ONE-DAY AND WEEKEND INTENSIVES
Welcome to my comedy laboratory. In these fun, easy-going workshops, we begin with an exploration of some frequently used comedic elements to look for in scenes. We'll talk a bit about what makes things funny. Through scene work, we'll improve our detective skills, hunting for clues that will help us navigate our way to smart comedic choices. We'll also view TV and film scenes and analyze what's going on comedically. We'll even explore a few alternative techniques for finding the funny.
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ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Michael Kostroff is an established TV and stage actor, best known for his five seasons on HBO's completely unfunny hit, The Wire. He's also appeared on Louie, Deadbeat, Sonny with a Chance, and the web series, The Actress. He toured with The Producers, and has since played Max Bialystock all over the country. Most recently, he starred in Paper Mill Playhouse's A Comedy of Tenors and in Sacramento Music Circus' Nice Work if You Can Get It. He's a director, an audition coach, and the creator of the Audition Psych 101 workshop.
"If you're serious about comedy, you must take Michael Kostroff’s Comedy for
the Serious Actor. Through scene work, theory, and analysis, Michael provides a
simple, lucid experience of comedy. This workshop will certainly make you a better performer. And it's a hell of a lot of fun too.” — Jeffrey Delano Davis, New York
Can comedy be taught?
Yes . . . and no. While no one can teach comedic instinct or innate comic timing, I find that for good dramatic actors, there's another way in. By playing for truth, stakes, objectives, obstacles, and characters' points of view, comedy can be approached with many of the same tools as we use in drama, with hilarious results.