TIME: Saturday, March 4th, 4-6pm (This elective is 8 weeks long.)
Imagine filming movies without any knowledge of the classics, famous directors, or a clue about how the movie business works. Seems a bit one-sided, right?
The improv boom of the last decade has brought us dozens of growing improv communities across the country. What gets lost is often the history of the art and the history makers within it. This class will explore the beginnings of improvisational comedy all the way through the modern day landscape. We'll cover the most famous forms, the biggest theaters, the game-changing troupes, the changing methodology, the lineage of venues, the festival circuit, and everything we can cram in, from coast to coast, from then until now.
We will have lots of Q & A and discussion time as well as a couple of screenings throughout. You'll leave this class with a much greater knowledge about this thing we are all so passionate about. And, at the very least, you'll be someone who knows that improv is more than just Del Close and the Harold.
Derek Dupuy is an improviser and sketch comedian hailing from New Orleans, Louisiana. He has been doing comedy for eight years and has traveled all over North America teaching and performing. Derek is a co-founder of The New Movement comedy theater and training center in New Orleans. As part of the group Stupid Time Machine, his work has been featured on Funny or Die, Bustle, and Splitsider. Aside from peforming, one of his passions in life is teaching people the building blocks of comedy as a means for creative work and a better life.