Improv Classes in Chicago
Second City wants to help you get your funny on with this workshop that teaches you the basics of popular stand-up style Observational Comedy. We'll learn a little bit about the structure and vocab behind stand-up, discuss some tips and tricks for creating material and have an opportunity to share our funny in groups.
Dabblers who enjoy public-speaking, comedy, and storytelling will have a grand old time, and the brave-hearted among us will even get the chance to share their routines at the end of the workshop with an optional open mic!! If you don't want to share, you can just hang out on the sidelines and laugh at the antics of your classmates ... "not that there's anything wrong with that."
(You do not have to perform alone in class or take part in the 10pm open mic, if you do not want to. There will be a couple improv exercises that the whole group must take part in, however)
Excellent first glance into the world of writing stand-up comedy. I left the class with a direction to practice some basics on my own and with the desire to learn more.
Had a rough time arriving: train was running late and the weather decided to pour down rain when I finally figured out where I was going! After arriving late, I was relieved to see that I was still allowed into the classroom, where we began with some really fun warmup exercises and group activities. It only got better (and funnier) from there!
Excellent session. Even though my character idea for my blog is more dramatic than humorous, studying 'character' through comedy gave me solid components for thinking about development of a compelling character.
I also got an inside perspective on the mechanics of why some of my favorite shows are funny.
90 minutes well spent.
Great class! Covered basic box step and salsa. Teacher was awesome: engaging and encouraging. Would love to take another!
Faculty members at The Second City Training Center are working improvisers / performers that have years of experience in their craft. Each faculty member undergoes rigorous continuing education via The Second City's improv program and throughout the city in their personal experiences. Please see our faculty page for details.