Ryan Karels (UCB NYC) Workshops at LMA
LMA is thrilled to announce that Ryan Karels is coming from UCB New York to teach classes and workshops during Term 2, 2017.
In addition to teaching our regular term Level 2 and 3 classes, Ryan will also be running multiple (and different) weekend workshops in both Sydney and Melbourne. This will be a unique opportunity to learn from one of UCB’s top teachers across a broad spectrum of disciplines. These will sell out fast.
Ryan Karels Workshops at Laugh-Masters Academy
NYC Style Game-Based Improv Comedy
The game-first approach to group improvisation as taught at the UCB is one of many approaches to successful comedy scenes. Game is a point-of-view to break down the comedic mechanism of scenes into actionable parts. This class approaches scene work via game philosophy to give you another tool to create funny stuff with a group of people.
Harold Workshop – No Crazies
Exercise more discipline regarding real life and approach the Harold with an eye for nuance. Many scenes go awry because characters are too crazy too soon, the kind of insanity that comes from lazy choice making. Combining a better awareness of normal and a sharper instinct to justify gives greater ease to game play and more impact to your comedy. Building a Harold around stronger, more truthful games unlocks its potential.
The Way of the Samurai
In the moment to moment of performance, rational thinking abandons us and we are left to instinct and training. This training emphasizes composure in the moment, heightened awareness of reality, and making deliberate action. Improv has a lot of great metaphors, and the Way of the Samurai is full of them. Looking at group improvisation from the perspective of a samurai mentality simplifies the moment and reveals your comedic truth.
Tailored for 15-20 minute shows, this form is a staple of the indie improv scene. The Gator uses a condensed opening and puts a premium on heightening to get to more funny faster. AKA the Krompf. Krompf is an improv team who came out of NYC and made breakfast for everyone in the theater at the Del Close Marathon for 16 years.
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