Being downright hilarious can be taught, unlike the instinctual ability to quickly stack and unstack pyramids of Michael Crichton novels. Become a certifiable center of attention with today’s deal: for $40, you get a four-week Introduction to Improv Lifetime class from The Improv Trick on Cherokee Street (a $125 value).
The Improv Trick’s founding funnyman Bill Chott is a graduate of the Ivy League of improv schools, 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. Comedy connoisseurs 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 such as Disney’s Wizards of Waverly Place and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, among many others. He has also lent his writing talents to SNL and The Dana Carvey Show. His impressive resumé translates into a reliable and wealthy source of comedic knowhow, which he gladly imparts to 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 Chott that signals students’ true mastery of this fast-thinking art form. Pupils learn techniques and tips each week that will help keep their minds clear for feeding off of fellow classmates. Courses conclude with a student showcase for graduates to strut their stuff on stage before an audience of chuckle-charged friends and sophisticated hyenas. Groupon holders receive the benefits of The Improv Trick’s lifetime class, which means once students complete the course, they can drop in and repeat classes as refreshers for life at no additional cost.
The next Wednesday session begins on March 23, with classes continuing every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The next Sunday session begins on March 27, with classes continuing every Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m.
- 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. – Christian Schaeffer, Riverfront Times
- As a teacher Chott tries to pass on the tools he learned from years of training with the best, beginning with his first improv instructor, Stephen Colbert. – Kristen Hinman, Riverfront Times