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How to Kick Someone Out of Your Improv Group

Kicking a member out of your improv group is something nobody wants to do. Most groups avoid it because improvisers hate confrontation. But sometimes it has to happen, and if you do have to let someone go, remember what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. So here are some tips to help prevent you from […]

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Congrats to the 2016 Emmy Nominees!

Tonight is the 2016 Emmy Awards. It’s a big night for the television industry, and it’s also a big night for the improv community. When I was looking at the list of nominees the other day, I couldn’t believe how many improvisers were nominated in all categories — acting, writing, and directing. Here is our […]

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Why I Still Do Improv

What still excites me about improv after all these years? I get this question a lot. And the answer may surprise you. It is the teaching. I love teaching. I love teaching improv even more than doing shows or the podcast Improv Nerd. And this will blow your mind coming from Mr. Self-Hatred and Self-Loather […]

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What Is the Art of Slow Comedy?

This summer I taught two sold-out weekends of my Art of Slow Comedy intensives, and after the first two-day intensive, one my students from Denmark asked me: “What is the Art of Slow Comedy?” That is hard question to answer since I have evolved and so has my teaching. After I explained it, he said, […]

Judy Fabjance

Goodbye, Judy Fabjance

The Chicago improv community has lost another great one, this time to fucking cancer. Judy Fabjance was a beloved improv teacher at The Second City Training Center, a member of the ground-breaking group Gayco, and a mother to Daphne and wife to Kelly. She was only 41. She started taking improv classes at Second City […]

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The Improviser’s Secret Weapon

I really should not write a blog this week. I am fried and burnt out, and the best thing to do in this situation is just re-run an old blog. But I am not built that way. I am from the school of “push through the pain until something breaks,” and I rarely take my […]

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