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A Longform Improv Class!

Hey everyone! Here's a class that I'm highly recommending. Starting Sunday October 16, George and Amy are putting on an Intro to Longform Improv class. It will be meeting every Sunday from 3 to 6 pm for 6 weeks (through November 20).

I took their previous workshop and it was fantastic.

You can get all the particulars at the following link (Facebook):



Strategically Speaking Workshop

Strategically Speaking Workshop


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


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:

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.

Gary Jacobs Improv Workshop, June 7


Saturday, June 7th

Jefferson Hall

Santa Barbara

With Gary Jacobs


learn cutting-edge improv techniques,

sharpen your improv and scripted work,

discover principles of creating great art,

improvisationally unlock dormant creative

impulses to keep your acting and

improvising exciting and fresh!

Explore a new art form:

The full-length improvised play


For 28 years, Gary Jacobs has been

directing, teaching, performing, and producing

improvisational theater. He is founder and

artistic director of Precipice Improv Theater

in Washington D.C.



Enrollment is limited. Sign up early.


Where: Jefferson Hall

1525 Santa Barbara Street

Santa Barbara, California 93101

When: Saturday, June 7th from 12:00 to 3:00


Cost: $60 tuition

$50 if you register by May 30th

To register: contact Mike Gordon

(805) 886 2148

A Night of Stand Up Comedy

comedy-ojai.GIFJustin Testa from the Wednesday night class is one of the performers in a Stand Up Comedy Show of graduates from the Ojai Comedy Workshop. In case the scan of the poster isn't completely legible, here are the particulars: Friday February 23rd and Saturday February 24, 2007

Starting time is 8:00 pm

It will be at Theater 150 in Ojai

$10 admission also gets you a beverage

Call for reservations and tickets at 646-4300

bang. studio

I just came across this group called bang. studio. They've got a level 1 class starting up this Monday, July 10 and I wanted to post a link to it. I don't know much about them, so I can't really say how they compare. They say they've been around 10 years and provide a 'supportive, creative, fun environment'. There are a variety of shows performed at their performance space, and they produce some short videos. Check it out at your own risk!

IO West Writing Programs

I just came across this notice from the IO West (the west coast Improv Olympic franchise) about their writing classes. They've got two different level classes starting up this weekend in LA: ================ Last chance to register for the Writing Level 1 class beginning





WRITING LEVEL 1 offers a great foundation for all types of comedy writing, sketch comedy, screenwriting, writing for television, etc. In this class you learn the basics of comic structure, premise, writing point-of-view, monologues, finding the joke, satire, parody, writing for ensembles, and establishing a writing routine. If you're starting your writing career or need a great refresher of the essentials, this class is for you!

JOHN HINDMAN is the founder of the I.O.West Writing Program, now in its fourth year. John has written for TV & film, and as a story consultant has provided analysis & feedback for studios, producers, and his students. His latest screenplay "The Dream of the Romans" is currently in development at Endeavor.

================ SITCOM SPEC WRITING





SITCOM WRITING teaches you the ins & outs of writing your own sitcom spec script. From conception of the show idea to pitching the story to writing the drafts - all the way to the final draft and staged reading! This class yields a sitcom spec script suitable for submission to agencies, networks, and producers.

MICHAEL MCCARTHY has written for 'Saturday Night Live' (for which he was nominated for an Emmy), 'Sesame Street', 'The Drew Carey Show', and numerous other Comedy Central and network shows. He is an alumnus of The Second City Chicago Mainstage and helped start their writing program. He currently teaches the Writing 2, Writing 3, and Sitcom Writing classes for I.O.West's Writing Program.

================ TO REGISTER:



San Francisco Improv Festival

There are still a couple of weeks left for the San Francisco Improv Festival. This festival has been going from June 15 and has shows through July 29th, so if you are up in the bay area during that time, check out the ensemble performance schedule. There are still a couple of workshops, so check in on the workshop schedule if you are interested.


The Ventura Area Theatresports group has been around for a long time and is run by a very talented group of folks. They are part of the Theatresports franchise (Keith Johnstone's group), and I highly recommend their performances and their workshops. The same folks also operate the Livery Theatre and so you can check in at for the latest info. Currently, their open workshops are on Saturday morning and Monday evening, and their shows are generally on Friday and Saturday evenings.