You never know what you're going to see at an improv comedy show?and that's the beauty of it. Read on to see what you should expect at a show or class and to learn just how it is that actors can put their scenes together so fast.
Even when their characters are arguing, improv comics are working from a philosophy of trust and agreement?necessary ingredients for acting together with no script. Improv comedy encompasses a broad array of styles, with the major division between short form?quick, self-contained games?and long form?a series of multiple, interconnected scenes featuring distinct beats. Accordingly, a given performance might resemble a one-act play, a Saturday Night Live?style sketch scene, or a high-energy game show. Most rely on audience suggestions to spark the flow of fresh ideas, however, and some even weave brave audience members into the action.
Perhaps the most famous long-form style is the Harold, in which performers build continuous scenes that develop and intermingle in surprising ways. The unusual name arises from a joke, according to developer Del Close's biography, The Funniest One in the Room. As Close asked his collaborators what to call the new form, someone sarcastically yelled, "Well, Harold's a nice name." Appropriately for a form devoted to spontaneous absurdity, the name stuck.
This comic form also has roots in one of America's darkest eras: the Great Depression. While working for the Works Progress Administration, Viola Spolin needed a way to teach basic theater precepts to unschooled actors of various ages and backgrounds, so she created a series of theater games that focused on the playfulness at the heart of acting. In the 1950s, her son, Paul Sills, applied her principles at the short-lived but influential Compass Players on Chicago's South Side, and, later, at The Second City?one of the most prominent comedy companies of the 20th century, with alumni including John Belushi, Tina Fey, and Steve Carell.
With a stay at Hilton Long Beach & Executive Meeting Center, you'll be centrally located in Long Beach, steps from One World Trade Center and minutes from California State University-Office of the Chancellor. This family-friendly hotel is within close proximity of Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and City Place Shopping Center.
Make yourself at home in one of the 397 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Satellite programming and video-game consoles are provided for your entertainment, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Getting to nearby attractions is a breeze with the complimentary area shuttle that operates within 1 mi.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, audiovisual equipment, and express check-in. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and exhibit space. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
When you stay at Holiday Inn Long Beach Airport Hotel and Conference Center in Long Beach, you'll be near the airport and close to Recreation Park Golf Course and California State University Long Beach. This hotel is within close proximity of Walter Pyramid and California State University Long Beach.
Make yourself at home in one of the 222 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-panel televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as phones with free local calls and voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy recreational amenities such as an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access and concierge services. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 5 mi.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include business services, express check-in, and dry cleaning/laundry services. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.
Come to Kavika's Grill and Bar for a sandwich and side — this eatery serves American cuisine everyone will love. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. The drink list at Kavika's Grill and Bar has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out). Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company. Kavika's Grill and Bar is great for a large crowd and offers a private room for parties, celebrations or other merry gatherings. Sit outside when the weather is fine — Kavika's Grill and Bar has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day. Get online gratis thanks to Kavika's Grill and Bar's complimentary wifi. You'll also catch a live DJ spinning at Kavika's Grill and Bar some evenings.
The restaurant can get full to bursting on a busy Friday or Saturday night, so the safest bet is to call ahead for a reservation. Kavika's Grill and Bar welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. If time is of the essence, Kavika's Grill and Bar's take-out option may be a better fit.
Guests can leave their vehicles in the nearby lot — valet service is also available — or circle the block for a spot on the street.
Your bill at Kavika's Grill and Bar will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang! You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card. Head on over to Kavika's Grill and Bar first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Kavika's Grill and Bar is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
When Sagi Rochman was drawing up the plans for his new restaurant, he knew he wanted it to be cool. So he named it Sababa, which is Hebrew for "cool"—a designation the chic lounge has easily lived up to. The space brims with plush curtains, modern art, and sleek couches, where groups sit as they sip on craft beers or one of Sababa's award-winning specialty martinis. The spa martini is particularly refreshing, a blend of cucumbers and freshly muddled strawberries that cools patrons as they sit on the outdoor patio under the rays of the Earth's only remaining sun. "The" Margarita is also popular with guests, an unorthodox mixture of tequila, Grand Marnier, freshly pureed passion fruit, and pineapple juice, which one regular swears is the best margarita outside of Mexico.
The cocktail list gets some stiff competition from the food menu. To build up the gustatory roster, Rochman enlisted the talents of celebrity chef Eric Greenspan, a contestant on Food Network programs such as The Next Iron Chef. Inspired by Rochman's heritage, Greenspan constructed a fusion of Mediterranean and Israeli flavors, resulting in dishes such as goat-cheese pizzas and seared ahi tuna with harissa mashed potatoes. There are plenty of small plates as well, including grilled eggplant with tahini and chicken kabobs with an olive-date sauce. As if the inspired tapas and lauded cocktails weren't enough, the lounge regales diners with a slew of events held throughout the week, including wine flights on Tuesdays and dance parties with live DJs on Fridays and Saturdays.
Sit back with a burger and fries at Paradise, a relaxed spot serving American cuisine. For those avoiding fat and gluten, there's still plenty of tasty items on Paradise's menu that can cater to your needs. Paradise also operates a bar, so a round of drinks with dinner is not out of the question. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Paradise. Home to one of the happiest happy hours, pop in after work for great drinks and good company. You can tote your laptop here to take advantage of the free wifi. If space is what you're looking for, Paradise has plenty of room for larger parties. Enjoy live music with your food and drinks at Paradise as well. Be prepared to raise your voice, though — the restaurant can get noisy.
Patrons pack the restaurant on weekends, so it's a good idea to make a reservation to ensure prompt seating. It doesn't get much more laid-back than Paradise, so dress for comfort when you come. Paradise can also cater your next party; call today for details. If time is of the essence, Paradise's take-out option may be a better fit.
You can easily find street parking near Paradise or pull up curbside and make use of the valet service.
Prepare to spend about $30 per person when dining at Paradise. Paradise accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and all major credit cards. You can stop by at practically any time, since Paradise serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.