen in awhile. No brand new players, but the return of a few for their second class. Some pretty basic warm ups, starting with Character Intro, then on the Whoosh, Bang, Pow, and One Word Story. Then came Counting Words, Party Quirks, and Beasty Rap.

The header image is from one of the Beasty Rap scenes, and shows Mark, Cora, Brian, Debbie, Steven, and Eric.

Improv Workshop February 25, 2015

Improv Workshop February 25, 2015

We took some time from tonight's class to remember Ben Woolf. A previous post gave some of Ben's history with the Santa Barbara Workshop, and I wanted to give those who knew him a chance to say a few words. This is the first time we've had a memorial for anyone who attended class, and I think it was an appropriate tribute. I don't have many pictures from this night since I didn't bring out the camera until the end. They're all from the 185 scenes.

There were 25 people in tonight's class, none of them brand new. We warmed up with Character Intro and One Word Story. Our short form games were 5 Letter Word and Switch Dubbing. We did the Irish Drinking Song and ended with 185.

Improv Workshop February 18, 2015

Improv Workshop February 18, 2015

I'm a bit behind in postings, so I'll make this quick (you all just want to see the photo gallery anyway). Two new players joined us this week for a total of 25 in class. We started with Slap, Clap, Snap, then came One Word Story in two groups. Our short form work consisted on Club Photo to Scene and Emotional List. Everyone did Beasty Rap, and we ended with two Montage groups.

Ben Woolf

Ben Woolf

Ben Woolf died today from injuries he received when he was struck by a car three days ago. Ben was part of the workshop for many years, until he left to pursue an acting career in Hollywood. He was just starting to find success, having appeared for two years in the cast of the network television show American Horror Story. Online you'll find better descriptions of his career than I'd be able to write here.  Instead I want to take a moment to remember him during his time here at SBIW.

Ben started coming to the workshop sometime in 2005, and the earliest pictures I have posted in the blog show him working with the group in 2006. Ben was great fun, an enthusiastic improviser, and everyone liked working with him. I know I did.

Ben worked with us for many years, as a student in the workshop and as a performer in our shows. Even after he moved south to pursue an acting career, Ben would come by the workshop from time to time. We all had a great time when he did.

I've got far too many photos of Ben to post them all. I've just picked out a few from throughout the years. They aren't in any particular order or theme, just photos that I think captured Ben's whimsical humor, but also his range of performance.

I saved these last photos because they are from a workshop when Ben's father Nick also attended. It was great fun seeing the two of them perform together.

We'll miss you Ben. You touched me and everyone who knew you with your wit and charm. I'm glad you were able to reach as many people as you did with your success on screen, but you were taken way too early.

Improv Workshop February 11, 2015

Improv Workshop February 11, 2015

Class was back up to 28 people this week with 5 new to the workshop. We didn't get to as many scenes as I would have liked, so the next time we get such a large class I'll switch to games which use more players. We started with Character Intro and moved on to Whoosh, Bang, Pow. One Word Story ended the warm ups, and we moved on to short form work. I only got us through a complete round of 5 Letter Word scenes before it was time for the Irish Drinking Song. After that we did a few rounds of Four Square.

I did write down one line. I think it was delivered by John in his 5 Letter Word Scene - "this kettle ain't going to fill itself!"

It was probably funnier in context.