Since 1995, Bang Comedy Institute and Theater has trained performers in the art of the extemporaneous. In the process, it's built up a history of boosting the careers of comedic actors such as Jane Lynch, Jeff Garlin, Janeane Garofalo, and Fred Willard and the personal joke writers of several heads of state. Hailing from backgrounds in film acting and writing for shows including MADtv, the faculty turn students into confident stage performers in classes that sharpen skills in character development, long-form scene structure, and physical awareness. Many students go on to star in shows on the company's stage.
When it comes to improvisational acting, Rob Adler is less interested in the wacky comedy of shows such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and more in inviting his students to step outside of their heads and be in the moment. His focus is on work with scripted pieces, teaching his classes not to say “yes, and” to outrageous characters and plots, but to command space and integrate the truthful elements that make a memorable performance. Rob, who has taught at such places as the Aaron Speiser Acting Studio, The Actors Gang, and the University of Southern California, and helps actors and directors delve deep into the imaginary worlds of their performance pieces, along with corporate training for executives who wish to delve deep into the imaginary world of business.
The Los Angeles School of Comedy fills its studio spaces with classes in standup comedy, improv, and film and television acting. Resident comics Sunda Croonquist and James Harris share the knowledge they use at gigs at the Laugh Factory and writing for television, guiding their charges from building their acts to their first performances at Hollywood comedy clubs. Actors David Kano and Victor Cruz train screen workers of all ages in character development, scene study, and mock auditions.
A nonprofit theatre company, Neon Venus Jr. Theatre’s actors and instructors work to train actors-to-be in the ins and outs of the acting process, from auditions to performances. The company offers afterschool and summer classes in voice and acting, as well as choir membership and workshops.