Academy Workshop Saturday 12pm - 3pm

Academy Workshop: Special workshop for Academy Students.

Prerequisites Must be an accepted Academy student to register
Scheduled Saturday 12pm - 3pm
Start Date Dec 8, 2018, 12:00pm
Price $20
Class Size 99 students
Sessions 1 session, 3 hours
This is a special workshop for Academy students.
Premise Improv
I will work on getting the most out of your opening with a premium on
starting scenes with premises taken from the opening. In my class we do
a lot of analyzing of the opening and pitching what the first line of a
scene could be. Stage time will not be as important as participation in
this exercise of making premises. That’s where everyone will get
involved as my workshop is a lecture meets the writers room.


Class meets at UCB Inner Sanctum

There are no refunds available for this class.

Matt Besser, teacher

Matt Besser

Raised a proud Razorback in Little Rock, Arkansas, Matt Besser
attended Amherst College where he learned how to collect CDs. After
graduating, Matt toured the Midwest doing stand-up, while taking
improvisation direction from Del Close at Chicago’s Improv Olympic
Theater. In Chicago in 1991, he was a founding member of the sketch
group Upright Citizens Brigade, and with them he has performed and
written such stage shows as “Saigon Suicide Squad” winner of Best Sketch
at 1996 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Besser’s stand up albums
include: “May I Help You Dumbass?” , and “Woo Pig Sooie!”, and “The 6
Most Important Sets in the History of Standup”, and “Besser Breaks the
Record” which was also filmed as a special for Seeso. As an improviser
he was a member of Chicago’s “The Family” and is forever a member of
“Asssscat” the UCB Theater’s long-running flagship improv show.

In
1996 the UCB moved to NYC and produced their sketch show “Upright
Citizens Brigade” for three seasons (’98 – 2000) on Comedy Central. In
fall of 2005 the UCB premiered their improv show “Asssscat: Improv” on
Bravo. In 2008, another Assscat special was filmed at the UCB Theater in
LA and premiered on Comedy Central.

With the
success of their tv shows, the UCB opened their own comedy theater and
improv school which operates two theaters in NYC, and two in LA.
After
the UCB tv show , Matt teamed up with Method Man & Redman to create
and perform in a hidden camera show on MTV called “Stung”. He was
creator and star of “Crossballs” which ran 23 episodes on Comedy
Central; “This Show Will Get You High” on Comedy Central; and also
created and starred in “The Very Funny Show” for TBS.com. Besser has
guest starred is such sitcoms as “Parks & Recreation”, “Modern
Family”, “New Girl”, “Children’s Hospital”; “Bernie Mac Show”,
“Frasier”, “The Millers”; “Drunk History”, “Comedy Bang Bang”, and
featured in the movies: “Freak Dance”, “Year One”, “Walk Hard: the Dewey
Cox Story”, “Drill Bit Taylor”; “The TV Set”, “Bad Teacher”, “Wild
Girls Gone”, Sundance Film Festival favorite “Junebug”; and co-star of
zombie western “Wanted: Undead or Alive”.
Along with Ian Roberts and
Matt Walsh, he is the author of “The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy
Improvisation Manual”. He wrote & co-directed the film musical
“Freak Dance”.
Matt Besser has most recently worked on…

Recently Released
Stolen Idea: a Punk Rock Musical – a limited series podcast release on Stitcher Premium about comedians and musicians who steal ideas.

My Dead Wife, the Robot Car
– a limited series podcast release on Stitcher Premium about a robot
car tester whose dead wife becomes the operating system for his car.


Continuously In Production
improv4humans with Matt Besser on Earwolf – comedy podcast with the best improvisers in the universe
featuring such segments as Crap-On-Youtube, Case Closed, What The Hell
Is Going On, and collaborations with music guests.


Professor Besser – monthly Patreon podcast breaking down comedy theory.

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