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Sunday, Feb 16th
Carla Cackowski has written and performed four solo shows that toured L.A.’s theater circuit. Her most recent work, Sweatlodged, had a sold-out run in Los Angeles at Vs. Theater, was a selection of the 2013 United Solo Fest in New York City, and plays on the Mainstage in the LA Scripted Comedy Festival on February 16th. Carla has directed solo shows that have played at iO West, Comedy Central Stage, Hollywood Fringe Festival, UCBLA, and Out of Bounds Comedy Festival (2013). She has taught solo show workshops at The Brody in Portland, as well as Magnet Theater in NYC. Monologues from one of her solo shows will be published by Applause Books in a comedic anthology in September 2014. She currently teaches improvisation at The Second City Hollywood and is a member of The Solo Collective, a group of five unique solo performance artists based in Los Angeles. www.thesolocollective.com www.carlacackowski.com
Creating Solo Performance Material through Improvisation (2hr) – $25
Sunday‚ 02/16/14 – 10:00 AM – Mainstage
In this workshop, you will experiment with improvisation as a means to create solo performance. Participants will discuss ideas with the group and then be prompted with different improv exercises that can be crafted into written show material. Whether you’re looking for a way to begin writing the solo show you’ve always wanted to do, or are looking for an opportunity to delve deeper into work previously written, this workshop will give you the tools to express your unique point of view by simply saying “yes and” to yourself.
As a 40 year comedy vet, Rick Overton has starred in numerous HBO and Showtime specials and has had countless TV stand up appearances. He played The Drake on “Seinfeld” and Pam’s Dad on “The Office.” He currently recurs on Adult Swim’s “Children Hospital,” ABC’s “Last Man Standing,” TNT’s “Leverage” and recently guest starred on “The League,” “The Middle,” “The Kroll Show,” and “Newsreaders.” Rick has also guested on classic TV series like “Lost,” “E.R.,” “Made About You” and “Married With Children.” On the big screen, he has worked with A-list directors like Ron Howard, Chris Columbus, Harold Ramis, Jay Roach, and Steven Soderberg, with roles in films like “Bad Teacher,” “The Informant,” “Dinner for Schmucks,” “Cloverfield,” “Groundhog Day,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” and “Willow.” He also has an Emmy Award for writing on HBO’s “Dennis Miller Live.” Rick is currently a semi-regular contributor to the Huffington Post and hosts a popular podcast called “Overview” that is available on iTunes.
Stand Up That’s Relevant (2hr) – $25
Sunday‚ 02/16/14 – 10:00 AM – DCT
In the Grand Tradition of social satire, join stand up veteran Rick Overton (Emmy winner for his writing on HBO DENNIS MILLER LIVE 1996) as he helps guide you on navigating and shaping social and political material.
Kevin McDonald founded The Kids in the Hall with his friend Dave Foley. In the troupe’s TV show and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. Since The Kids in the Hall’s end in 1994, he’s played many roles in movies like Boy Meets Girl, Agent Pleakley in the Lilo & Stitch series, and Harry Potter in Epic Movie.
Writing Sketches Through Improv (2 hours) – $25SOLD OUT
Sunday – 02/16/14 – 12:00 PM – Mainstage
The class will learn the process of improvising scenes and then “write them into sketches”.
Jordan Morris is a part of Up, Up, Up, one of UCB’s longest-running sketch groups. He’s also the director of IO’s mainstage sketch group, The Mutiny. He’s the co-host of the Jordan Jesse Go! podcast and has written for IFC, Fuel TV, Funny or Die and Geek and Sundry.
Sketch Comedy CRASH COURSE! (2hr) – $25
Sunday‚ 02/16/14 – 12:00 PM – DCT
New to sketch? Want to learn how to turn your premise or character into a comedy sketch? Come with a laptop and some pitches and we’ll teach you how to crank out a sketch in a writer’s-room environment.
Blake Hogue has been a writer/performer on the iO Headliner sketch team The Mutiny since 2012. The Mutiny has performed at the Chicago and San Francisco Sketch Festivals in 2013. He’s a writer/performer for the trivia sketch show The Friday 40 at The NerdMelt Theater. Past guests include Tom Lennon, Paul Scheer, and Pete Holmes, to name a few. He currently directs the iO Headliner sketch team It’s The Cops! He’s taught sketch writing workshops with The Sketch Guild and runs iO West’s Sketch Pool, where a new sketch team is formed every month to do a show a week for 4 weeks! He also co-wrote and starred in a short that won $20,000 in a video competition on The Soup, and has appeared on How I Met Your Mother, Raising Hope, 90210, The Benchwarmers and various national commercials often too weird to stay on the air.
Character Reel and Sketch Auditions (2hr) – $25
Sunday‚ 02/16/14 – 12:00 PM – Loft
If you want to perform on a sketch team, you’ll want to have a character reel. Coming up with characters and impressions for auditions can seem overwhelming, but it’s often much simpler than we make it. Whether you’ve got some characters in your pocket and you need to re-work the specifics or you need help figuring out some new characters you want to do, this workshop can help! You never know when you’ll need a character reel (all the time).
Melinda Hill is a comedian, writer and actress who performs all over the world. LA Weekly calls her “the female David Sedaris” and says her “bubbly, adorable persona belies outlandish funny” while Buzzine claims she puts “the fun back in funny and the smart back in smarty-pants.” She created, wrote, produced and starred in the web series Romantic Encounters with Melinda Hill, which was selected to screen at LA Web Fest, was nominated for an LA Weekly Web Award for “best comedy series” and was an IndieWire Critic’s Pick for “best comedy web series. “ She also created the web series All Growz Up with Melinda Hill and is currently doing a series with Maria Bamford for Funny or Die. She plays multiple characters on Adventure Time and is the other half of the viral hit Confessions of a Tooth Fairy with Kristen Wiig.
Other TV/ film appearances include Comedy Central’s Pretend Time with Nick Swardson, Reno 911, Sarah Silverman Program, Important Things with Demetri Martin, Bill Maher’s Bright Day, The Winner, Frank TV, Glory Daze, and Chris Kattan’s Bollywood Hero. Her stand up has been featured on Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Bonnie Hunt Show, BBC’s World Stands Up, NESN’s Comedy All Stars, Comics Unleashed, Who Wants To Date a Comedian, Stand Up In Stilettos ABC and when she hosted the series Comedy TV.
Her weekly live show “What’s Up, Tiger Lily” was named “best stand up show” in LA Weekly & LAist and her critically acclaimed CD “The Accidental Bisexual” is available on iTunes. She’s a regular contributor for Huffington Post Comedy, XOJane and Hellogiggles and her essays have also been featured in LA Innuendo & Opium Magazine. For more info & show updates go towww.melindahill.com & follow her on Twitter @melindahill.
“Stand Up and Deliver” Stand Up Workshop (2hr) – $25
Sunday‚ 02/16/14 – 2:00 PM – Mainstage
Learn how to find what’s funny about you and use it to do stand up. Class members will practice being on stage, identify what their stage persona may be, learn how to deal with hecklers, and get to ask any questions they may have about doing stand up.
Stand up on Late, Late Show w/ Craig Ferguson
Sketch: Confessions of a Tooth Fairy with Kristen Wiig
Molly Prather is a writer and performer living in Los Angeles. Her solo shows, That Girl and Fuck! Marry! Kill! have played at UCB LA & NY, Comedy Central Stage, IO West, Toronto’s Impatient Theater and the Piccolo Fringe Festival. As a storyteller, she has performed in such shows as ASSSSCAT, Worst Laid Plans, This Stripped Stories, This Feels Terrible, Sunday Night Sex Talks, Four Stories and a Cover, and IO’s Armando. She is a StorySLAM winner at The Moth (Los Angeles and New York).
As a member of the Solo Collective (Artistic Director: Paul Stein), she’s directed Drew Droege’s show “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns” currently continuing it’s extended, sold-out run at VS Theater. Her solo shows have been named “BEST THING TO DO LA” – LA Weekly, “COMEDY PICK” – LA Times Brand X, “COMEDY PICK OF THE WEEK” – LA Weekly, “TO DO” – Backstage, “LAist FAVE” – LAist. Currently, she is developing an animated show at Nickelodeon and a feature with Sony’s Olive Bridge Entertainment.
From the Page to the Stage (2hr) – $25
Sunday – 02/16/14 – 2:00 PM – DCT
For anyone who’s ever listened to “The Moth” or “This American Life” and thought, “I can do that!” this workshop will help get those genius thoughts out of your head, on paper and eventually up onstage. Whether your goal is putting together one simple story or mounting a full length, one-person show this workshop will get to the heart of the story you want to tell and crafting it specifically for performance. Stories/shows in all stages of development are welcome.
Kate Purdy is a TV writer who has written for Cold Case, Mad TV, Cougar Town, and she currently writes for Fox’s new hit series Enlisted. She is an iO alumna.
Understanding the TV Writers’ Room (2hr) – $25
Sunday‚ 02/16/14 – 2:00 PM – Loft
Would you like to know how the writers’ room on a TV show works? This workshop leads you through the inner workings of a writers room. Learn how to pitch and collaborate with other writers to create an outline for an episode of a TV show.
Brian Stack has been a writer/performer with “Conan” for 16 years, the first 12 years at “Late Night” in New York. Before that, he worked for several years in Chicago at Second City, I.O., and in various groups like Jazz Freddy. He still performs at IO-West and UCB here in LA. He has also appeared on such TV shows as “30 Rock”, “The Office”, and “Eagleheart”.
Conan 101 (2hr) – $25SOLD OUT
Sunday‚ 02/16/14 – 4:00 PM – Mainstage
Conan writer for 16 years, Brian, will take you behind the scenes of how a Conan show is created. From opening monologue, to desk piece to remote; he will illuminated the process from idea to show night. If you’re interested in writing for late night television, this is the workshop for you.
Matt Craig began his career at Washington University with the troupe Mama’s Pot Roast. Previous theater credits include The Annoyance, iO, iOWest, Disney Cruise Lines, Brave New Workshop, The Second City Touring Company, The Second City ETC, and The Second City Mainstage. Recent television credits include According To Jim, The Office, and Key & Peele. He is currently a member of the faculty at iO West, taught for the Second City Conservatory in Chicago for five years, and the Brave New Institute in Minneapolis in addition to teaching workshops all over the United States. He works for Norwegian Cruise Lines writing and directing sketch comedy that is performed all over the world, and recently returned from New York City where he was a writer for Saturday Night Live. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his lovely wife and two children.
Sketch Writing : Fundamentals A to Z (2hr) – $25
Sunday‚ 02/16/14 – 4:00 PM – DCT
In this two-hour workshop, Matt Craig (Saturday Night Live Writer, Second City, iO West) teaches a simplified structure for writing comedic sketches. In this comprehensive workshop, Matt will cover all the basics of sketch writing covering form and structure to content and application. A perfect workshop for beginning students and improvisers looking to take an all-encompassing introduction to scene writing or for experienced writers looking to bolster their already existing arsenal, participants will walk away with a strong understanding of how to apply these techniques to stage projects, online videos, webisodes, pilots, and screenplays.
As a humorist, story-teller Dylan Brody recently had the profound honor of being invited by his hero, David Sedaris, to open for Mr. Sedaris at the Pasadena Civic. An award-winning playwright, author, commentator for Off Ramp on NPR’s local affiliate KPCC, Mr. Brody always seems to have something going on that will earn him respect, admiration and almost no money. Our point is, you should hire him for something. He is also an accomplished Martial artist with a 4th Dan (Master) blackbelt in taekwondo, a 3rd Dan (instructor) blackbelt in Hapkido and 1st Dan blackbelt in Kigumdo.
THE PERSONAL NARRATIVE: You Know How To Do This! (2hr) – $25
Sunday, 02/16/14 – 4:00 PM – Loft
This two-hour workshop in the personal narrative offers technique for focusing the natural process of story-telling into crafted, performable personal narrative.