Get to Know Glass Shark

  Word on the street is that new kids on the block – Glass Shark – had a bunch of hits, but what did they do prior to going platinum? Read on for what some call quick tidbits, others vital knowledge, and few the hottest takes about each of the players!     BEN “Once I was… Continue reading

Spotlight: Kaitlin Brennan

  When it comes truth in comedy, you’d be hard pressed to find someone more honest than Kaitlin Brennan. On stage, she is great at saying the very thing the audience was thinking, but afraid no one would address. In her real life, Kaitlin has a way of telling you what you need to hear,… Continue reading

Spotlight: Trish Berrong

  To even start talking about the things Trish Berrong has done for the Kansas City improv community seems like a long and daunting task that will still fall short – but let’s try to do a brief summary! She founded The Lighten Up Improv Co. in the 90s, which put on a festival that… Continue reading

Spotlight: Keith Curtis

  Someone like Keith Curtis is rare. He’s been performing and coaching for almost two decades, and yet, even with all that experience and knowledge, he is the type of guy who will check out a Level 1 improv class for fresh perspective (which he is currently doing at ISKC). He’s shared the stage with… Continue reading

Kanye Tweets That Are Also Good Improv Advice

Originally Posted on yeslabyrinth.tumblr.com // Author: Bobby McCosky Try to avoid any contractual situation where you are held back from your ideas. — KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) See. Even Kanye knows that your transaction scene isn’t about the amount of money you’re paying for this dildo, it’s about the people in the scene. Distraction is the enemy… Continue reading

Graduate Spotlight: Grant Cawley

  Do you know upcoming grad Grant Cawley? If not, you should. Read on – and say hi next time you see him around the shop!   How’d you hear about The Improv Shop and what made you decide to get involved? I first heard about The Improv Shop when I started to get involved… Continue reading

Improviser Spotlight: Adam Hoelscher

  Adam Hoelscher has been a staple of the improv community in Kansas City since before we can remember. If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to take a class with him, his passion and his energy is infectious. He cares about making people care about improv and holding it to as high a standard as other… Continue reading

It Depends: The Suggestion

Welcome to It Depends, an ongoing series where Ben examines two competing sides of an improv concept. There is no championship belt at the end – just the joy of learning. // Author: Ben Noble An improv show cannot start without addressing the audience suggestion. Whether that means an expertly crafted solicitation (like asking for… Continue reading

Graduate Spotlight: Larry Claudin

  It’s time you got to know recent grad Larry Claudin! We fancy him a heck of a lot and think you will, too.   How’d you hear about the shop? I was standing outside of the St. Louis Film Festival’s “Comedy Shorts 2” at the Tivoli to smoke a cigarette. Myself and this other… Continue reading

Coming Back From A Hiatus: Part 2

For Veterans Returning Home or Moving Away // Author: Bobby McCosky In my previous post, I dove pretty deep into how to get back into improv if you have been away for a while, and have a few years experience under your belt. Today, I want to focus on what to do if you have lots… Continue reading

Coming Back From A Hiatus: Part 1

For Improvisers with Less Than 3 Years Experience  // Author: Bobby McCosky Improv can be mentally draining. If you are a steward of it, you feel obligated to read every book and blog you can. You are probably listening to about ten podcasts about improv or that are improvised. On top of it all, there… Continue reading