Improv Classes

Advanced Scene Work with Todd Boring

Solid, consistent scenes are the bedrock of an improvised show, and one of the most fickle and difficult skills to master.  I’m still sharpening my skills, and I’ve been improvising for a decade! In this class we chase the tail of the scene work whale by: Building grounded characters that lure the audience into your scene, Raising the stakes to set the hook Reeling… Read more →

Kevin McDonald

Bummed about missing Kevin McDonald

I was up in Chicago last weekend geeking out in Improv Mecca when CSz Houston left me a voice message saying that Kevin McDonald’s workshop this weekend in Houston (July 26) had been canceled.  Initially I was relieved to have my money back.  With all the great craft brews in Chicago, I was drinking through money like it was water.… Read more →

jimmy-chairs

The Art of Slow Comedy Intensive

If you aren’t a follower of the Improv Nerd podcast, I highly recommend it.  Jimmy Carrane has been improvising since God was a boy, and his podcast is always interesting and insightful. Sunday morning I woke up and caught the 9:30am train into the city, hoping to get a spot in Jimmy Carrane’s Art of Slow Comedy Intensive.  I tried to… Read more →

iO Chicago on Clark

HIF – Chicago Closing out iO on Clark

Last night after seeing some shows and having a few beers at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, I went to the iO closing party. The Blake Shelton concert had ended, but North Clark was still buzzing like a bees nest in July. The line to get in was stretched south all the way down the block. I ran into Chris Fair of… Read more →

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

HIF – Chicago day three

After three days in Chicago, my first time to actually see some improv was Friday night.  Day two was spend hanging out riding bicycles in the glorious Chicago July weather with my brother-in-law and having some excellent beers and food at Emmetts on Thursday night.  Nothing HIF blog-worthy, though Emmett’s Imerial Pilsner was definitely the most flavorful Pils I’ve ever… Read more →

Chicago

HIF – Chicago day one

This week I’m up in Chicago doing some recon for the festival next year.  Flew in to Midway yesterday evening and after some confusion over a mix up around airports (my in-laws thought I was flying into O’Hare), my brother-in-law and I headed into town to grab a few beers and see if I could slip into the TJ and… Read more →

Jimmy Carrane

Performance Shame

I’ve recently become a big fan of the “Improv Nerd” podcast.  If you are an improvisational theater fan, or a performer I’d highly recommend you check it out. Jimmy Carrane is the host of the podcast and he recently posted the linked blog post on performance shame.  This is something I think we all struggle with as performers – we… Read more →

Houston Improv Festival

What do I do until the next Festival in 2015?!?

The Houston Improv Festival showcases a ton of great improvised comedy, but hey, that’s only one weekend a year.  Well there are several great improv comedy theaters in town where you can get your fix. Beta Theater: Beta plays host to stand-up, sketch and improvised comedy acts from Houston and beyond.  The group was founded by Jeromy Barber and holds performances… Read more →

Todd Boring

Todd Boring – Improv Nerd in Chief

Todd caught the improv bug in 1985 while playing a rabid pig in an improvised scene in his drama class.  He did sketch comedy through college in the early 90s and was influenced by Keith Johnstone’s book Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre while coaching a drama club overseas in Malaysia. While working for the AD Players in the late 90s, he co-founded Mission Improv, a… Read more →

Jessica Brown

Jessica Brown – Marketing Diva

Jessica Brown was born in Houston, Texas on January 1, 1973. Yes, she is a New Year’s baby. No, she did not get any prizes for being the first born. She held out until the 3rd quarter of the Rose Bowl. In fact, she held out more than a month to keep her parents from getting their 1972 tax credit.… Read more →