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IMPROV CLASSES

Our improv classes are for everyone! Learn improv, have fun, laugh, meet people! It’s like play time for adults. Start with our Improv 101 class and if you catch the improv bug, keep taking more!

All core classes meet at the Comedy Spot Training Center, at 915 T Street in Sacramento.

Not sure if you’re ready to dive in yet? Try out Improv Taste Test, our drop-in class held Mondays at our theater on 20th Street!

IMPROV TASTE TEST

  • Weekly on Mondays | 7:00 to 8:30 pm

Comedy Spot Theater – 1050 20th Street
Prerequisite:
 None

 

Want to have some fun? Laugh your ass off? Maybe even meet new people? Want to learn some basic improv skills and play a bunch of fun improv games? Then you need Taste Test! It’s the Comedy Spot’s weekly drop-in improv class. We focus on beginning-level skills, so ANYONE can drop in!

Class size each week is limited to 16 students. Online registration prior to attending is required to secure your spot.

Drop into Taste Test for a while, and then go big and take our 8-week Improv 101 class! New sessions begin each month.

IMPROV 101

  • Upcoming Start Dates:
    March 13 (Wednesdays)
    April 1 (Mondays)
    More dates coming soon!

Duration: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: None

When is the last time you had true fun? This 8-week Improv 101 course is the perfect fit for everyone! We teach you all the basics of improv. Basically, you are going to laugh for two hours each week and play like a kid. You will learn how to create comedy scenes off the top of your head, with no preparation or planning, inspired by students’ true stories. You will learn basic improv skills, like accepting and building on other student ideas, establishing and playing the pattern of the scene, and heightening your pattern from grounded to crazy town. You want to just have fun? You want to perform someday? This class is for everyone! Okay, let’s do this. Register. Stop messing around. Annnd, go!

Click the Enroll Now button for detailed session information. 

IMPROV 201

  • Upcoming Start Dates:
    March 5 (Tuesdays)
    April 30 (Tuesdays)

Duration: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: 
Comedy Spot’s Improv 101

Improv 201 is all about scene work and giving you the confidence to stop thinking and let it rip! This 8-week class will focus on characters, improving your scene initiations, reacting in the moment, finding and playing fun simple patterns, and supporting your scene partner. Round two! Let’s make this happen. Register! Do it!

Click the Enroll Now button for detailed session information. 

IMPROV 301

  • Upcoming Start Dates:
    April 4 (Thursdays)
    June 25 (Tuesdays)

Duration: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: 
Comedy Spot’s Improv 201 

Improv 301 will give you some new tools for your improv tool belt. In this 8-week class, you will learn all the skills needed to perform the Helix improv form. Helix is a long-form improv structure in three beats, featuring characters, physicality, and strongly improvised scene work. Helix provides structure, but also allows for open, creative play, so it is good for performers who are still developing skills and is accessible to audiences. Helix was created by Comedy Spot founder Brian Crall, and 15 years of student and performer feedback and experiences. Students who complete Improv 301 are eligible to audition for a Helix team and the opportunity to perform in our weekly show, Helix Night.

Click the Enroll Now button for detailed session information. 

IMPROV GAMES

  • Upcoming Start Dates:
    February 8 (Thursdays)

Duration: 8 weeks
Prerequisite: 
Comedy Spot’s Improv 101

In this 8-week short-form Improv Games course, students will learn and practice valuable skills like character, scene work, and physicality, all while having fun and playing improvised games similar to those see on the TV show Whose Line is It, Anyway? Playing short-form games will also help students think on their feet and build confidence. This course culminates in a class performance, giving students the opportunity to showcase their skills.

Click the Enroll Now button for detailed session information. 

MUSICAL IMPROV

  • Upcoming Start Dates:
    May 11 (Saturdays)

Duration: 6 weeks
Prerequisite:
Comedy Spot’s Improv 101

In this 6-week Musical Improv course, you will learn the foundations of musical improv comedy in a fun and supportive environment. We will teach you how to improvise realistic song structures and lyrics that support great scene work, how to rhyme and harmonize on the spot, and how to create flashy, fully improvised musical numbers with your classmates. There will even be live piano accompaniment at each class! The course will culminate with a class performance of a mini-musical showcasing all of the skills that you learned.

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WHAT IS IMPROV?

WHY STUDY IMPROV?

Think the only reason to take improv classes is to start a career in comedy? The skills you learn in improv can impact your life in many ways, beyond our four walls. Get in on the fun and register today!

Improv training provides many benefits:

  • Increased confidence
  • Improved public speaking skills
  • Enhanced acting abilities
  • Gained comfort in social settings
  • Refined brainstorming abilities
  • Improved listening and observation skills
  • Enhanced creative-thinking abilities
  • Improved decision-making skills
  • Team development skills