Neil Curran

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Conference gets creative with workshops in Sarasota

Florida Creativity Conference will be held at the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee and Florida Studio Theatre<p>Speakers and listeners …

Creativity

One man's solution for crushing social anxiety: improv comedy

When you hear the term "improv" you might think of Tina Fey or <i>Whose Line Is it Anyway?</i>. What you probably don't think of is "therapy". While an …

30 One-Sentence Improv Lessons Anybody Can Practice To Live A Happier Life

Improvisational comedy is a form of theater in which everything is made up on the spot. The characters, plot, setting, and all other aspects of the …

HEALTH: Laughter really can be the best medicine

My colleague Luisa Metcalfe told me about the benefit that improvisational theatre has brought friends of hers. Here’s her report

Mental Health

'Improv saved my life': the comedy classes helping people with anxiety

Once the domain of aspiring performers, improv courses are increasingly being attended by students experiencing mental health problems<p>“Your heart’s beating faster, you feel all these eyes on you, your body reacts with panic.” No, it’s not the discarded first line of Eminem’s Lose Yourself, but Alex …

Job Interviews

Learning the Three Tenses of ‘Yes And’

New students in improv comedy frequently find themselves wrecking scenes. (I’m an authority on this since I wreck scenes frequently myself.)<p>Here’s …

Improv Looks Easy Right?

My last semester at Columbia I was told by my adviser, Marty, I had to start to make some choices as to what I wanted my next steps to be. He was one …

Yes, and . . . 13 unpredictable improv podcasts

Go off-script, from improvised sci-fi drama to freewheeling conversations with Chris Gethard<p>You never know what’s going to happen next with these improv comedy podcasts that take the form of musicals, short sketches, and long-form conversations and performances.<p><b>1. “Mission to Zyxx”</b><p>A team of …

Comedy
Study Skills

Hollywood's Newest Improv Theater Has a Mission: Never Be Boring

Stroth performing on the Pack stage with Adam McKay<p>Erica Fortes<p>In fact, the theater's name is a nod to the communal aspect of these collective comedy …

Comedy

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How Improv is helping me become a better manager

Earlier this year I got the chance to work with a coach for a couple of months, which turned out to be one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had …

Creativity

Using Improv to Boost Confidence, Improve Mental Health

When it comes to improving the quality of life for people with mental health and substance use disorders, improvisational comedy is no joke. Just ask …

Movie needs a new Del Close after Mike Myers drops out

Mike Myers, a student of Del Close who had been set to play the late Chicago improv guru in a movie, has dropped out of the project.<p>“Now we’re …

Try Not to Think | An Experience with Improv

“So we will start by walking around the room as if you are constipated while saying hello”, Christ, what have I gotten myself into I thought as I …

‘Improv’ and ‘Improvisation’ at the Fringe

Improvised theatre, comedy and music is big at the Fringe – not nearly as big as stand-up comedy, but there’s plenty of it nonetheless. Over the …

Neil’s new improv show includes an audience member becoming his co-star!

KILNAMANGH native Neil Curran is a seasoned improv performer, who goes on stage without a script or a prepared routine.<p>He delights in never knowing …

Comedy

Startup Spotlight - Part 2 of 5

ComedySportz | San Jose | 30-Year Anniversary World Championship | Improv | Hammer Theatre Center | Silicon Valley | California

Astroturf covers the stage and a brick wall backdrops a rollicking physical spree of improvised activity. Two gangs, distinguishable only by their …

Silicon Valley

Why you should go to a European improv festival

I’m going to be entirely honest with you now. I’m in two minds about this blog. On the one hand — travelling to improv festivals all around Europe …

Eddie Izzard

Can Improv Save The Planet? Alan Alda and Tina Fey Say Yes…And

Its the classic sci-fi movie premise. An overwhelming, life-destroying force beyond the understanding of the people in charge threatens humanity. …

Longform Improv Goes the Distance

<b>“The one reason to be nervous,” says Dave Pasquesi of the Chicago improvisational duo TJ & Dave,</b> <b>“is the potential for large-scale …

What if President Donald Trump were in your improv comedy group?

One night a month, Angelenos have a chance to see President Donald Trump in a very different light: as an improvisor<p>The Pack Theater, which opened …

Donald Trump

How I improvised to be childless

I was on a broken train talking to a stranger, I met a few hours ago, sharing the story of my life as if in a therapy. I was a childminder in love …

Jonathan Pitts moves on from Improv Fest, in part because of advice from Del Close

The first years of his life spent in the company of an ice-skating chimpanzee named Spanky, Jonathan Pitts has spent the last two decades of his 57 years in the company of a vast array of talented human beings walking that creative tightrope that is improvisational comedy.<p>He is the co-founder and …

New Mexico

Yes, and ... you must take improv classes if you want to work for Chicago consulting company Mavens

At Mavens Consulting, employees are expected to be fluent in improv. No improv background? No worries. You’ll be flown in to train at Second City …

6 Fun and Powerful Training Games for Customer Service Teams

What makes a good customer service representative? According to Help Scout, the skill set includes empathy, patience, flexibility, a calming …

Why I am becoming a ‘yes, and’ person

I recently started an improvisation course. Just 2 workshops in & I have taken away 3 valuable tips for improvisation: failure is OK; shutting down …

Gary Vaynerchuk