Improv: Masterclass | November 7 | Chris Griggs
About the class
You have studied improv, performed a lot and now over 8 weeks we are going to look under the hood to take it to the next level. We will uncover your core strengths and discuss your voice as a performer. We will also look at how you fit in a group dynamic. Individually, we will examine where each player can best contribute (the pirate, the robot and the ninja) and how they can best serve their team.
Here are some specific things we’ll cover over the 8 weeks:
- Various forms and you play in different show styles
- Emphasis on things we don’t work on (object work, active listening, remembering patterns)
- Writing your own improv mission statement (what kind of performer do you want to be)
- Strengths and weaknesses of your team play and as an individual (real and perceived)
- Find the role of each show (protagonist, villain, the clown/comic relief, ingenue, sage, etc.)
- Finding core agreement (for both the scene and serving the tone of each show)
- Knowing when to be selfish and unselfish in a show (How to play both)
- Being an improviser versus being an artist
Chris was a regular host for TV Land’s “Prime Movies” and has made appearances on NBC’s “Blacklist”, Bravo, IFC, E Television, Hulu, Netflix, Starz and The Discovery Channel. He also was selected to represent New York on the TV show “World Cup Comedy” produced by Kelsey Grammar.
Chris has been featured in the feature films “The Co-Exist Comedy tour,” “Twenty Million People” “The Best Man” and “Generation Iron 2”.
He’s a regular standup around New York and you can catch him on Saturday nights at 8pm with the Pit’s longest running house team The Baldwins.
Listen below to hear more about Chris’ teaching style and improv philosophy, and learn more about The PIT in his discussion with PIT Founder Ali Farahnakian.