Improv in Arizona & Ticket Giveaway!

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Just the other day, I got a newsletter from NCT (National Comedy Theater) Phoenix, and it got me thinking: I am totally new to local improv. I’ve never ever seen a show in person before.

So I responded to the email (as this blog is pushing me to try new experiences) and Dorian Lenz, the Director of NCT Phoenix, was kind enough to let me share their summer programming and offered me FOUR pairs of passes to give away to you all! How cool is that?!

The thought of an interactive show with talented performers just naturally wingin’ it.. without a script..! How do you prepare for that? (I’m so used to having a plan, even if that plan goes horribly wrong.) My friend laughed when I asked him what to expect, and he gave me some sage advice:

You don’t know what to expect, that’s kind of the point. 🙂
-Local Comedian NegativSteve

So read on, get some quick tips from local improv vets, see what NCT Phoenix is offering, and then enter to score a pair of passes to see a normal Friday or Saturday night show!

What should you expect?

I spoke with Facebook pal Erica Connell, who let me know that not only was she a veteran performer, but she got her start at one of NCT Phoenix’s Intro to Improv courses! I also spoke with Chris Campbell, a local actor.

Ana-Blog: How did you get into improv?

Erica: I was born a performer. I first got started with NCT by taking one of their improv classes. Then auditioned for the core group of performers.

Chris: My passion for improv was first sparked from the classic show Who’s Line is it Anyways. I started getting together with my friends and we’d just play improv games. Eventually I got into cosplay and my enjoyment for improv saw itself come out through the characters I cosplayed until I made an original character of my own and joined the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Now I’m practicing improv every single week at a local club and am doing shows in front of live audiences.

Ana-Blog: Any advice for first timers attending a live improv event?

Erica: As far as attending an even for the first time. Participate. Not just by laughing but providing suggestions and if they ask for audience volunteers. Then don’t over think the experience just be you!

Chris: Just be ready for anything. If you’re an audience member, you’re going to be asked for scenarios, locations, or characters for the performers to use for each game. Avoid obvious sex jokes and try to give the performers a hardball like something oddly specific or just plain whacky.

Ana-Blog: Do you have a favorite experience or anecdote from an event?

Erica: Everyone I’m in front of an audience is my favorite experience. It’s my drug of choice.

Chris: That’s really hard to say, actually! I have so many great moments as my Faire character, though one one of my favourite experiences in traditional stage improv so far has probably doing a lip sync battle with another performer on stage. I busted out White and Nerdy. The audience loved it.


NCT Phoenix’s June Classes & Shows

Plan ahead! Here’s a full schedule of what NCT Phoenix has to offer this coming month. Get some recovery from Phoenix Comicon and loosen up with the tips from Erica and Chris. 🙂

Slightly* Uncensored Improv

When: Friday & Saturday Nights @ 9:45pm
(Ages 17+)

Cost: $12-$14

The always hilarious and spontaneous Improv Comedy Shows at NCT are changing things up for the 9:45pm Late Show’s. That’s right, things at NCT are getting saucy for the summer! With NO Brown Bag Foul! Audiences ages 17+ can laugh and shout suggestions at their favorite NCT improv comedians at this summer’s Slightly* Uncensored Improv Show!

Get tickets today at https://www.nctphoenix.com/ticketsystem


Level 1: Intro to Improv

Date: Starts June 5th for 4 Weeks
Time: Mondays @ 7-9:00pm
Cost: $95

Would you like to think quickly on your feet, with confidence and composure? Would you like to improve your listening, teamwork and communication skills? Would you like to develop your sense of humor and comic timing? Improv Comedy Class is the perfect solution to all of these wants and MORE! Level 1: Intro to Improv at NCT is the perfect way to get started.

This class is low stress and high fun. NCT’s professional improv instructors have more than 20 years of performance experience all around the world!

Call 602-374-5638 for more info!


Cheesy Tie Weekend:
Improv Comedy Shows for Father’s Day

When: Friday June 16 & Saturday June 17th
Time:
7:30pm & 9:45pm
Cost: $12-$14 (Dads get in for $5)

EVERYONE saves $2 when they wear a Cheesy Tie!
PLUS Cheesy Tie Contest!

Celebrate Father’s Day with National Comedy Theatre’s Cheesy Tie Weekend. Who didn’t get their father a cheesy tie for Father’s Day?

Come down to the Improv Comedy Shows at NCT for Cheesy Tie Weekend to celebrate Father’s Day with hilarious Improv Comedy, cheesy ties and great deals! Dads get in this weekend for $5 (use code DADS17 online at our ticketing page) And everyone can save $2 if they wear a Cheesy Tie! (use code CHTIE online at our ticketing page) That’s right, EVERYONE gets that deal when they wear a funny, ugly or unbelievable neck tie. One does not have to be a Dad to get this deal. One must simply have an ugly tie.

The Cheesiness, ugliness and hilariousness of the tie itself highly encouraged because the cheesiest, ugliest, most hilarious tie at each show will win an NCT prize pack!

Get tickets online at our online ticketing page and remember to use code DADS17 for Dad’s $5 tickets and CHTIE for $2 off when you wear a Cheesy Tie. OR call the box office at 602-374-5638 for enthusiastic human assistance in your Father’s Day Comedy Show weekend ticket ordering!


Kids Improv Camp (ages 7-12)

Begins: Monday, June 19th (Mon-Friday with Performance for Family & Friends
Friday, June 23rd)
Time: 12- 2:00pm
Cost: $150

Is your kid, aged 7-12, outgoing, funny and super quick? Excellent! Improv Camp is a terrific place to sharpen those natural abilities. Is your kid, aged 7-12, super smart and funny but somewhat shy? Wonderful! Improv Camp is a wonderful way to come out of the shell in an inclusive and supportive environment. ALL kids get a confidence boost while improving their ability to listen and work with others. PLUS, kids will develop their comedic timing and performance skills. EVERYONE will have fun, laugh, and learn! Our instructors have more than 20 years of performance experience!

Kids will show off what they have learned in a free performance for family and friends on Friday June 23rd at 1:00pm!

Call today to find out more: 602-374-5638


Teen Improv Camp (ages 13-17)

When: Begins Monday, June 19th (Mon-Friday with Performance for family & friends that Friday, June 23rd)
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Cost: $150

Is your teen, aged 13-17, super smart and funny but somewhat shy? Wonderful! Improv Camp is a wonderful way to come out of the shell in an inclusive and supportive environment. Is your teen, aged 13-17, outgoing, funny and super quick? Excellent! Improv Camp is a terrific place to sharpen those natural abilities.  ALL teens get a confidence boost while improving their ability to listen and work with others. PLUS, teens develop their comedic timing and performance skills. EVERYONE will have fun, laugh, and learn! Our instructors have more than 20 years of performance experience and more than 10 years teaching and training high school aged improvisers!

Teens will show off what they have learned in a free performance for family and friends on Friday June 23rd at 4:00pm!

Call 602-374-5638 to find out more!


Enter the Giveaway!

NCT Phoenix has given me 4 pairs of passes to give away, to check out a normal Friday or Saturday night show. (Thanks, Dorian!)

Names will be drawn at the end of the week (and winners will be emailed to collect your address to send passes). You can snag some extra entries while you’re in there. 🙂

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Thanks for entering the giveaway, and thank you again to NCT Phoenix for the passes and information on their June classes & shows!