Exploring Improv is a podcast for improv and comedy nerds, by improv and comedy nerds.
Each episode, host Andy Barrett asks an accomplished improviser to join him for a chat about improv theory, and their lives as improvisers.
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- Exploring Improv Ep. 07: Tezz Yancey
Today’s guest is Tezz Yancey. Tezz is a Los Angeles based Improviser, actor, singer, dancer, musician, writer, producer and director with over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. He made his Broadway debut at age 14, headlined his own shows in Las Vegas, produced multiple recording and film score projects and is a working Film and television actor in Hollywood. He trained at the Boston conservatory and Berklee in musical theater and production and has traveled the world teaching master classes and workshops.
In this episode we talk about diverging paths in scenes, being present as both a player and a teacher, bringing your unique voice, and much more.
- Exploring Improv Ep. 06: Michelle Gilliam
Today’s guest is Michelle Gilliam. Michelle is an improviser, coach, and teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she is the owner and artistic director of Improv MKE. She is also a pillar of the global online improv community, where she runs jams and teaches classes with both Improv MKE and Will Hines’ World’s Greatest Improv School.
In this episode we discuss many improv topics including being real humans on stage, making your partner break, and short form versus longform improv. Michelle also offers advice on how to not otherize our partners, avoid stereotypes, play to the top of your intelligence, and to say no when you need to.
- Exploring Improv Ep. 05: Francisco Antillón
Today’s guest is Francisco Antillón. Francisco is an improviser, coach, and teacher at the Assembly Mexico in Mexico City. He is also host of a wonderfully succinct and informative podcast called “Long Form Short Pod”, and author of the book “Long Form Short Book”.
In this episode we discuss character point of view, deep dive on justifying unusual behaviors, swap pet improv theories, talk about the comedy scene in Mexico City, and much more.
- Exploring Improv Ep. 04: Kimberly Alu
In this episode of Exploring Improv, I speak with Kimberly Alu. Kimberly is an improviser and teacher in New York City. She is active at the People’s Improv Theater (PIT) where she is an instructor and performer. She also performs improv at the Armory, and is one of the founders of Socially Distant Improv on Instagram. This is in addition to an impressive list of screen and stage credits.
Kimberly and I talk about leading with empathy and vulnerability, finding comedy in the relationship, handling big characters, online improv, and more.
- Exploring Improv Ep. 03: Bill Arnett
In this episode of Exploring Improv, host Andy Barrett speaks with Bill Arnett. Bill is an internationally renowned teacher, former head of the iO Chicago Training Center, founder of the Chicago Improv Studio, and author of the book The Complete Improviser. In this episode, Bill talks about being aware of improv styles, playing realistically, how “who, what, and where” is not enough, the future of improv, and much more.
- Exploring Improv Ep. 02: Bobby McCosky
In this episode of Exploring Improv, host Andy Barrett speaks with Bobby McCosky. Bobby is an improviser in Kansas City Missouri, and the branch manager of The Improv Shop Kansas City. He is a former ensemble member of the KC Improv Company, where he was also a teacher and director of their training center. He’s also the author of the improv blog “yeslabrynth” on Tumblr.
- Exploring Improv Ep. 01: Brian James O’Connell
In the very first episode of Exploring Improv, host Andy Barrett speaks with the renowned and multi-talented Brian James O’Connell (aka “BOC”). BOC is a Co-Founder of The Pack Theater in Los Angeles, an actor, writer and director who (among many other things) co-created the TV series “Hell Den” and directed the film “Bloodsucking Bastards”