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

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.'

As an improviser he was a member of Chicago's 'The Family'and is forever a member of 'Asssscat' the UCB Theatre's long-running flagship improv show. In 1996 the UCB moved to NYC and produced their sketch show 'Upright Citizens Brigade' for three seasons (1998 - 2000) on Comedy Central. In fall of 2005 the UCB premiered their improv show 'Asssscat: Improv' on Bravo. 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 

Besser has guest starred is such sitcoms as 'Modern Family', 'Parks & Recreation', 'Children's Hospital'; 'The 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'. Matt Besser has most recently worked on improv4humans, a weekly improvised comedy podcast on Earwolf.

Besser Breaks the Record standup special coming soon!

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