Improvisation can be useful in many life situations, such as manufacturing a catapult from a ski and a nearby log to launch a charging howler monkey into orbit. Learn the art of fast thinking with today's deal: for $75, you get six weeks of Level 1 or Level 2 improv classes at National Comedy Theatre (a $175 value). Comedians-in-training must be at least 18 years old.
National Comedy Theatre’s classes help actors, writers, lawyers, and gun-slinging cowboys nurture their quick-thinking wittiness to incapacitate potential threats with a force field of laughter. Six weeks of weekly Level 1 classes stress focus, teamwork, character, and developing a common language with other participants without dishing out a slew of cuss words in pig Latin. After competing the Level 1 course, students are eligible for Level 2 classes, which focus on complex scene development, storytelling, and advanced improv skills to dazzle juries during traffic-court testimonies.
An experienced team of joke-cracking instructors assists in honing funny finesse, while students completing the Level 2 course will participate in a closing performance on the NCT Phoenix stage and have their families laughing harder than that time the dog fell down the stairs and was basically fine. Harness your natural bounty of hilariousness with today’s side-splitting Groupon.
Reservation required; call ahead to reserve your class. Class size is limited.
Though there aren't many reviews for the classes themselves, National Comedy Theatre Phoenix was voted Best Theater Venue and Best Theater Company in the 2009 AZ Central Reader's Choice Awards. Yelpers give the theatre a 4.5-star average rating:
- Reminiscent of the TV series "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," the show is staged as a competition between two comedy teams that play a series of "games" using audience suggestions. – AZ Central
- Thanks to Groupon, husband, I and two friends went to a show a few weeks ago @ NCT. What fun! As a former thespian, I was able to relive my own high-school improv days. – Laura E., Yelp
National Comedy Theatre
Voted the Best Local Performing Arts Troupe by readers of the East Valley Tribune in 2011, National Comedy Theatre’s ensemble of players concocts improvised situations at lightning-fast speeds, relying on audience participation and their own wits to elicit thunderous laughter and applause. After turning to their all-ages crowd for assistance in shaping games and scenarios, the cast employs knowledge gleaned from operating-room sketches to tickle ribs with anatomical exactitude. The show often favors spontaneity over prudence, with performers gleefully stepping into their roles as acrophobic skydiving champions or long-winded court stenographers. Audience members get to select the winning team at the conclusion of the show, and can learn the form themselves during improv classes.
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