Smash Comedy Festival: Improv and Sketch Workshops!

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Little Mountain Gallery

195 East 26th Avenue

Vancouver, BC V5V 2G8

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Produced by Nasty Women Comedy, the inaugural Smash Comedy Festival is a three-day comedy festival spotlighting Vancouver’s best and brightest women/trans/femme/plus performers, all in support of sending underrepresented kids to Improv Camp for the upcoming 2019 season. CHECK OUT OUR FULL SHOW SCHEDULE HERE!

Improv and Sketch Comedy Workshops

We're offering four different inspiring workshops from some of the city’s sharpest improv performers and writers, each taking place at Little Mountain Gallery (195 E 26th Ave, Vancouver). Hone your craft and level up your comedy at any or all of these two- or three-hour intensives. Please note that while sketch workshop "How to Write for Women" is designed specifically for writers who do not personally identify as women, our improv workshops are designed to serve the community of women/trans*/femme-identifying performers specifically. Thank you for your understanding!

Improv Workshop 1: Gender On Stage with Amy Shostak [CANCELLED]

Friday, Jan 25, 4:45pm-6:45PM
$40/person, Little Mountain Gallery

This workshop explores how gender often presents itself in improvisation, and in what ways can we honour, question or challenge concepts of gender on stage. We will experiment with subverting, commenting on, centring and de-centring character choices in relation to gender. The focus of this workshop will be on active character-focused scene work, but there will also be time for discussion. Being hosted at the Smash Comedy Fest, this workshop is open to all women, trans*, femme and genderqueer-identified performers with foundational improv training.

Amy is an improvisor and comedian from Vancouver. She's been improvising since 2002, and served as Artistic Director of Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton for six years. She currently leads classes on improvisation at Blind Tiger Comedy, and is the Festival Director of the Vancouver International Improv Festival. Off stage, Amy's passions include civic engagement and nachos. You can learn more about her at www.amyshostak.ca


Improv Workshop 2: Creating Confident Characters with Rae Lynn Carson

[CANCELLED]

Saturday, Jan 26, 10:00am-12:00pm
$30/person, Little Mountain Gallery

Do you find it difficult to come up with characters on the spot while improvising? Are you having trouble staying committed to your characters? Have you always wanted to try characters out on stage but are too nervous of how silly you may look? This workshop is designed to help improvisers, sketch comedians, and actors discover the joy, fun, and wackiness in characters while remaining fully committed and doing solid improv. Rae Lynn will provide you with a safe space to allow you to experiment with characters, and to make you feel confident in the choices you make in the moment. She will teach you tons of fun exercises and tricks to help bring your characters to life at your next performance. Fear to play characters will be a thing of the past, and that’s a Rae Lynn guarantee!

Rae Lynn Carson has been a professional improviser for over 6 years. She performs regularly with Vancouver TheatreSports League, The Fictionals, and Nasty Women Comedy, and can also be seen guesting on many other comedy shows around the city. Not only has she trained in Vancouver, but Rae Lynn has spent time training at Chicago’s Annoyance Theatre.

Improv Workshop 3: Mining Joy with Jenny Rubé

Saturday, Jan 26, 12:30pm to 2:30
$30/person, Little Mountain Gallery

An improviser has a million questions running through their head at any given moment on stage, and it can be overwhelming to tackle them all.This is the “self-care” portion of improv where you get to be honest with yourself and discover what makes you happiest on stage, and how you can use that happiness to build stronger improv scenes centered around the content you love without over-thinking it or getting bogged down by the who, what, where, how, and why. One of the most trustworthy approaches is to have ‘joy’ be the bus driver to get them all to where they need to be. Jenny will provide you with simple and effective tools to help elevate your scene work by tapping in to the old joy mine to let the magic flow out. In this workshop, you will learn a variety of tools to help you keep joy in the driver seat, making for interesting, dynamic, fun-to-watch-and-fun-to-be-in improv. Requirements: Intermediate Improv Experience

By way of Edmonton, Alberta, Jenny Rubé is an actor, improvisor and sketch comedian currently based in Vancouver, BC.Jenny has trained at Rapid Fire Theatre and Blind Tiger Comedy. She has performed throughout North America in places like New York and Bellingham, and performs frequently in local comedy show staples at the China Cloud, Little Mountain Gallery, and Havana Theatre. She is one half of comedy duo Robes, one fourth of Blind Tiger House Team Szyslak, and is the founder and one tenth of Nasty Women Comedy.

Sketch Workshop 1: How to Write for Women with Racquel Belmonte

Saturday, Jan 26, 3:00pm to 5:30pm
$35.00 per person, Little Mountain Gallery

Created as a direct response to the questionable and inappropriate female characters she and her female-identifying peers have had to play thus far in their sketch comedy careers, “How to Write for Women” is a workshop designed primarily for cis-men involved with or interested in sketch comedy who are wanting to become stronger allies within the community through their work and behavior. This workshop will focus on how to write and create diverse characters for female-identifying equals, and will explore topics of equality, stereotyping, gender norms, workplace dynamics, and the importance of inclusion and safety within our community- most particularly onstage and in the writer’s room.

This workshop will contain written and performed components, in addition to discussion. Though this workshop is mainly geared towards cis-male folks, anyone with a high interest in sketch comedy and/or pushing boundaries within their communities to create change is able to participate. All levels of experience are welcome. Absolute MAX workshop capacity 15, minimum 4-5


Racquel Belmonte is a voice actor, sketch comedian, and improviser based in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has trained with The Second City, Blind Tiger Comedy, Instant Theatre, and Vancouver Theatresports League. In addition to consistently performing in various shows all over the city, Racquel is a member of comedy groups Carmelahhh, Nasty Women Comedy, and is a member of the Blind Tiger Houseteam Reynolds. Racquel has performed in the Del Close Marathon, at Bellingham’s Upfront Theatre, at Rapid Fire Theatre in Edmonton, and most recently in Toronto at the Fringe Festival and at Bad Dog Theatre Company.


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