Being downright hilarious can be taught, unlike the instinctual ability to quickly stack and unstack pyramids of Michael Crichton novels. Today's Groupon gives you the training you need to become a certifiable center of attention. For $40, you get your choice of two different comedy courses at The Improv Trick, up to a $135 value. Choose to take either the four-week Introduction to Improv class, or use your Groupon for five stand-up comedy classes.
The school is one of the top improv schools in St. Louis—not only because it is the first, but also because of its coveted founding father. Renowned comedian and improv instructor Bill Chott is the main mastermind behind the laughs. Bill is a graduate of the Ivy League improv school The Second City. He put in his time working alongside Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and others before making the leap to screens made of silver and TV particles. You'll recognize his voice from various Saturday Night Live animated shorts, and his unmistakable mug from movies such as The Ringer and Galaxy Quest, and television shows like Disney's Wizards of Waverly Place and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, among many others. He's also leant his writing talents to Saturday Night Live and The Dana Carvey Show. This impressive resume translates into a reliable and wealthy source of comedic knowhow, which Bill gladly imparts upon his students, staff, and his own reflection.
The four-week, progressive improv course is a series of two-hour classes that build off each other, culminating in a fist pound from Bill which signals true mastery of this fast-thinking art form. You'll learn techniques and tips each week that will help keep your mind clear for feeding off fellow classmates. The five stand-up comedy classes, taught by well-seasoned comedian Doug Golden, can be taken sporadically or in a row; there isn't a progressive track like the improv course. Learn how to crack jokes like a pro and retain your composure when the spotlight shines on your funny bones.
Both classes are great for building confidence, improving public speaking, and increasing your chances of winning underdog horse bets. Check the calendar for the current class dates and times. The "Lifetime Class - Level 1" improv class is held Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, and the stand-up class is taught on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. More classes will be added if demand necessitates.
- Through the classes offered at the Improv Trick, students can learn the finer points of improv, in particular the discipline of working with others onstage. Unlike standup comedy, improv lives and dies on the interactions of the troupe, and that interplay only works if everyone is on the same page. – Christian Schaeffer, Riverfront Times
- I admit it was a blast to see my guest strut her stuff. Some of the long form sketches were more successful than others. One of them was on life support before the plug was mercifully pulled. Others ended on just the right note, leaving us wanting more. – Sheila Schultz, KDHX
- The Improv Trick is an amazing institution where you can learn improv from the professionals. – Imbee7, Google Maps