Harrisburg Improv Theatre

Harrisburg's home for long-form improvisational comedy

We are a performing arts theater offering weekly long-form improvisational comedy shows. Based on a one-word suggestion from the audience, a hilarious and unrehearsed masterpiece will appear right before your eyes.

**WE ARE BYOB!!!** Bring your favorite beverage and enjoy some great comedy!

We offer improv classes for kids and adults.

The HIT is open Fridays 8-11pm and Saturdays 7-11pm. Shows are $5 per show or $10 for the entire night.

Check our calendar for more info!

Why So Serious? A Class in Dramatic Improv, Mondays, 7-10pm, June 4-25, 2018

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Why So Serious? A Class in Dramatic Improv, Mondays, 7-10pm, June 4-25, 2018


Instructor: Jennie Adams

Prerequisite: Level 2

Sometimes when we are performing improv, we get preoccupied with being funny--is this scene funny? Is my character funny? Is my scene partner funny? What is the funny thing I'm going to do next? All of this can put us in that dreaded dead-end place inside our heads and prevent us from our more important goals: active listening and playful yes and-ing.

This 4 week class will focus on removing the funny from the equation. Students will be given challenging (invented) serious scenarios that they will play out by making human connections, living in the moment, reacting honestly, and listening carefully. By practicing these skills, improvisers will discover that funny is never forced and should not be overthought--rather, the humor evolves organically from honest relationships.

Jennie's performance training began with two years' worth of classes in dramatic improv, so she didn't know improv was even supposed to be funny until about 2006.

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