Let's Get Weird: Improv Classes at Dad's Garage Theatre Company
What do Amy Poehler, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, and Kristen Wiig all have in common? Besides all starring on SNL, they were also improvisers. Finally, we found a way to join the ranks of the greatest comedians of our time- thanks to the comedy machine at Dad’s Garage Theatre.
What To Expect
- A beginning-level improv comedy class taught by the joke-making experts at Dad’s Garage Theatre
- The classes meet once a week for eight weeks, and are two hours long
- You’ll also get the satisfaction of proving you’re officially the funniest person you know
What do Amy Poehler, Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, and Kristen Wiig all have in common? Ok, yes, they were all on Saturday Night Live, but dig deeper. They're all improvisers! They all build hilarious scenes, stories, and characters through improv, the art of making it up on the spot, unscripted, without a net. It's scary, challenging and, well, oftentimes downright hilarious. And at Dad's Garage in their new home in the Old 4th Ward, they've perfected that art. Coming up with plot lines and jokes on the spot since 1995, most Atlantans have grown to love the hilarity that ensues six shows a week. If the idea of getting up on stage with no script and no idea what you're supposed to say or do scares the bejeezus out of you, don’t even worry- the intro to improv class is simply here to show you how to say yes to dangerously funny ideas. Whether you're shaking in your literal boots, or just need a bit o' practice before your first performance: rest easy, there's hope. And that hope comes in the form of a week session of classes. Two hours. That's all it takes for you to quell your improv curiosity, improve your nerves during presentations, and mayhaps make a few friends.
For the timid, don't worry- you don’t jump on stage first thing. That would be complete madness. You start by building strong improv skills- and it’s all stuff you do every day, so it’s not that scary. You’ll learn things like listening, saying yes, agreeing, and having fun while playing games with names like “Battle Axe,” “Where Have My Fingers Been?” and “Beastie Boys.” Sounds made up, but these are real games taught by real professional improvisers who have worked all over the world. And they really do teach even the shyest of students how to project confidence and have a great time while they do it. Even if you’re not interested in performing, improv skills translate into skills we use every day on the job. Salespeople, lawyers, public servants, artists, anyone who has to talk to humans at any point in their day can benefit from learning how to think fast, get out of their head, and keep moving forward when they think they’re stuck. Improv is serious business. Thank goodness, the chuckleheads at Dad’s garage have it down to a science.