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Enter Laughing: Improv Comedy's Alive And Well At ImprovBoston

Michael Levin | Posted 01.17.2017 | Comedy
Michael Levin

A couple of suggestions from the audience... no props... and you're off and running. Improvisational comedy has been around for decades, and its popularity shows no sign of declining.

Innovation and Cognitive Biases: An Interview with Beth Storz

Phil Simon | Posted 01.17.2017 | Business
Phil Simon

I've long been a student of cognitive biases, a topic that I discovered as an undergraduate. It turns out that we're not nearly as good at making deci...

Watch: Interview with the cast of "Don't Think Twice"

Zorianna Kit | Posted 12.08.2016 | Entertainment
Zorianna Kit

Mike Birbiglia's feature film Don't Think Twice earned a Best Comedy Feature Film nomination from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The group's ...

5 Ways Improv Is Helping My Freshman Survive College

The Second City | Posted 09.07.2016 | Fifty
The Second City

Last week, my wife and I joined a new demographic: parents who’ve sent their child off to college for the first time. Our son Nick joined the class ...

'Don't Think Twice' Producer on Making a Splash With an Indie

Gina Hall | Posted 08.15.2016 | Los Angeles
Gina Hall

How do you get people to put down their phones and go to a movie theater? Producer Miranda Bailey has been wrestling with that question for some time and has some answers for emerging producers.

Don't Miss These 'Brooklyn Comedy Festival' Acts

Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 08.15.2016 | Comedy
Courtney M. Soliday

Brooklyn Comedy Festival begins Sunday, August 21st at 9pm, concluding Sunday, August 28th with a Super Mario sendoff (90's Sunday Wrap Party). This ...

Ira Glass And Mike Birbiglia Chat Comedy, Jealousy, And More

The Huffington Post | Allison Bresnick | Posted 08.09.2016 | HuffPost Live 321

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Please Don't Take My Funny

Kevin Swan | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Kevin Swan

The list of elements of daily living that ALS tenaciously takes away is never-ending. There's the big stuff like walking or use of your arms, the dete...

The Chris Gethard Show Brings Alternative Fun To Television

Philip Louie | Posted 04.18.2016 | Entertainment
Philip Louie

The Chris Gethard Show is a relatively new comedy variety show that's been on the air for one full season on the cable channel, Fusion. Before that i...

Chicago's 'Improv Nerd' Wasn't Prepared for Grief

Tammy Letherer | Posted 04.18.2016 | Fifty
Tammy Letherer

Some of my feelings don't come up as easily. They are trapped deep down there, like those coal miners from Chile who were waiting to be rescued.

'Vacation Jason' of 'The Chris Gethard Show' Drops New Single, Banana Peels at AOL

Courtney M. Soliday | Posted 04.17.2016 | Comedy
Courtney M. Soliday

UPDATED at 3PM with official lyrics, courtesy of VACATION JASON himself! Totally NORMAL 🤘🏻 Watch @ChrisGethard, @MurfMeyer, @Bluvband & @Vacat...

How Improvising Fatherhood Made Me A Better Dad

Nate B. Smith | Posted 04.08.2016 | Parents
Nate B. Smith

A very important part of improv is listening. I was reminded of this a while ago when my second child was only two years old. He was being fussy while I was changing his diaper. I asked him, “Is it hard being a little kid sometimes?” He said, “Yeah.” I asked, “What’s hard about being a little kid?” What he said stopped me in my tracks.

Another Kind of 'Return' by Dr. Hankus Netsky

New England Conservatory | Posted 03.22.2016 | Arts
New England Conservatory

The era of "embarrassment" over Jewish "ghetto culture" is long over. A major effort is needed to go beyond one-week workshops and find a way to provide substantial support for offerings in traditional Jewish music and culture at all levels of Jewish and general education...and, if not now, when?

Melissa Rauch Explains Why There's Not Much Improv On 'Big Bang'

The Huffington Post | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 03.18.2016 | Entertainment

Since its debut nine seasons ago, "The Big Bang Theory" has made a name for itself with its quick-witted scientific dialogue and the hilariously awkwa...

Happiness at Work: The Proven Science of How to Enjoy Your Job

Laura Berger | Posted 03.04.2016 | Business
Laura Berger

In True Grit, Grace, and Gratitude, I used the term "happy hour" as a constructive and necessary analogy, but I do have a good bit of aversion toward ...

In Defense of the Offensive

Matt Ott | Posted 03.02.2016 | Comedy
Matt Ott

Viewers, readers, consumers, friends, family and, yes, even myself sometimes, listen up. Breathe. Your anger and stress from being offended is destroying you from the inside. Why are we holding their offensive jokes to a higher level of scrutiny than the issues they're bringing to light?

Being Good At Improv Comedy Prepares You To Be Good At Creating Online Branded Content

Advertising Week | Posted 02.23.2017 | Business
Advertising Week

By Terry Withers, Head of Sales at the Upright Citizens Brigade Here's an interesting thing I've come to believe: Being good at improv comedy prep...

Everyday Struggles Of The Straight White Male Improv Comedian No One Talks About

Timothy Dunn | Posted 02.10.2017 | Comedy
Timothy Dunn

Bad things have happened to me in improv? Uhhh...

Asian Women Take On White Male Privilege In Role-Reversing Video

The Huffington Post | Jenavieve Hatch | Posted 02.08.2016 | Women

YouTube star Anna Akana just took the subtle sexism and racism women of color face in the comedy world, and turned it on its head in a three-minute vi...

Leave Perfection to Those with Little Imagination

Kyrié Sue Carpenter | Posted 02.01.2017 | Fifty
Kyrié Sue Carpenter

(City Landscape by Heidi Parkes) The kettle whistles; a vibrant green powder dissolves into the steaming water, swirling until uniform. The ...

Quiz: Are You The Improv Class A**hole?

Elizabeth Logan | Posted 01.26.2017 | Comedy
Elizabeth Logan

Every improv class has one. Is it you? Find out now before your symptoms grow worse!

'Undateable Live' Is NBC's Freshest Live Show

Beth Bartlett | Posted 10.27.2016 | Entertainment
Beth Bartlett

With its innovative style, Undateable Live brings back the thrill of live television and everyone seems to have a blast while doing it. If you're without a date on Friday nights, it's good to know there's at least one group who's glad to have you.

Top 15 Most Iconic Movie Moments That Weren't in the Script

ScreenCraft | Posted 10.01.2016 | Entertainment
ScreenCraft

Right before Han Solo is encased in carbonite, Leia says, "I love you." Han Solo's scripted reply was "I love you, too," but after numerous takes, Harrison Ford and director Irvin Kirschner felt the line just wasn't working.

Boston Comic Dana J. Bein on His First Comedy Albums and Why They Still Count

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 09.25.2016 | Comedy
Sheila Moeschen

Like any other comedian, Boston-based stand-up comic Dana J. Bein is ruled by "the hustle." Comedy's DYI culture makes it easier than ever to create and share content. There is no reason to wait -- for agents or network deals.

Doing Something: Life Lessons From a Month of Improv

Jen Olenizcak | Posted 08.10.2016 | Good News
Jen Olenizcak

Risk on stage almost always causes something to happen. The reason people make a big choice is usually because they can feel the scene stalling and people losing interest. I'm known for saying 'drop a bomb!' to my students. Make a big choice, reveal something, discover something. Do something.