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Improv Classes

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The Last Minute Replacements are doing improv comedy classes for ages 18 and up beginning in the fall!

Who’s it For?
This is a beginner to intermediate workshop! We had recently done a class that covered basics of improv, but if you have absolutely zero experience, we will go over them again, just in a much shorter capacity. Those familiar with improv will love this class and those just getting started will love it, too!

Course Topics
Our last class covered the very basics of improv. This class will focus on everything about scene work! Starting scenes, building scenes, escalating, comedic timing, and much more! The later half we will take what you learned and apply it to our “short form” format and teach you a myriad of short form games and show you how to navigate specific games and master them.

When?
All classes are from 4pm to 6pm. Arrive as early as 3:45pm, if you’d like!

Saturday Sept 8th
Saturday Sept 15th
Saturday Sept 22nd
Saturday Sept 29th
Saturday Oct 6th
Saturday Oct 13th
Saturday Oct 20th
Saturday Oct 27th
Where?
Phoenixville Hospital Medical Building 2 – 3rd Floor Conference Room
826 Main Street, 3rd Floor Conference Center Phoenixville, PA 19460 United States.
Take the elevator to the third floor, make a right off the elevator. Through the glass doors and in the large room to your left. Park anywhere in the open parking lot between the building and Nutt Road. Parking is free and covered garage parking is available as well, though there are many closer spaces not in a garage.
Directions can be found at the bottom of this page.
How Do I Reserve My Spot?
We accept cash and credit. Credit/Debit in advance, cash at the door. However, because seating is limited, paying in advance is $80 for 8 weeks. Cash at the time of arrival is $96.
  • Cash – $96 – You can pay all at once on your first class, but you must email us at lmrimprov@gmail.com with your name and a phone number, mention you are doing a cash payment so we can make sure to reserve your spot.
  • Credit/Debit – $80 – If you choose this option, we require that you send your payment no later than one week before our 8 week class begins!

(For more information about being prorated and paying for select classes visit the FAQ at the bottom!)

 

Teachers

The class will be taught by 5 members of The Last Minute Replacements: Daemon, David, Myke, Steph, and Rowdy. Between our 5 trainers, we have experience in professional acting, professional improvisation, leading improv teams, performing for hundreds, and formal education backgrounds in early childhood education, adult education, and corporate training. You’re in good hands and we’re here to have fun!

FAQ:

Q: How much does it cost and how do I pay?
A: $80 gets you eight weeks of classes if you choose credit/debit. $96 if you choose cash.
Google Pay: Go to this link and pay kenneth.mykel.smith@gmail.com – memo “Classes” followed by your first and last name. Example: Classes – John Smith or Venmo: lmrMyke

Q: Can I attend just one class, or some classes?
A: If you miss the first class, we will prorate your rate if you want to start on week 2. Otherwise, If you have special arrangements, please email lmrimprov@gmail.com.

Q: What should I bring?
A: Wear something comfortable, shoes you can move in (or go barefoot once you’re inside!), bring a water bottle, snacks if you’re a muncher, and don’t forget an open mind. We’re here to have fun and learn together.

Q: What if I’ve never done improv?
A: We are gearing this class toward those who are familiar with improv, and who have taken some workshops whether through our Game Nights or through any other improv facilitator. We suggest familiarizing yourself with short form improv through Youtube or some deep googling. We will link some great educational videos below for you. You should be able to follow the structure of each game as it’s explained.

Q: Is it going to be… inappropriate?
A: Honestly? That depends. Some improv schools of thought say that you should always keep comedy clean. Others say to go for whatever makes that particular audience laugh, whether that’s dig on 1850s politics or a not-so-subtle Oedipus reference. At our workshops, we provide a basic framework for each game along with some teaching on the theory behind the game structure, and go from there. Every class, every game, every improviser is different. (That’s why we have an 18+ expectation. Plus teenagers terrify the hell out of us.)

Q: Can I bring a friend?
A: If you have a friend who would like to participate, please have them sign up. However, the goal of the workshop is for you to be totally free and able to explore your own creativity using improv as a starting point.
If bringing a friend to watch will quell your anxiety, then by all means – bring that motherfucker along.
If bringing a friend will make you second guess your jokes, and keep a running list of questions like “Did anybody get the joke I made about Ron Paul?” or “OMG did I totally make an idiot of myself when I messed up that one line?” in your head throughout the workshop, maybe it’s not such a good idea. Bringing a friend may actually hinder your ability to be free and open during improv. A large part of improv is making a fool of yourself. Will your friend’s presence help or hinder your ability to act a fool up in here (up in here)? You decide.

Q: Who do I contact with other questions?
A: Message us on our Facebook page, or email us at lmrimprov@gmail.com .

 

Study Up: 
Tina Fey on Improv:

Amy Poehler on improv:

Amy Poehler doing a silly improv exercise that you should try at home:

Directions to our venue: 
From Paoli via US-30W:
1. Take US-30 W/ W Lancaster Avenue and turn slight right on to Morehall Rd/ PA-29 N
2. Follow PA-29 North by turning right onto PA-29N/State Road.
3. Continue to Phoenixville Hospital Medical Office Building II on the Left (If you reach Milligan St,
you’ve gone too far)
From Route 202 Traveling North:
1. Take Exit PA-401 East/Conestoga Road toward Frazer
2. Turn left onto Mill Lane/Sidley Road
3. Turn right onto Phoenixville Pike
4. Continue straight onto PA-29 North/State Road
5. Follow to Phoenixville Medical Office Building on the Left (If you reach Milligan St, you’ve gone too
far)
From Route 202 Traveling South:
1. Take exit toward PA-252 N / Valley Forge Rd
2. Stay straight to continue onto E Swedesford Rd
3. Take the first Right onto Valley Forge Rd/ PA-252N
4. Turn Left onto Valley Creek Rd/ PA-252
5. Turn Left onto Valley Forge Rd/ PA-23
6. Turn Left onto Manavon St/ PA-29
7. Follow to Phoenixville Medical Office Building on the Right (If you reach Dianna Dr, you’ve gone too
far)
From Route 422 Traveling East:
1. Merge onto PA-29 S toward Phoenixville
2. Turn Left onto Starr St/ PA-29
3. Turn Right onto Manavon St/ PA-29
4. Continue to Phoenixville Hospital Medical Office Building II on the Right (If you reach Dianna Dr,
you’ve gone too far)From Route 422 Traveling West:
1. Take the exit toward Oaks
2. Turn Right onto Egypt Rd
3. Turn Sharp Right onto Pawlings Rd
4. Turn Right onto Valley Forge Rd/ PA-23
5. Turn Left onto Manavon St/ PA-29
6. Follow to Phoenixville Medical Office Building on the Right (If you reach Dianna Dr, you’ve gone too
far)From I-76 West/ Schuylkill Expressway:
1. Exit the expressway at Exit 328B-A, US-202/US-422W toward King of Prussia/West
Chester/Pottstown
2. Merge onto US-202 S via Exit 328A toward West Chester
3. Follow directions From Route 202 Traveling South listed above