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Monologues & Their Many Uses with Liz Allen

An improvised monologue can be the hero of a long-form when it unleashes exhilarating free-fall group discovery. So much potential stems from monologues, and this workshop will show some of the ways to maximize that potential.
We’ll cover creating a brief, white-hot, memorable & useful monologue (character or personal). We’ll use monologues in unexpected places, and show ways to knit together long-form, listen for when a long-form craves a monologue, and experience the thrill of hijacking someone else’s monologue for good works.

When: Classes start Wednesday, July 8th, 1-3pm (CST). 4 week class
Participant limit: 10 students

$125
Instructors:

Liz Allen

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Patterns in Improvisation with Liz Allen

Patterns Are Like Sourdough Yeast Starter...They Make Things Grow.
Inside every aspect of improv -- scenes, games, tag outs, walk ons, etc -- patterns exist. These patterns can take root and be the building blocks of each aspect of improv. Through humble pattern-following, a pathway for a larger theme grows in a long-form. It takes practice and diligence to humbly follow a pattern. This class covers how to recognize, maximize, exploit, transform, fortify, utilize and trust patterns. This class encourages improvisers to allow patterns to be guideposts, eliminating some of the internal chaos and uncertainty of creating long-form.

When: Classes start Sunday, July 12, 12-2pm (CST). 4 week class
Participant limit: 10 students

At IO, Liz directed the improv shows The Two Horsemen (Jim Carlson & John Lutz) and Big Guy/Little Guy (Ryan Kiessling & Lloyd Ahlquist). At the Neofuturarium in Chicago, Liz directed Devolution (written by S. Benjamin). An original member of The IO Roadshow, Liz has taught at colleges and corporations around the globe.

In 2004, Liz moved to Las Vegas and directed a main stage revue for The Second City at the Flamingo Hotel. The first-ever fully improvised show on The Strip, it received an A- from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Liz also directed Scriptless, a weekly short-form revue featuring The Second City’s understudies. Scriptless ran weekly for 4 years at the Flamingo Hotel.

Liz was honored to coach The Commune, the improv ensemble in Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 feature film Don’t Think Twice.

$125
Instructors:

Liz Allen

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TV Pilot Presentation Writing Class

An eight-week course that has as its goal a collection of deftly written documents: treatment(s), character descriptions, episode scenarios, promo script, and pilot script–the overall goal being a thoroughly thought through concept from beginning-to-end that can be read and defended in a pitch meeting.

Here’s how it shakes out week-to-week: the student learns to write jokes based on the news (1st week); to expand those jokes into character and commentary monologues (2nd week); to pitch concepts for desk pieces (3rd week), remote ideas (5th week) and various segment ideas (6th week); to create two parody sketches (4th week); and to critique, assess and rewrite a rough version into a final draft (7th week); and to complete the writing and rewriting of a letter to a literary agent (8th week).

When: 2 class options
Classes start Sunday, June 28th at 2PM to 5PM (CST).
Classes start Tuesday, July 14th, 6:30-9:30pm (CST)
Participant limit: 16 students
*Seven weeks as a group; in the 8th week, class will not meet as a group, but instructor will engage in a 30 minute conference call with each student so that they can read their second draft, and instructor can give notes.
Some classes will be two hours, and students will be asked to review videos on their own schedule.

$325.00
Instructors:

Kim Howard Johnson

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Sitcom Spec Script Writing Class

SITCOM SPEC SCRIPT, is an eight-week course that has as its goal a sitcom spec script of a currently running show—whether a multi-camera network sitcom; a single-camera network sitcom; a single-camera basic cable sitcom; a single-camera premium cable sitcom; or an animated sitcom—suitable for submission to literary agents, network executives and/or TV executive producers. And to that end the student has complete access to all that The Comedy Lab and The iO Chicago has to offer.
Here’s how it shakes out week- to-week: the student chooses a show and creates six pitches (1st week); a single pitch is chosen and then partially outlined (2nd week); a detailed, scene-by-scene outline is completed (3rd week); special focus on the cold opening, the act break and the tag (4th week); completion of the first act (5th week); completion of the second act (6th week); brutal rewrites (7th week); and in the 8th week, class will not meet as a group, but instructor will engage in a 30 minute conference call with each student so that they can read their second draft, and instructor can give notes.

When: Classes start Sunday, June 28th at 11AM to 2PM (CST)
Participant limit: 16 students
*Seven weeks as a group; in the 8th week, class will not meet as a group, but instructor will engage in a 30 minute conference call with each student so that they can read their second draft, and instructor can give notes.
Some classes will be two hours, and students will be asked to review videos on their own schedule.

$325
Instructors:

Kim Howard Johnson

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Talk Show Portfolio Writing Class

TALK SHOW PORTFOLIO, is an eight-week course that has as its goal a four- page, state-of-the-art talk show portfolio suitable for submission to literary agents, TV producers, and network executives–and to that end the student has complete access to all that The Comedy Lab and The iO Theater has to offer.

Here’s how it shakes out week-to-week: the student learns to write jokes based on the news (1st week); to expand those jokes into character and commentary monologues (2nd week); to pitch concepts for desk pieces (3rd week), remote ideas (5th week) and various segment ideas (6th week); to create two parody sketches (4th week); and to critique, assess and rewrite a rough version into a final draft (7th week); and to complete the writing and rewriting of a letter to a literary agent (8th week).

When:
Monday, June 29 at 12:30-3:30pm (CST) - 8 week class
Monday, June 29 at 6:30-9:30pm (CST) - 8 week class
Participant Limit: 16 students

$325
Instructors:

Kim Howard Johnson

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SNL Sketch Packet Writing Class

SNL SKETCH PACKET, is an eight-week course that has as its goal an SNL sketch packet, comprised of at least eight separate sketches, suitable for submission to literary agents, TV producers, as well as SNL itself—and to that end the student has complete access to all that The Comedy Lab and The iO Theater has to offer, including the performance of his or her material by The Comedy Lab Players (a rotating cast of 15 talented sketch actors).

Here’s how the course shakes out week-to-week: the student learns to write jokes based on the news, as well as a cold opening sketch (1st week); those jokes are then expanded into two separate host-type monologues (2nd week); the student then creates a streamlined version of Weekend Update (3rd week); creates two commercial parody sketches and one digital short (4th week); writes for the live performance of a sketch that parodies an existing TV show, and a current film (5th week); writes a sketch that incorporates an existing character within the current ensemble (6th week); writes a cast scene comprised of five or more characters (7th week); and prepares for a live show, not to mention developing a business plan (8th week), toward the goal of getting an agent, etc…

When: Classes start Wednesday, July 1st at 6:30-9:30pm (CST)
Participant limit: 16 students

Kim Howard Johnson is a founding member of the Baron’s Barracudas (the first house team of the ImprovOlympic–now the iO), co-wrote Truth in Comedy with Charna Halpern and Del Close, and wrote The Funniest One in the Room: the Lives and Legends of Del Close, the biography of his longtime friend. He has performed, taught, and directed improvisation and comedy for many years.

$325
Instructors:

Kim Howard Johnson

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