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Gendering Improv

Lucas Waldron | Posted 07.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Lucas Waldron

Before transitioning, improv was comforting. As the world started to perceive me as male, doing improv provoked acute self-awareness.

Here's What You Missed If You Weren't At The 16th Annual Del Close Improv Comedy Marathon

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 07.07.2014 | Comedy

The Del Close Marathon is a weekend long, non-stop improvised comedy festival featuring hundreds of performers in eight different theaters across New ...

Gollum Talking With Caesar Is The One Crossover To Rule Them All

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 06.26.2014 | Comedy

This is the one crossover to rule them all. Actor Andy Serkis is the master of motion capture acting, bringing characters to life like no one else ...

Laughing and Learning in Rwanda

Blair Forlaw | Posted 06.23.2014 | Good News
Blair Forlaw

Here's a good story about 12 young Rwandans, born in a terrible time of violence and genocide, who are playing very positive roles in their country's growing hospitality sector. It's a funny story, too.

Tyler McCarthy

Zach Woods Talks 'Silicon Valley,' Improv And Working With His Comedy Hero

HuffingtonPost.com | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 06.23.2014 | Comedy

Zach Woods says his improvisation skills have come in handy for his role on HBO's new hit comedy "Silicon Valley." “If I’m doing comedy, I try...

How an Improv Class Made Me a Better Mom

Wendi Aarons | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Wendi Aarons

For three hours each week, I wasn't a stressed out, suburban mother. I was whoever I decided to be.

Paul Reiser On His Return to Stand-Up: "After 30 Years, Nothing Really Has Changed"

Julie Seabaugh | Posted 07.08.2014 | Comedy
Julie Seabaugh

Though Paul Reiser enjoyed mainstream success with sitcoms My Two Dads and Mad About You and films Diner, Aliens and Beverly Hills Cop I and II, the native New Yorker never forgot his stand-up roots.

Improv(ing) on the Autism Spectrum

Jen Olenizcak | Posted 07.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Jen Olenizcak

Over the course of two weeks, six students on the autism spectrum and their families took a one-hour improv class. The results were incredible. While there were many individual successes, the areas of empathy, eye contact and imaginative play saw notable improvements through the whole group.

Yes, and You're Leaving: Why Some of Stephen Colbert's Biggest Fans Still Aren't Celebrating (Yet)

Sharilyn Johnson | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment
Sharilyn Johnson

When December comes, and his character makes his final ego-fueled jog across the stage to the interview table, he will be sweeping our scene. As for the next one, we assume we'll be just be watching it from the audience.

Dear Denver, I Am Looking to Start a New Hobby This Year... What Are My Options?

Deborah Lastowka | Posted 05.10.2014 | Denver
Deborah Lastowka

Whether you're into media production, screen printing, a foreign language, improv, crafting, cooking -- or more specifically, knife skills -- Denver has got the goods to help you continue evolving and meet some new peeps.

Cuddling With Carlin: A Midterm Assessment

Carlin Adelson | Posted 04.27.2014 | Comedy
Carlin Adelson

Twelve weeks into my webseries and I have to admit: I am completely and totally shocked that I haven't risen to the YouTube superstardom I just assumed would be gifted to me after the first five minutes of my cuddling search aired. Also, I still don't have a boyfriend. Whaaaaaat?!

An Improviser's Guide to Valentine's Day

The Second City Network | Posted 04.15.2014 | Comedy
The Second City Network

Now that I'm a big-time expert on love, I feel compelled to share a Valentine's Day guide for improvisers spending this commercialized, exclusionary holiday together.

Midnight Cowgirls

Helen Eisenbach | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts
Helen Eisenbach

"We understand any movie about lesbian hookers to be universal, whether or not you've actually seen one," says director Madeleine Olnek. She's temp...

'House Of Lies' Improv Shows The Goofy Side of Kristen Bell And The Cast

Posted 12.30.2013 | TV

Want to see the "House of Lies" cast perform improv together? Of course you do. You may know Ben Schwartz from "Parks and Recreation" and Showt...

When Oversleeping Before a Big Keynote Presention Is the Perfect Thing to Do

Mitch Ditkoff | Posted 02.08.2014 | Business
Mitch Ditkoff

Two minutes. That is not a lot of time to shower, shave, answer nature's call, meditate, dress, review a stack of yellow-highlighted note cards, and descend 12 flights to Ballroom "A."

Why Improv Comedy Will Give You the Best Mindset for Life

Ai Vuong | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ai Vuong

Improvisation comedy will teach you to improv life. Life is rough sometimes with these walls and barriers and judgments we've set for ourselves. Improvisation takes you to new adventures.

Everything I Need For My Job, I Learned From Improv

Erin Daruszka | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Erin Daruszka

I have two degrees in Communication and consider myself a good communicator as well as listener, but improv helped me to deepen those skills. I am a typical type-A personality who finds it hard to relax. Improv helped me learn to be present and being present helps you be better listener, because one of the fundamentals of improv is making your partner look good.

The Truth About Color, Comedy and The Second City

The Second City Network | Posted 01.23.2014 | Comedy
The Second City Network

The Second City was serious when it came to diversity, as I learned early on, and it came from the top down. Every person of color that has performed on a Second City stage has been instrumental in helping another person of color.

7 Things I Learned Being a Woman in Improv

The Second City Network | Posted 12.17.2013 | Comedy
The Second City Network

Everyone's been there. You walk into a scene thinking that you're going to be the head of the UN, talking some serious sense into this business in Syria, and whatdya know? Some DUDE opens the scene with: "Hey, honey?"

A Jock in Hollywood: The Canyon

Tony Cavalero | Posted 10.10.2013 | Comedy
Tony Cavalero

I need to blow off some steam and where better to head than to LA's hottest FREE hotspot, Runyon Canyon? It's LA's equivalent to Everest's base camp: a smorgasbord of dogs, celebs, trannies, sweaty shirtless bods, gangsters, strollers, and every cliché LA has to offer.

This Will Make Your Day

Posted 10.02.2013 | Comedy

This week on ImprovEverywhere's "Movies In Real Life" the gang tackled an iconic scene from "Rocky." Traveling to Philadelphia, the IE team flawlessl...

6 Things Not to Say to an Improviser

The Second City Network | Posted 11.06.2013 | Comedy
The Second City Network

"Tell me a joke..." Are you a landscaper? Do I ask you to cut a bush for me real quick? Are you an investment banker? Do I tell you to "Go suck the lifeblood out of the working class in this country?" I don't think so, so stop it.

WATCH: You've Never Seen A Western Like Hulu's 'Quick Draw'

The Huffington Post | Laura Prudom | Posted 08.23.2013 | TV

Hot on the heels of Netflix, Hulu is finally branching out into original series in addition to their vast array of acquisitions, with a number of uniq...

How Improv Can Improve Your Teaching

Jen Olenizcak | Posted 10.21.2013 | Arts
Jen Olenizcak

A lot of improv is terrible, even onstage with trained improvisers. But what makes it interesting, hilarious and endearing is the wholehearted attitude towards failure that good improvisers possess. Failure happens - it's imperative to learning. On the heels if the NYC-DOE test scores, we need to remember that more than ever.

Why You Want To Generate Bad Ideas

Andrew Rossi | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Andrew Rossi

There are plenty of bad ideas out there. But here's the thing: the bad ideas might just get you further than the good ones.