Improvising Basics – While learning the building blocks of improvisation, this term builds confidence through ensemble energy.
- Improv 1 EXPRESS · Mondays & Wednesdays (Off Peak Hours) · 11-2:30PM (6/5-6/26)
- Improv 1 EXPRESS · Tuesdays & Thursdays · 6:30-10PM (6/6-6/27)
- Improv 1 · 3-day intensive · Friday-Sunday · 11AM-7PM 6/2-6/4
- Improv 1 · 3-day intensive · Friday-Sunday · 11AM-7PM 6/23-6/25
Are you interested in improvising with Puppets? This is your chance! In this fun workshop we’ll introduce you to the world of improvising with puppets. Whether you have puppeteering experience but not improv, or improv experience but no puppetry – you’ll love this workshop. All students should bring their own puppet, but if you don’t have one, we can provide you with this wonderful stand-in: http://www.peeperspuppet.com
- Puppet Improv! · June 17th · 3-6PM
Improvising Characters – While continuing an enhancement of improvisational skills, this term explores acting through character development.
- Improv 2 · 3-day intensive · Friday-Sunday · 11AM-7PM (6/9-6/11)
- Improv 2 · 3-day intensive · Saturday-Monday · 11AM-7PM (7/1-7/3)
IMPROV FOR VETERANS LEVEL BRAVO
In the bravo level of this class, students will delve deeper into scene work, with specific focus on character development. They will explore creating characters through internal motivations, like point of view, status, wants and intentions, and external ones, like experimenting with physicality. Students also continue to explore scene work, with special emphasis on how to create scenes inspired by personal stories.
- Improv for Veterans: Level Bravo · Saturdays · 3:30-7PM (5/13-6/24)
Improvising Scenes – A study of structure, content, and character wants; this term focuses on what makes an improvised scene work.
- Improv 3 EXPRESS · Mondays & Wednesdays (Off Peak Hours) · 11-2:30PM (6/6-6/26)
The Improv Drop-in is a noncommittal, two hour class that will keep you on your toes and inject fun into your day. Drop-ins are designed for all levels so if you want to get extra class time, play with new people or work with amazing coaches then drop on by! Any current student or grad of The Second City is eligible to take this class. For any persons with equivalent training from other programs, please call our office to determine if this class is appropriate for you. We cap the class at 16 students, so arrive early to get a spot.
CONSERVATORY 1 (audition level)
Acting within Improv – put the two together. Graduates of iO, UCB, & ComedySportz are eligible to bypass the audition and directly enroll!!! Call 323.464.8542 to sign up.
- Cons 1 · Mondays · 11-2:30PM (5/8-6/26)
- Cons 1 · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (5/8-6/26)
- Cons 1 · Sundays · 12-3:30PM (5/14-6/25)
Original Characters – the next Austin Powers is within you!
- Cons 2 · Mondays · 11-2:30PM (5/8-6/26)
- Cons 2 · Wednesdays · 6:30-10PM (5/10-6/21)
- Cons 2 · Sundays · 3:30-7PM (5/14-6/25)
Ensemble Improv – calm down, Austin Powers, it’s not all about you.
- Cons 3 · Mondays · 11-2:30PM (5/8-6/26)
- Cons 3 · Tuesday · 6:30-10PM (5/9-6/20)
- Cons 3 · Saturdays · 12-3:30PM (5/13-6/24)
Beginning Re-Improvisation: Do it more than once and start to create sketches.
Advanced Re-Improvisation: Improvise drafts of group scenes and comic structure.
- Cons 5 · Tuesdays · 6:30-10PM (5/9-6/20)
- Cons 5 · Wednesdays · 6:30-10PM (5/10-6/21)
- Cons 5 · Saturdays · 3:30-7PM (5/13-6/24)
- Cons 5 · Sundays · 12-3:30PM (5/14-6/25)
Create an original Second City style revue! Grad Revue classes perform Sunday evenings, culminating in 7 previews and 8 final performances in The Second City Hollywood Studio Theater.
- Grad Revue Part 1-Cruller · Sundays · 12-3:30PM (5/14-6/25)
- Grad Revue Part 1-Maple Bar · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (5/8-6/26)
- Grad Revue Part 1-Sprinkles · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (5/8-6/26)
- Grad Revue Part 2-Shoestring · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (5/8-6/26)
- Grad Revue Part 2-Waffle · Mondays · 6:30-10PM (5/8-6/26)
- Grad Revue Part 2-Crinkle · Sundays · 12-3:30PM (5/14-6/25)
CRACKING TWO-PERSON IMPROV WITH TIM & ROB
Tim Stoltenberg and Rob Belushi co-teach their method for approaching two-person improv as a means to have the most fun and fulfilling stage time you can share with another person. Tim and Rob have headlined festivals such as Chicago Improv Fest, Pittsburgh Comedy Fest, Charleston Comedy Fest, Out of Bounds Austin, Crossroads Comedy Indy and many others, and have found success with a simple approach.
The class will focus on what drives a successful two-person, how to get the most out of your opening, how to get the audience on your side, and how to approach your relationship on stage. They will guide you through a simple form and how to best showcase your authenticity and range and later, how to put your own twist on this classic form. This class will offer reps for people new to the form, and development for those who have tried it before. At the term’s end, students will have the confidence and skills to take their two-person performance to stage and see how satisfying it is to create a world with your partner, over and over, and do it well.
- Cracking Two-Person Improv with Tim & Rob · Wednesdays · 7-10PM (5/10-6/21) SOLD OUT waitlist available
LONG FORM ESSENTIALS
Discover long form improvisation! Begin with the fundamentals of long form including tag outs, cut-tos, wipes, and scene painting. Explore the mind set of taking a single suggestion and turning it into a cohesive show. Study the montage and immerse in an ensemble and group mind.
Students must pass an audition to enter into the Long Form Program. A solid grasp of improv scene work is recommended before auditions. Sign up for auditions HERE
There will be one class performance in this level. This course is taught by Dave Colan.
- Long Form Essentials · Thursdays · 7:30-10PM (7/6-8/17)
IMPROV BASICS FOR THE ADVANCED IMPROVISER
This specialty class takes all the rules you’ve learned and incorporates them back into a few simple, fundamental ideas that you’ve worked with since the beginning, breaking it down into simple goals. Improve your current scene work by diving back into the fundamentals, and receive detailed personal notes and feedback from your teacher. Just because it’s simple, doesn’t mean it’s easy. Easy to understand, a lifetime to master.
This course is taught by Second City Alumnus Dave Colan
- Improv Basics for the Advanced Improviser · Sundays · 11-2PM (6/6-6/27)
LADIES LOVE IMPROV WITH JAIME MOYER
This intensive is for the ladies only, sorry fellas! We will work on strong initiations, committing to characters, and extreme yes, and. Jaime will also side-coach and work scenes to find game and add specifics. A must for the improviser who finds herself constantly playing mom or wife (or both at once, ewwww). Let’s work it out ladies, and find ways to be empowered within both our scene work and improv community!
- Ladies Love Improv with Jaime Moyer · Weds-Fri · 7-10PM (5/31-6/2) 3 SPOTS LEFT
- Ladies Love Improv with Jaime Moyer · Weds-Fri · 7-10PM (6/28-6/30) 5 SPOTS LEFT
ACTING 1: BEGINNING ACTING
The first level of the acting program examines fundamental acting skills focusing on tools from the intellectual side of the human condition. These tools include play analysis, beat work and monologue work. The stage/theater audition process will also be examined which will include resumes, headshots and audition etiquette. All improvisers should have acting classes as a part of their tool set. Add this class to your improv training or just learn the basics of acting on its own–no improv training is required to take this class.
- Acting 1 · 5-day intensive · Monday-Friday · 11AM-4:30PM (6/12-6/16)
SITCOM 101 FOR ACTORS
This is a 5-week Sitcom class focusing on script analysis, technique and the audition. The goal of this intensive is to make good actors and funny people more consistently successful in the audition room. Excellent practice for the seasoned actor; also, a great place to start for beginners. Get more out of your process by increasing your sitcom vocabulary, honing your skills and replacing bad habits with productive ones.
- Sitcom 101 for Actors · Tuesdays · 1-4pm (5/23-6/20) SOLD OUT! wait list available
- Sitcom 101 for Actors · Thursdays · 7-10pm (5/18-6/15) SOLD OUT! wait list available
Learn the basics of how to create your own podcast from home! In this class we will workshop content as well as discuss branding, recording, and publishing to help bring life to your vision and get your comedic voice out into the world. Each week participants will discuss different genres of podcasting and will be given written exercises to help shape the content you want to produce. We will also cover the types of equipment needed to efficiently produce a DIY podcast. By the end of the four weeks you will have workshopped your idea in front of a group of people and leave with a creative plan and the necessary knowledge for producing your own successful podcast.
- DIY Podcasting · Thursdays · 7-10PM (6/8-6/29)
BEGINNING VOICEOVER FOR IMPROVISERS
Second City Alumnus Kiff VandenHeuvel teaches this seven-week course covering the world of commercial and character voiceover. This class will help you discover what you’ll will need to get started in the world of voiceover. Learn about mic technique, demos, the difference between narrator and character reads, rates, tips, tricks and resources for building your career in the LA voiceover scene. At the end of class you’ll receive mp3 files of your work.
- Beginning Voiceover for Improvisers · Tuesdays · 7-10PM (5/9-6/20)
VIDEOGAME & THEATRICAL VO: GRUNTS, SHOUTS, CALLOUTS & DEATHS
Second City Alumnus and videogame/animation actor Kiff VandenHeuvel teaches this special course covering the world of character voiceover for video games. This class will help you discover how improvisation is a critical skill in the world of voiceover for video games and theatrical film work. Learn about what casting directors expect in auditions for video game characters, and how to use the skills of improvisation with a microphone, how and when to improvise with scripted material, and how to “die” in the booth and still leave with some voice to scream another day. This workshop is a VO workout of legendary proportions.
Bring a notebook, a writing instrument and a lot of water! Not kidding. Bring water.
- Videogame & Theatrical VO · Sunday, June 4th · 10-3:00PM
- Videogame & Theatrical VO · Saturday, June 17th · 10-3:00PM
CHICAGO STYLE IMPROV – LET’S GET PHYSICAL
Learn to get out of your head and into your body by bringing more physicality to your improv work. Learning to use the environment, characters and feeling comfortable in your own skin to release you from “being in your head” and will unlock a doorway to scene work that is more spontaneous, effortless and fun.
Jonathan Browning currently teaches Advanced Long Form Improvisation at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in Hollywood. In Chicago, he was a company member of the Annoyance Theatre and performed in dozens of original pieces as well as “Coed Prison Sluts” and “What Every Girl Should Know…An Ode to Judy Blume”. In Los Angeles, he was part of Robot Doctors, the first UCB LA Harold Team, and The IOWest House Team, Saucebox.
He has been teaching improvisation for over twenty years and believes that it can be one of the purest forms of spontaneity in art and in life.
- Chicago Style Improv – Let’s Get Physical · Saturday, May 27th · 12:30-3:30PM SOLD OUT waitlist available
STORYTELLING 101 – CRAFTING A STORY
Live storytelling shows have become one of the fastest growing and most personal forms of entertainment in Los Angeles. With the popularity of shows like The Moth, Mortified and Porchlight, audiences have shown that they love to hear a well-crafted and fascinating story. In this class we will focus on the craft of 1st-person storytelling – how to structure an event from your life in a way that is interesting and entertaining to other people. At the completion of the four weeks, each of the students will walk out with one stage-ready story, which will be performed in the final class show.
- Storytelling 101 · Wednesdays · 7-10pm (5/24-6/14) 2 SPOTS LEFT
- Storytelling 101 · Tuesdays · 11-2PM (5/30-6/13) 4 SPOTS LEFT
STORYTELLING 201 – BECOMING A STORYTELLER
Everyone has a story from their lives that will transfix anyone who is listening. The question is – can you do that again? Can you be memorable and interesting each time you tell that story? In this class, we will focus on finding your authentic voice as a 1st-person storyteller – refining the way you express yourself and owning your life experiences in a way that is honest, vulnerable, and connects with others. At the completion of the six weeks, each student will have a stage-ready story, the tools and techniques to craft a unique telling of their story, and the principles necessary to be able to do that every time. There is one class performance at the end of this process.
Prerequisite – Storytelling 101 (or instructor approval)
- Storytelling 201 · Mondays · 11-2PM (6/5-7/10)
Develop yourself as a solo comedic performer by writing and workshopping your own material. By understanding how earlier stand-up comics evolved, students experiment outside their comfort zone and experiment until discovering their own unique style. Class culminates in a final performance at The Second City Hollywood.
- Stand-Up 101 · Sundays · 3:30-7PM (5/14-6/25) SOLD OUT! waitlist available
Build on the skills developed in Stand-Up 101, honing your comedic voice through a variety of exercises and personal feedback. Class culminates in a final performance on one of The Second City Training Center’s stages.
- Stand-Up 201 · Sundays · 12-3:30PM (5/14-6/25)
MUSICAL IMPROV ESSENTIALS
This introductory class is highly recommended for those interested in the musical improvisation program. Students are introduced to vocal performance, production, projection, and the fundamental concepts of musical improvisation. This class provides a great overview for everyone interested in music, Second City-style.
- Musical Improv Essentials · Sundays · 12-3:30PM (5/14-6/25)
IMPROV HIP HOP VOL. 1
Improv hip hop is not easy, but it can be learned. And it’s worth the hard work. The feeling of flawlessly freestyling on a stage as the audience loses its mind is amazing. In this class you’ll learn how to freestyle, rap within improv scenes, cover basics of beatboxing and learn a number of awesome short form games including: Rap Line, Beastie Rap, Pass the Mic and Historical Rap Battle.
- Improv Hip Hop Vol.1 · Thursdays · 7-10PM (5/25-6/22) 1 SPOTS LEFT
IMPROV HIP HOP VOL. 2
Use the rhythm & rhyme skills from level 1 in more complex games and long form improv narratives. We’ll push the envelope of freestyling in the form of telling stories and even improvise an all hip hop musical.
- Improv Hip Hop Vol. 2 · Tuesdays · 7-10PM (5/9-5/30)
MINI COMEDY CAMPS AGES 6-7
Mini Summer Comedy Camps for ages 6-7 will be held during select camp sessions. Mini Camps meet Monday through Friday, 9am-12:45pm. Each day students rotate through two subjects:
Improv: An intro to the rules of Improv—saying yes, working together, listening, and having fun.
Musical Improv: Learn to spontaneously put words to music.
SUMMER COMEDY CAMPS AGES 8-18
Our summer comedy camps attract students from all over the world to learn improv, make friends, and perform on our stage!
Monday through Friday 9am – 3:30pm
Students are grouped by ages 8-10, 11-13, and 14-18. No previous experience is needed. Camp ends with a free show where the students show off what they’ve learned!
Each day students rotate through three subjects:
Improv: An Intro to the rules of Improv; saying yes, working together, listening, and having fun.
Sketch Comedy: An intro to the basics of writing sketch comedy scenes.
Musical Improv: Learn to spontaneously put words to music.
An optional after-camp care session is available from 3:30-5pm each day for $75.
- Summer Camp 1 · 6/12-6/16
- Summer Camp 2 · 6/19-6/23
- Summer Camp 3 · 6/26-6/30
- Summer Camp 4 · 7/5-7/7
- Summer Camp 5 · 7/10-7/14
- Summer Camp 6 · 7/17-7/21
- Summer Camp 7 · 7/24-7/28
- Summer Camp 8 · 7/31-8/4
- Summer Camp 9 · 8/7-8/11
- Summer Camp 10 · 8/14-8/18
What kind of kid is yours? Shy kid? Class clown? Smart aleck? Get them into these classes that will feed what they need. They will learn improv exercises and games. No experience needed. Each term is 7 weeks long and designed to be taken several times.
- Youth Improv (Ages 6-7) · Saturdays · 10-12PM (5/13-6/24)
- Youth Improv (Ages 8-10) · Saturdays · 10-12PM (5/13-6/24)
- Youth Improv (Ages 8-10) · Sundays · 10-12PM (5/14-6/25)
- Youth Improv (Ages 11-13) · Saturdays · 10-12PM (5/13-6/24)
- Youth Improv (Ages 11-13) · Sundays · 10-12PM (5/14-6/25)
- Youth Improv (Ages 14-18) · Saturdays · 10-12PM (5/13-6/24)
- Youth Improv (Ages 14-18) · Sundays · 10-12PM (5/14-6/25)
INCLUSIVE IMPROV: IMPROV FOR KIDS WITH AUTISM AND BEYOND (ages 7-10)
Inclusive Improv is great for enhancing eye contact, building peer relationships, and stretching creative potential while playing games, listening, collaborating, and most importantly having fun!!!
The instructor team from The Second City and Zip Zap Zop Enrichment have experience working with children with special needs and providing improv programs and workshops at various schools in the LA area. Students will learn the same skills as a mainstream improv program with additional supports, pacing and comfort level that fits the needs of the group.
- Inclusive Improv · Saturdays · 2-3:30PM (5/13-6/24)
TEEN STAND-UP (ages 13-18)
Discover and express your unique comedic voice and develop your personal style as a stand-up comedian. We will focus on generating original material, building stage presence and celebrating your take on the world. All culminating in a performance for your friends and family.
- Teen Stand-Up · Saturdays · 10-12PM (5/13-6/24)
ADVANCED IMPROV (AGES 14-18)
This advanced improv class is for students who have taken our Youth and Teen Improv classes and are ready for the next step. This is an audition level course.
- Advanced Improv · Saturdays · 10-12PM (5/13-6/24)
The Teen Troupe is a seven week class designed for students who would like a deeper exploration of improvisation. The course will build ensemble technique and facility in improvisation. This will be accomplished through both long and short form improv work, culminating in a public presentation at The Second City Studio Theatre. Performances are held each week during the class term. Students are admitted to class by interview/audition only. Class size is limited and we are giving first priority to former students of the Teen Performance classes.
- Teen Troupe · Saturdays · 4-7PM (5/13-6/24)
INTRODUCTION TO COMEDY WRITING
Low pressure and lots of fun! Beginners explore their comic voice through in-class writing exercises. Learn sketch formatting and story structure while utilizing the Second City core concept of “yes and”. Learn to write comedy just for fun or to ready yourself for your Conservatory show.
- Intro to Comedy Writing · Tuesdays (Off Peak Hours) · 11-2:30PM (5/16-6/27)
- Intro to Comedy Writing · Saturdays · 3:30-7PM (5/13-6/24)
WRITING FOR HILARIOUS SOCIAL AND POLITICAL SATIRE
Stephen Colbert (The Colbert Report), Keegan-Michael Key (Key & Peele), and Tina Fey (30 Rock) all started creating social and political satire at The Second City. You’re in Hollywood for a reason. Learn valuable tools to create smart, sharp, hilariously biting satire for TV sketch, sitcom, screenplay, the web, or the stage.
- Writing for Hilarious Social and Political Satire · Sundays · 3:30-7PM (5/14-6/25)
WRITING FOR LATE NIGHT TV AND TALK SHOWS (LEVEL 1)
Write desk bits, remote segments, guest pieces, sketch and a variety of segments for shows like Fallon, Conan, Kimmel, Seth Myers, Colbert, Ellen and more. Pitch monologue jokes, brainstorm, explore and heighten material in this collaborative Writer’s Room environment. Create original material to strengthen your writing samples, and produce the elements to put together your pitch packet for a talk show. Please bring a laptop or phone for Internet access.
- Writing for Late Night TV · Tuesdays · 6:30-10PM (5/9-6/20)
- Writing for Late Night TV · Four-day Intensive · Tuesday – Friday · 11-4:30PM (6/27-6/30)
SITCOM SPEC WRITING (LEVEL 1)
A spec script is an idea you have for an episode of an existing show (remember how you thought Liz Lemon should marry Pete Hornberger?). Learn sitcom story format, how to match the voice and tone of the show, how to give and take notes, and what the industry is looking for in a good spec. At the end of the class, you’ll have a rough draft.
- Sitcom Spec Writing Level 1 · Saturdays · 12-3:30PM (5/13-6/24)
ONLINE WRITING A SCREENPLAY
A sellable screenplay in Hollywood = quit your day job. This class will help you create characters, understand structure and learn to pitch. You’ll end this course with an outline of your [awesome] screenplay idea.
- Online Writing a Screenplay • June 11 – July 23
ONLINE CREATING AND PITCHING YOUR TV SERIES
You’ve been talking about your sitcom idea forever already. Make it happen! Learn what the market is looking for (seriously, what are they looking for?), how to present your idea, and make them laugh in the room. You’ll end this course with an original pitch packet – from log lines to character breakdowns to future episodes.
- Online Creating and Pitching Your TV Series • May 21 – July 2
ONLINE SHAPE YOUR SKETCH: CONCEPTION TO PERFECTION
The most important part of the writing process is the RE-WRITING process. In this class, we take early drafts of your sketch, learn to hone on the premise, find the best context for it, and edit out everything unnecessary so your sketch is tight, efficient, and ready to perform. You’ll turn your early drafts in to show-ready, final drafts that give your material the best chance to succeed.
“The only kind of writing is rewriting.” ― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast
- Online Shape Your Sketch: Conception to Perfection • June 4 – June 25
ONLINE COMEDY WRITING BOOTCAMP: FISH OUT OF WATER
You’ve learned how to write a Fish Out of Water sketch. You’ve learned the concepts of ‘Insane in a Sane World’ and ‘Sane in a an Insane World.’ Have you had the opportunity to write BOTH types? AND get feedback? AND REWRITE them? This course is an intensive in all things Fish Out of Water. Get ready to generate new ideas, new sketches and rewrite old ones. YOU ARE NOT THE Fish Out of Water HERE. Jump in, the water’s fine!
- Online Comedy Writing Bootcamp: Fish Out of Water • May 28 – June 18
ONLINE TEEN SKETCH (AGES 15-18)
Teen Sketch is a quick and fun entry into the world of sketch comedy writing. This is an exercise-based class WITH NO GRADES (woohoo!) that is all about generating ideas and exploring point of view while learning some terminology along the way. Homework includes watching TV, Youtube clips and posting on the Discussion Board. Gain enough Experience Points (XP) and you are ready to Level Up.
- Online Teen Sketch (ages 15-18) • May 28 – June 18
- Online Teen Sketch (ages 15-18) • June 18 – July 9
Improv 2 Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • June 9th – June 11th
Acting 1: Beginning Acting Intensive • Mon-Fri 11-4:30PM • June 12th – June 16th
Improv 1 Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • June 23rd – June 25th
Writing for Late Night & TV Talk Shows Intensive • Tues-Fri 11-4:30PM • June 27th – June 30th
Physical Comedy Intensive • Mon-Fri 11-4:30PM • July 10th – July 14th
Improv 1 Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • July 14th – July 16th
Constructing Your Comedic Screenplay Intensive • Mon-Fri 11-4:30PM • July 17th – July 21st
Improv 2 Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • July 28th – July 30th
Improv 1 Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • August 11th – August 13th
Foundation of Second City Intensive • Mon-Fri 11-7PM • August 14th – August 18th
Improv 1 Intensive • Mon-Fri 11-4:30PM • August 21st – August 25th
Writing Hilarious Social & Political Satire Intensive • Fri-Sun 11-7PM • August 25th – August 27th