Art of Slow Comedy Level 3: 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:

The final level of Jimmy Carrane’s Art of Slow Comedy program is divided into two parts. In the first part, you’ll learn practical tools to help you create and sustain entertaining long forms.  You will discover how to use “a suggestion” to inspire your scene work, the importance of varying your energies and different types of scenes throughout a show, as well as how to edit scenes effectively and how to do walk-ons that support the scene.

In the second half of the class, Jimmy will choose a form that plays to the strength of the group and then the ensemble will rehearse to prepare for a final performance on Zoom in front of friends and family on the last day of class.  The final performance typically runs between 30 to 45 minutes.

In this advanced level class you will work on:

  • How to make the suggestion work for your personality
  • Different techniques to add variety easily to any long form
  • Trusting your instincts in editing
  • Doing walk-ons that support vs. highjacking the scene
  • Being part of ensemble to bring out your best

Class format:

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

Class size:

Limited to 10 students MAX.

Fridays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Central Time from Jan. 7 to Feb. 11, 2022 via Zoom.

Only $259 if you register by Dec. 24. ($289 after).

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

What past students are saying:

“Jimmy’s high standard of teaching creates a safe place for the student to learn and explore. Jimmy helped me to find my voice within improvisation and a deep new understanding of the freedom of laughter! The Art of Slow Comedy levels 1, 2 and 3 were truly life changing.”
Lesa Bricker-Reich

“Quite simply he is a master teacher who offers an extraordinary ‘improvisational master class.’ His positive approach combined with a thoughtful methodology brings out the best in each of us. I learned lessons along with exercises that I can practice and play with for a lifetime. If you want to hone the craft of improv, build confidence and own your skills take Jimmy’s Art of Slow Comedy series. Simply transformational!”
Greta Ferkel

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