All-Ages Competitive Improv Comedy
Many folks look at improv classes as something for theater majors, something kids take as an after-school activity, or something you do to help pursue a career in comedy. The fact is, more and more adults are signing up for improv classes all around the world, not to learn how to be funny or because they want to go into showbiz, but because they want to be more successful.
Improv is not about making a joke out of everything. In fact, at ComedySportz during our shows and games, we intentionally try to avoid going for the quick and easy joke and focus on the long-term scene and making the most out of what is thrown at us, because in the end we know that the long-term result is much better than the instant gratification pun or joke that fades in seconds. We have found that audiences get more entertainment and enjoyment out of seeing a 2-3 minute scene play out that we create out of one of their suggestions, rather than a 2-3 second joke that is over as soon as it is said.
Improv is about taking the unexpected, and making the most out of it. It's about taking the stress out of the situation and just letting go with it. It's about having trust in the people around you to also pick up where you left off, and help push that scene further down the road to make it even better than you could have made it. Improv is about paying attention to the people and things around you, and being able to pick up on the details of what is going on to turn it into something amazing.
It's all these reasons and more that improv is becoming a go to resource for many businesses, and why some major corporations are even making it a part of their mandatory training. Companies like Nike, Google, Dell, RackSpace, and more are hiring improv workshops to teach their employees listening skills and situational awareness. Ivy league educators like Oxford, Harvard, and Cambridge even have improv training as part of their business school curriculum. Improv teaches you to control the unexpected and turn it into something you can benefit from.
But even if you aren't running a Fortune 500 company, you can benefit from improv classes like those offered at ComedySportz. Improv has been proven to help people gain confidence in public speaking, adapt more quickly in social settings, become a better non-verbal communicator, and to take risks. And oh yeah, it helps if you want to be an actor too.
Life doesn't have a script. You need to be able to adapt to any situation and make the most of it and improv class gives you that training and the building blocks to be a more flexible and creative person!
In support and honor of our noble Federal Government workers, ComedySportz is offering free shows to all federal workers affected by the government shutdown until the shutdown has ended. Just bring proof of employment (ID, paycheck, etc.) and you get in free (your guests have to pay). All ComedySportz cities across the nation are taking part in this program so check with your local club.