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IMPROV JAM

Thank you for your interest in performing in Comedy Spot’s Improv Jam!

Improv Jam is a monthly event where current and former improv students perform with veteran cast members of the Comedy Spot, and receive notes on their performance from Comedy Spot instructors after the show.

Thank you for your interest in Improv Jam. Each Jam show will feature 15 students. Student performers do not have to be currently enrolled in classes, but must have completed Improv 101 at the Comedy Spot. All performers (student and veteran) must sign up in advance using the form on this page. Signups will close and final teams will be announced at least 2 weeks prior to each show. 

If you are selected, you will receive an email inviting you to perform that will include further instructions. Performers do not have to pay to perform and are not compensated. If we have more applicants than spots available, we will randomly select who will play. If we do not have room for you this round, we will notify you. If you have any questions about casting, please email Brian Crall at laugh@saccomedyspot.com.

PERFORMER INSTRUCTIONS & IMPORTANT VETERAN NOTES

Performer Instructions 

  • You are in the show, so you can invite anyone to see you!

  • Please meet at 5:30 PM to meet the rest of your team members, warm up, and get final instructions.

  • Each Improv Jam will feature three 8-person improv teams. Each team will have 5 students and 3 veteran performers. (Sometimes this varies with available sign-ups.)

  • Each team has 18 minutes to perform a show with three true stories (no banter) and at least one improv scene for each performer. After each team performs, your team should exit the stage and then move toward the bar to allow the next team on stage.

  • Stories should be 60-90 seconds long, with lots of details, and end with a summary that provides more information. Avoid ending your story with, “The moral of the story…”

  • Please do not be in a second scene until everyone on stage has been in at least one scene.

  • Keep creating scenes until you get a black out.

  • You will be editing your own scenes. 

  • After your show, you will get feedback from a Comedy Spot coach in the green room.  

  • Performers do not have to pay to perform and are not compensated.

  • Say it, and play it! State your pattern at the beginning of the scene. If you are the second person in the scene, play the pattern with them.

  • Try to have familiar relationships.

  • Remember, your scene should have a good base of WWPJ (Who, Where, Pattern, Justification.)

  • No taps, runs, or group scenes. Keep walk-ons to a minimum.

  • You can use the “cut to” option. Remember, use this responsibly. Most of the time, a “cut to” is used to cut the players into the present so that they can play the pattern instead of talking about it. 

  • Don’t create scenes that are misogynist, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or that disrespect historically marginalized groups. 

  • Keep it positive and supportive. 

  • Have fun. 

 

Important Veteran Notes

  • Try NOT to do scenes with other veteran performers.

  • If you see that a student hasn’t been in a scene, please do your best to bring them out. 

  • Always yield to students. Give students an opportunity to tell stories. Give students the opportunity to initiate scenes. 

UPCOMING SHOWS

SATURDAY, JULY 27 @ 6PM
Submissions are now closed.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31 @ 6PM
Submissions close:
Sunday, August 11

SUBMIT YOUR NAME FOR CONSIDERATION
Improv Jam Application

AUGUST 31st IMPROV JAM
Submissions close: Sunday, August 11

If you are selected, you will receive an email inviting you to perform that will include further instructions. If we have more applicants than spots available, we will randomly select who will play. If we do not have room for you this round, we will notify you.

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