Improv Resource Center Podcast

Kevin Mullaney interviews improvisors to find out what exercises and techniques they use in their improv comedy rehearsals and classes.
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Sep 16, 2015

Jack C Newell is director of the films Close Quarters, How to Build a School in Haiti and Open Tables. He is head of TV, Film & Digital at the Second City Training Center and a graduate of Columbia College Chicago in film/video. We talk about using improv to make movies, the job of the director and his latest feature which seamlessly weaves improv into the fabric of the film.

Jul 31, 2015

Ric Walker, Second City instructor and member of the Improvised Shakespeare Company is our guest. We talk about reacting emotionally, clown work, developing shows and more.

Jun 24, 2015

Mick Napier, the Artistic Director of the Annoyance Theatre is our guest. We talk about nudging students to get better, breaking out of your habits, playing without making sense, presenting long form, improv auditions and Martin de Maat.

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May 31, 2015

An interview with Kevin Reome, teacher at the Second City Training Center in Chicago. We talk about how to treat students new to improv, using you statements and being the guy that everyone wants to improvise with. 

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Apr 21, 2015

Kevin interviews improv teacher and performer Dave Razowski. Dave is a former Second City mainstage performer. He teaches improv in LA. Find out more at

Aug 16, 2012

Rachael Mason, Second City teacher, talks about giving gifts, emotional responses vs. clever lines, 10 minute scenes, playing against type, deconstructions, invocations, bad habits and stage combat.

Jan 20, 2012

Paul Grondy has been teaching at iO in Chicago since 1997. He teaches students how to do the Harold and so we talk about Harold structure, the principles of group work, being tender and heartfelt, knowing what you know, and group things.

Nov 21, 2011

Anthony Atamanuik talks about how classrooms can affect a class, ninja improv, finding your improv spirit house, care and detail in space work, framing devices, monoscenes, and improvised movies.

Nov 14, 2011

Jodi Lennon talks about using improv for character development, object work, hot seats and simulating sex on stage. Find out more about Jodi at

Jun 26, 2011

Megan Johns teaches improv at the Annoyance Theater and is a member of the New Colony Theater company. We talk about Annoyance newbies, hybrid improv classes and using improv to write plays.

Jan 26, 2011

Joe Bill teaches Power Improv Workshops in Chicago and around the country. He is one half of BassProv and SCRAM and has taught for the Annoyance and iO Chicago.

Dec 1, 2010

Recorded live at the People's Improv Theater in New York, the guests are Ed Herbstman, Porter Mason and Nate Starkey

Nov 25, 2010

Evan Linder from the New Colony describes the process they use to create original plays and musicals using improvisation.

Nov 16, 2010

Craig Cackowski from iO West and Second City in LA talks about doing scenes from imaginary plays, feeling scenes before you know what is happening, La Ronde and the North vs. South Harold.

Nov 9, 2010

Armando Diaz, founder of the Magnet Theater, talks about connecting with your scene partner, initiations, using improv to write and how to teach better.

Jun 22, 2010

Jimmy Carrane talks about grounded scenework, the third choice, reality transaction scenes, commitment, silent scenes, side coaching and group therapy.

Jun 14, 2010

Will Hines and John Frusciante from the UCB Theatre in New York discuss the game, improv simulators, an improv sabbath and things to steal from Ian Roberts.

Apr 21, 2010

Kurt Braunohler from the People's Improv Theater discusses solo improv, image streaming, viewpoints and Caligula.

Apr 12, 2010

Lillian Frances, owner of the Laugh Out Loud Theater talks about auditions, teaching kids, using your warmups well, and yes-anding life.

Apr 5, 2010

Susan Messing performs and teaches at iO Theater and at the Annoyance in Chicago. We talk about Busby Berkeley, Doublemint Twins, Caligula and more.

Mar 25, 2010

Billy Merritt performs and teaches at the UCB Theatre in LA. We talk about premise based harolds and his character based improv forms where he gets students to create a single character over eight weeks. We also discuss the cube edit and the hawk edit.

Mar 15, 2010

Caitlin Tegart is a sketch writer and director for the UCB Theatre in NYC. We discuss how writers can help themselves by not worrying about how good an idea is, that instead they need to simply get their ideas onto the page.

Mar 10, 2010

Tara Defrancisco is a former member of the Second City Touring Company. She performs and teaches for iO Theater and ComedySportz in Chicago. She discusses several exercises she uses in her classes and workshops.

Mar 2, 2010

Kevin Hines teaches improv at the UCB Theatre in NYC. He talks about exercises he uses to get students react quickly and realistically in their scenes. He also describes the form of his recent performance class and how he rehearsed for it.

Feb 23, 2010

Matt Donnelly from Improv Vegas and The PIT discusses two improv exercises he uses in his workshops.

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