Art of Slow Comedy: Advanced Ensemble


Who should take this class:

  • Students who have completed (Fun)damentals of Improv and The Guts.
  • Interview with instructor required to advance to this performance-level class.
  • If you have not worked with Jimmy before you will need approval (please email him at:

It’s time to transform from improvising to being an improviser. This is a performance-level class with a strong ensemble component. It won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

In the final level of Jimmy Carrane’s improvisation approach, you’ll learn the nuances of long form improvisation — energy, editing, and walk-ons. From here, you and your ensemble will move forward to create weeks of fun-filled scenework. And the best part? The last class day will culminate in a class performance, open to friends and family.

You’ve worked hard to become an improviser. Now, it’s time to add the audience and hear the laughter.

Awesome class benefits:

  • An intense acceleration of long-form improvisation, character work, timing, and editing.
  • Forms tailored to your ensemble’s strengths to ensure your success as a group of humans having fun together.
  • Coaching/directing from Jimmy with your ensemble’s final performance in mind.
  • A final class performance that adds the element of audience for the incomparable reward of laughter.

Class format:

6 weeks, 12 total hours of play time and instruction, class performance on final class date

Class size:

Limited to 14 students MAX.

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m. from April 11-May 16 at Green Shirt Studio, 4407 N. Clark St., Chicago. Only $259 if you register by March 28 ($289 after)

NOTE: Once your payment is received, there are no refunds or transfers on this class.

What past students are saying:

“I wanted to train from a true master of improv, someone with the skill and wisdom to bring the best training methods into access for me in a safe and playful environment.  If you want to learn from the best, Jim Carrane is the teacher for you.”
Scott Holstein

“The best lawyers are active listeners that can think on their feet.  Whether you are listening to a key witness’s testimony or trying to hear what your client really wants, being a good listener is essential to being a good lawyer.  Nothing can teach you how to improve your active listening skills and develop your ability to think on your feet like improv.
Jimmy has taught lawyers, doctors and probably even and an Indian Chief along the way.  The skills Jimmy teaches will make you better at whatever you do.”
Todd Neuman

The Art of Slow Comedy classes were even named in Chicago Magazine’s “5 Great Comedy Classes for Fall 2015“!