Scene Work and Strong Choices with Paul Brittain (SNL, I\O Chicago)

This workshop will focus on two-person scenes- the most important building block in longform improv. Students will work on playing real, believable characters and making emotion-based choices rather than relying on trying to invent jokey lines and crazy premises. By listening to what your scene partner is giving you and what your gut is telling you, the words and the scene choices will flow more organically. With this focus students can get out of their heads and do simpler, more satisfying scene work.

 

Bio: Paul Brittain is an actor, writer, comedian living in Los Angeles. He got his start doing long-form improv and sketch comedy in Chicago at the iO Theater and the Annoyance Theater. Paul was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2010 – 2012 where he performed such characters as “Sex” Ed Vincent, Goran “Funky Boy” Bogdan, and Lord Cecil Wyndemere and celebrity impressions including James Franco and Johnny Depp. Other tv credits include Trophy Wife, Hello Ladies, Kroll Show, Comedy Bang Bang, and Shrink. He has also appeared in the films Grown Ups 2, Hotel Transylvania, and Hotel Transylvania 2, and the recent action comedy Killing Gunther. Paul’s podcast “Mr. Write” can be heard on Howl.Fm and Stitcher Premium.

 

 

When: 12-2pm, Saturday 7/21/18
Cost: $50
Limit: 12 students




 


Beyond the First Beat with Frank Caeti

*recommended for students with some long form experience

You have just performed the first couple scenes of your long form, now what? This class will focus on using scenes you have performed early in any long form structure to inspire new scenes and make strong connections. Students will learn techniques that go beyond just following plot and heighten the ideas you originally explored. Time-dash, analogous situation, theme, pattern recognition, character, location, game of scene, and following the fun – are all worthwhile threads to pursue for the second beat and beyond.

Frank Caeti is a native of the Chicago suburbs and currently lives in Los Angeles. Frank toured for The Second City in the National Touring Company and performed in the resident company in Las Vegas, as well wrote and performed two revues for Chicago’s e.t.c. stage. He was an ensemble member and contributing writer on the FOX show MADtv. Other tv credits include: Modern Family, Key and Peele, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Adam Ruins Everything, The Hot Wives of Orlando, Reno 911, NCIS, and over three dozen commercials. He currently writes for the Cartoon Network/Boomerang series New Looney Tunes. Regional Theater credits: Kennedy Center, Goodman Theatre, Kirk Douglas Theatre (CTG LA), La Jolla Playhouse, Laguna Playhouse, and Dallas Theater Center. Frank studied improvisation at Second City Chicago, iO, and Upright Citizens Brigade. He is one half of the critically acclaimed sketch/improv duo FrankenMatt. He has performed on house Harold teams at UCB, iO, and iO West. He has directed shows at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC, The Second City in Chicago, and UCB and Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles including #Date Me, the silent one man show Ithamar Has Nothing To Say, and holiday spectacular Twist Your Dickens. Frank co-wrote the web series Ithamar Has Nothing To Say, which is currently being developed into a television show with Sacha Baron Cohen’s production company Four by Two Films.

 

When: 12-3pm, Saturday 4/28/18
Cost: $50
Limit: 12 students