$75 for Level A Improv-Comedy Course at Made Up Theatre in Fremont ($150 Value)

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Improv-comedy instructors guide aspiring ad-libbers to off-the-cuff mastery with exercises that boost confidence and hone basic skills

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Expires Jun 19th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must be 18 or older. Valid only for Improv A courses. Classes must be used by the same person. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Improv-comedy shows, unlike criminal-court proceedings and open-heart surgeries, encourage people in the room to shout out suggestions. Learn the tricks of the improvisational trade with this Groupon.

$75 for Eight-Week Level A Improv-Comedy Course ($150 Value)

Fun, lively instructors encourage beginning ad-libbers to dip their toes in improv-comedy fundamentals, leading exercises that focus on developing basic skills, learning to think off-the-cuff, and improving confidence. Classes meet for eight consecutive Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Groupon holders may instead participate in the upcoming fall or spring semesters. Check site for availability.

Made Up Theatre

Using audience suggestions as a creative springboard, Made Up Theatre’s quartet of resident performers conjures chortles with fully improvised scenes, games, and musical numbers every Saturday night at 8 p.m. Free two-hour classes grant guests of varying performance backgrounds an opportunity to sample the art of improv before climbing through three ranks of classes that emphasize quick responses and structuring longer-form scenes. Made Up Theatre also totes its trick bag to the corporate world with team-building seminars that draw upon improv’s communicative foundation to improve group interactions and send stress off to take up residence in rant-fueled standup comics.

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