At the urging of some good friends from my theatre softball league I decided that I taking an Improv class. Improv has always set my brain on fire and the process of it always looked like magic to me. My intrigue started when I saw an episode of "Whose Line Is It Anyway" a short form show on air in the late 90's .
Classes at iO Chicago
My fondest memory of dipping my toe in to acting pond in high school were the auditions for "Bullshot Crummond". Mr. Bernstein had us doing a warm up exercise and we were playing what I know now as, an improv game. I was having so much fun. I ended up not getting the part and instead I started my backstage career. One that has been very rewarding since.
I kept on circling around the world of improv though. My favorite actors and personalities in TV and movies often have training in the Chicago improv scene. Folks like Tina Fey, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, and Steven Colbert. Amy Poehler's description of the Chicago Improv scene in "Yes Please" fed the fire that I barely knew was crackling.
I chatted with my friend Christy about where I should start. She knows me really well and she knows the Chicago Improv scene as well. I was confident she wouldn't lead me wrong. There are three distinct styles of doing improv here. At Annoyance you focus on your character work and your place within a team, at Second City you use improv as a tool to write sketch comedy, and at iO you learn the art of longform, specifically the Harold. Christy said iO was the perfect place for me.