Jim's Chicago Blog - Week 5

Big Forker Jim is currently in Chicago for five weeks, where he is undertaking some intensive training at iO, the theatre that is widely considered to have invented the Chicago style of improv. The intensive program at iO brings together over 150 improvisers from around world to spend five weeks immersed in the improv and comedy world. This blog is the fifth and final in a series where he talks about his experiences in Chicago.

It's week 5! The final week of the program means that we're spending the week getting ourselves ready for our graduation show on Thursday night and generally trying to squeeze the most out of the last few days we'll all spend together as a group. Something I haven't written much about on these blogs is the depth of connection and friendship I feel with my section after only five short weeks. The intensive program is designed to bond you together as a team, and it's very successful at doing just that. I've made deep bonds with my section 8 friends, and we're already making plans for when we're all going to see each other again. 

Jim's Chicago Blog - Week 4

Big Forker Jim is currently in Chicago for five weeks, where he is undertaking some intensive training at iO, the theatre that is widely considered to have invented the Chicago style of improv. The intensive program at iO brings together over 150 improvisers from around world to spend five weeks immersed in the improv and comedy world. This blog is the second in a series where he talks about his experiences in Chicago.

Week four begins with a class at the Annoyance Theatre which was set up by someone in the summer intensive cohort to give us an idea of the style at that theatre. The Annoyance is helmed by Mick Napier, who has written several great books on improvisation, including Improvise: Scene from the Inside Out. The Annoyance approach to improv is to say that improvisers should take care of themselves, and not their scene partner, first on stage at all times. The rationale being that if you are confident in what you are doing, the offers you're making to your scene partner by proxy will be stronger. 

Jim's Chicago Blog - Part 3

Big Forker Jim is currently in Chicago for five weeks, where he is undertaking some intensive training at iO, the theatre that is widely considered to have invented the Chicago style of improv. The intensive program at iO brings together over 150 improvisers from around world to spend five weeks immersed in the improv and comedy world. This blog is the second in a series where he talks about his experiences in Chicago.

Apologies for being a week behind on this blog - week 4 has seen me come down with a wicked case of the flu.

Week 3 Classes

Our teacher for week 3 is Shad Kunkle, a longtime iO and Second City vet. Week 3 revolves around the fundamentals of scenework. It involves a lot of two person scenes where we really try and drill into the relationships between the characters. Shad takes the time on Day 1 to really try to get to know us as people, which really helps build the trust in the room as we dive into the more focused scenework component of the course.