Special Guest Workshops

We work with some of the best teachers in the world to bring interesting and unique workshops from some of improv’s top minds. Previous teachers include Neil Casey, Anthony Atamanuik, Shannon O’Neill, Will Hines, Kevin Hines, Ari Voukydis, Betsy Stover, Drew DiFonzo Marks, Heather Anne Campbell, Connor Ratliff, Michael Delaney, Billy Merritt, Chelsea Clarke, Brandon Gardner, Dyna Moe, Anthony Apruzzese and more!

Current workshop details

Josh Covitt

Josh Covitt from UCB LA

Creative Pulls
Saturday 17 June 11am-2pm £30
No, “creative pulling” isn’t just what happens when you don’t want to go home alone on a Saturday night… It’s being able to consistently explore every way to use a premise from a monologue or an opening. Learn creative methods to finds premises in the moments before, aftermaths, analogous situations, and more! Learn how to distill what you enjoy into a premise and stop getting stuck wondering “how” to initiate that scene.
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Patient Play
Sunday 18 June 11am-2pm £30
Learn to trust in the basic building blocks of improv, your scene partner and, most importantly, yourself, as you gain confidence in playing patiently. Find the balance between playing too fast and loose, and playing too slow or overly-realistic. With a focus on listening, checking in, and using what you already know, this workshop will help you improvise in a grounded, patient way, while still finding the fun. Learn how to stop worrying about what’s going to happen next, and start getting comfortable in your own comedic skin.
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Josh Covitt has been studying and performing at the UCB theatre since 2006 and currently performs every Tuesday night with Outside Dog in “Outside Dog Gets One Star”.
He’s so proud to call UCB his home-stage and is pleased as punch every time he gets to perform there. Other UCB credits include: The Ruckus (Harold Team), Kirkland’s Signature (Maude Team), The Attack!, Shovitt, Hubble Telescope, Sketch Cram, Under the Influence, Tricia & Johanna’s Lady Parts, Quick and Funny Musicals, Glum!, Dirtiest Sketch in LA, and The UCB Variety Hour.
In 2010 Josh was a performer in IO West’s “The Ultimate X-ecution: The Search for LA’s Best Improviser.” Josh was voted the winner of the competition after 16 weeks, becoming the third UCB performer to win it after Heather Anne Campbell and Dave Theune.
Josh also co-founded the sketch group, The Attack!, who’s videos have been featured on the front pages of YouTube, CNN.com, The Huffington Post, UCBComedy, Funny or Die, Crackle and Break. His work in viral comedy videos has amassed over 150 million views collectively, including the hits “Talk to Kids PSA,” “Clumsy Best Man Ruins Wedding,” “Undercover Karaoke With Jewel,” and “Ryan Gosling Stole My Best Friend.”
Outside of sketch comedy and improv Josh has appeared in dozens of commercials, many of which where he plays a dumb husband or boyfriend. Although he did once play a heroic FedEx delivery guy who was stuck in an action movie… but he’s usually a dumb husband.

The Naked Comedy Weekend Intensive with Deanna Fleysher

BE MORE THAN FUNNY. BE LOVED.

July 29 – July 30
10 AM to 5 PM
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So you’re funny… but are they on the edge of their seats, breathless to see what you’ll do next? They could be. You just need to get naked.

Naked Comedy will demand your heart, your guts, and all your fluids. We want to see how funny you can be without thinking or trying. Through play, we will explore your unique connection to the audience, the bravery required to be vulnerable, and the gratification that comes with letting go. Expose yourself (metaphorically speaking!) and make people laugh.

In this weekend intensive, expect the following!
A deeper connection to and understanding of the audience.
Discovery and exploration of your “sweet spots”: unique ways that you move/be (emotional/physical states) that the audience especially enjoys.
More understanding of what “stage presence” means for you, and how to really harness your performative power.
The beginnings of new characters and sketches.
More wildness, more bravery, more vulnerability.
Laughing a lot.

This workshop is ideal for improvisers, clowns/bouffons, stand-up comedians, actors, and anyone who wants to be more funny or comfortable in front of others than they currently are.

What Participants Have Said:

Deanna is like a sculptor. She molds your talents, quirks and insecurities
into a character you can play through.
Estela G.

Deanna creates an incredible environment of trust and honesty which
allows you to really go there, to the depths, the weird, dark and zany
places. She has a great eye and won’t let you hide or foster old patterns.
Sometimes I feel like I’m a child in front of my siblings, free to go wild.
Krista H.

Deanna is uncanny at drawing genuineness and comedy out of every
single person.
Andy C.

Deanna Fleysher’s workshop focuses a powerful lens
on the performer’s inner and outer world, the audience’s emotional
response, and the strange, often unspoken interplay between them.
She is a tough, smart, inspiring teacher.
Alex B.

I thought it would be fun. It turned out to be profound.
Content K.

DEANNA FLEYSHER is a comedy artist, teacher and director. Inspired by clown, bouffon, improv and physical theater, she cultivates comedy that is interactive and brave. She currently tours with her award-winning solo show Butt Kapinski, and teaches workshops around the world. She is also the director/co-writer of several touring shows, including Red Bastard, Frank: To Be Frank, and Wyndy Wynazz is Rich&Famous. She leads the ongoing Naked Comedy Lab in the Pacific Northwest. For more info, visit www.buttkapinski.com, and please check out her blog at nakedcomedy.blogspot.com.

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