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The more you laugh, the longer you live, according to one Norwegian study and Terry Bannon of Red Falls, Missouri. Today’s Groupon lets you live long enough to see the Minority Report future come true with a $10 two-hour improv class at The Second City Training Center, 80% off the normal $50 price.
Choose from any of these three classes taught by SC Resident Company alums:
- Level A: Introduction to Improv for Non-Actors: Perfect for anyone without stage or camera experience. Learn how to think on your feet, develop team-building skills on your feet, and speak in front of others while standing on your feet. Classes are on Saturday, October 24; Monday, October 26; Saturday, November 7; Saturday, December 12; or Monday, December 14; 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
- Improvising Basics for Actors: For the thespian who sticks to someone else’s words. Find your own voice by easing into the art of improv with the support of an ensemble. Classes are on Mondays October 19, November 16, or December 7, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesdays, October 13 and October 20, 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
- Youth Improvisation: Similar to the intro improv class, only full-sized people are replaced by children ages 8–17. Great for fostering creativity, improving listening skills, and mastering having fun. Classes are on Sunday, November 1 or December 6, noon–2 p.m. (Parent will be asked the ages of the youth when registering.)
Second City is to Harvard as Comedians is to Pretty Good Students. SC alums, including Chris Farley, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Mike Myers, honed their comedic chops at the famed laugh-laboratory. Under the instruction of a working professional, you’ll revive social skills deteriorated by years of computer and video-game usage.
Improv isn’t just for aspiring comedians and Colin Mochrie (also a Second City alumnus) —these skills come in handy for any situation where you’re forced to think fast (speed dating, job interviews, Swedish massages). Plus, laughter is the only clinically proven medicine, so it’s be instrumental in fighting off grave illness such as dropsy, the clampers, and chowder-fists. Round up your friends and try something new, or overcome your fear of strangers and go alone. Classes are offered evenings and weekends.
Second City gets 3.5 stars from Yelpers. Citysearchers give the training center 4.5 stars, and Insider Pagers give it five: > * I have taken classes at The Second City Training Center and seen several shows here!I love the teachers I had and felt like I learned a lot about improv and performing.But I also learned and laughed a lot watching shows there as well!They have a lot to offer! – Jonathon B., Insider Pages > * Here’s where to come for comedy classes - whether writing sketches or improv performance. It’s all here! – radiancelee, Citysearch
The Right Jokes for the Right Disease
Laughter is the best medicine, specifically knock-knock jokes. Here are some common ailments and the knock-knock jokes that doctors use to treat them:
Depression: Knock, knock.
Orange you glad I didn’t mention your awful break-up with Louise?
Mild Amnesia: Knock, knock.
It’s me, Doctor Thorndale.
It’s me, Doctor Thorndale.
Hypothermia: Knock, knock?
If you don’t warm up quick, you’ll die of hypothermia.
If you don’t warm up quick, you’ll die of hypothermia who?
You will. Better warm up quick.
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