iO West in Hollywood to close Feb. 24, 2018
In the mid-1990s, as a handful of Del Close’s disciples moved to New York City to pursue their own show-business dreams as the Upright Citizens Brigade, another Close loyalist and student had gone Hollywood. Paul Vaillancourt saw he wasn’t the only improvOlympic alum in Los Angeles, and ... [Read More]
iO West in Hollywood to close Feb. 24, 2018
In the mid-1990s, as a handful of Del Close’s disciples moved to New York City to pursue their own show-business dreams as the Upright Citizens Brigade, another Close loyalist and student had gone Hollywood. Paul Vaillancourt saw he wasn’t the only improvOlympic alum in Los Angeles, and ... [Read More]
Episode #174: Heather Anne Campbell
Heather Anne Campbell is one of America’s great improvisers. She has studied under the legendary Del Close in Chicago, performed overseas with Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, appeared on MADtv, written for Saturday Night Live, and helped jumpstart FOX’s ADHD Animation Domination High-Definiti... [Read More]
Redford Is a Really Funny Sketch Group That’s (Gasp!) Not From UCB
It’s no secret that there are a lot of funny sketch groups outside of the also very funny UCB community but, because UCB is so incredibly prolific, that reality isn’t always given its due. For that reason, this week’s column is devoted to Redford, an LA-based main stage s... [Read More]
Redford Is a Really Funny Sketch Group That’s (Gasp!) Not From UCB
It’s no secret that there are a lot of funny sketch groups outside of the also very funny UCB community but, because UCB is so incredibly prolific, that reality isn’t always given its due. For that reason, this week’s column is devoted to Redford, an LA-based main stage s... [Read More]
Samantha Bee, iOWest give voice and take action to women in comedy against sexual harassment and assault
In case you missed it, the past couple of weeks have borne witness to some significant strides forward toward shining a light on the plight of women in comedy. Particularly when it comes to harassment and sexual abuse. First and foremost, Charna Halpern confirmed that she had fired an artistic ... [Read More]
Samantha Bee, iOWest give voice and take action to women in comedy against sexual harassment and assault
In case you missed it, the past couple of weeks have borne witness to some significant strides forward toward shining a light on the plight of women in comedy. Particularly when it comes to harassment and sexual abuse. First and foremost, Charna Halpern confirmed that she had fired an artistic ... [Read More]
On promoting diversity in improv comedy
When Viola Davis accepted her Emmy Award last night for Outstanding Lead Actress in a TV drama series, she said: "The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity. You can't win an Emmy for roles that are simply not there." Powerful, moving words. Even more so for comedia... [Read More]
RIP Jay Leggett (1963-2013)
Comedian, actor, writer and director Jay Leggett died suddenly over the weekend, collapsing after a hunting trip with family in his native Wisconsin. Leggett was 50. Leggett, born Aug. 9, 1963, grew up in Tomahawk, Wisc. (where he died), and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Stev... [Read More]
What It's Like to Be an Artistic Director at a Comedy Theater
by Elise Czajkowski Comedy is an industry, and for every performer on stage, there are hundreds of people working behind-the-scenes. These creative and business jobs, which exist in all disciplines and levels of comedy, collectively make up the comedy scene. In this column, we're looking a comedy jo... [Read More]