This course is about adding the skills of long-form improv comedy to your skillset. Building relationships, creating complex characters, maintaining longer scenes, switching between scenes and much more.
You don’t need to have done L2 to do this course. Either you’ve done a beginner’s improv course before (with anyone, not just us) or you’ve been casually doing improv for a little while (e.g. the Jam).
What is Long-form Improv
It’s a category of improvised comedy performance where one or more narratives are maintained, explored or advanced through more than one scene. In long-form improv, you’ll almost definitely find yourself playing a character more than once, for example, and working towards keeping a story going for a few scenes.
What you’ll be doing in this Improv Course
A small part revisiting some of the improv basics, a large part getting acquainted with techniques and formats that are conducive to good long-form.
We’ll be approaching things like:
- Creating and inhabiting more complex characters
- Building dynamic relationships between your characters
- Performing longer scenes
- Finding and following a narrative (listening and interpretation skills)
What you’ll get out of the Course
A fundamental understanding of how to perform long-form comedy improvisation. You’ll basically be able to improvise an entire short comedy play by the end of the course. There will also be the opportunity to perform and showcase your new skills at one of our shows. It isn’t mandatory but it is recommended.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I've never done acting or improvisation before. Can I join this course?
The L1 (Level 1) improv course is designed for those who have no experience of the stage. It's best you sign up for that one if you have no improv or acting experience.
The L1 course also works really well for those who have performing experience but none of it in improv comedy.
I already have improv or acting experience. Which course should I take?
Probably not the Level 1 course. It would be best to speak to us and we'll have a quick chat about your experience. There's a good chance we'll recommend you take a higher level course.
I can't make every session. Should I still sign up?
You should sign up if you think you'll be able to make at least 6 of the 8 sessions. Any fewer than that and you may find yourself falling behind.
Do I have to be funny and/or a fast thinker?
Nope. But that's kind of the point! It's a course that teaches you about some of the mechanics of comedy and thinking on your feet. If you want to be funny or be able to think a little quicker on your feet, you should definitely sign up to a course.
Will I have to perform on stage if I take this course?
There's no obligation to take to the stage at the end of a course; it's entirely optional. We do encourage, though, that you watch some shows to see how it all works (and also because they're hilarious). You can watch most of ImproQuo's live comedy shows for free if you're signed up to a course.
We can be flexible with payment and so if you’d rather not pay in full now, you can pay a deposit to lock in your place and pay the rest later. If you need further flexbility we can accommodate, just give us a shout.
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