Posts in category "Advice"

Improv Thank You Notes

We’re all super busy and don’t really have the time to post thank you notes to facebook anymore, but we want our friends to know what’s going on in our lives. Well worry no more! I’ve worked tirelessly researching the best improv facebook posts and tweets so you can just copy and paste knowing that... Read more »

Get Your Team Shows

With the help of Avery Lee I’ve made a list of Chicago theaters that you and your team can apply. If you would like to add your show to this list or update any information you can contact me at uwobacon@gmail.com. The Bramble at Studio BE When: Mondays at 7:30pm Where: 3110 N Sheffield Ave Contact: dw@brambleproductions.com Bughouse Theater... Read more »

Difference Between Second City, iO, and Annoyance?

When it comes to learning improv there are a lot of differences and similarities between these theaters. The type of teachers you get at each level will really define your overall experience, but this post will focus on the general teachings of each theater. If you’re still not sure where you want to take improv... Read more »
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Jealousy in Improv

Walk into an improv theater in this city and you’ll see improvisors supporting other improvisors. On an off night, at a smaller theater it’s not uncommon to have a crowd that’s 95% improvisors. It’s actually crazy to see this level of support considering how busy most people are in this community. Between work, improv, and... Read more »

5 Improvisors That Will Be Famous Soon

1. Will from my Second City class Will is obviously the best guy in level D and we all know it. Remember when the teacher went out for a drink with us after class and Will sat RIGHT NEXT TO HIM!? Yeah, as if Will wasn’t already crushing it this happens. Don’t be surprised if he’s... Read more »

5 Steps To Becoming a REAL Improvisor

So you’ve already read the “5 Steps To Becoming an Improvisor“. You’ve signed up for classes, started an independent team, and see a show almost every week, but you’re ready for more. Well you’re in luck. Here are 5 advanced steps that you can take to become a real improvisor. 1. Learn to turn anything into a... Read more »
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5 Steps to Becoming an Improvisor

So you’ve decided to disappoint your parents more by becoming an improvisor, fantastic. It might seem a little overwhelming at first when you choose to get started, but there are a few simple steps that you can take to make things easier for yourself. The general steps will help any new improvisor, but the specifics (classes, websites, etc.) are... Read more »

Review: iO Chicago Improv Program

If you’ve browsed the iO Theater website looking for a show to see you might have noticed that most of the shows are improvised. So it should come to no surprise that their main program is strictly improv based. You’re not learning improv to eventually write down and turn into a sketch. You’re learning the tools you’ll... Read more »

How Many Classes Should I Take?

My own personal rule is one class at a time and I’ll tell you why. Every theater has their own teaching style and sometimes their instructions conflict with one another. That’s because you’re not learning math. Your learning something that doesn’t have hard set rules. It’s improv, where any rule can be broken at any... Read more »
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Review : Second City's Conservatory

This is my own personal experience and opinion of the conservatory program and in no way is this affiliated with Second City. I assume you’re reading this because you’re someone who’s interested in joining the program. I’ll save you the time of reading all of this babel by saying, do it. If you’re serious about improv,... Read more »