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Improv Shows in NYC This Week - February 17-February 24

February 17, 2019 - by CG Directory Editor
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In New York City wanting to let loose? Stop by any of NYC's famed improv shows to get your giggle on. The People's Improv Theatre, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Magnet Theater all have shows happening regularly within the city, along with a host of other improv establishments rounded up on City Guide's calendar for this week in improv.

Kornfeld & Andrews - Magnet Theater
February 17, 2019 - New York

Seasoned performers, longtime instructors, and all-around swell guys Rick Andrews and Louis Kornfeld combine their improv powers for a longform show that's as honest as it is hilarious. With a patient, nuanced style, they create a textured world filled with characters that will make you laugh and move you all at the same time. It's comedy. It's theater. It's a performance you won't soon forget.

Team Performance Workshop Class Show - Magnet Theater
February 17, 2019 - New York

Team Performance Workshop Class Show

The Blob - Magnet Theater
February 18, 2019 - New York

In The Blob, the entire ensemble contributes to the creation of three two-person scenes, which they then repeat, refine, and morph together for the rest of the show. This silly, committed, high-energy show is guaranteed to make you laugh and also go, "Huhhh?" A winning combination!

Shirley Jackson's the Lottery - Magnet Theater
February 18, 2019 - New York

Put your name in the hat to get on stage and play with some of your favorite Magnet instructors and performers! Megan Gray hosts this monthly lottery show. Everyone lives!

Magnet Musical Mixer - Magnet Theater
February 19, 2019 - New York

Try your lady (and manly) luck at making up music side-by-side with some of the finest Musical Improvisers in the country! Anyone can sign up to perform - even if it's your first time. Keep your bankroll stashed because admission to the Mixer is 100% free! Hosted by Vegas Lounge Legend and Lush Miss Trudy Carmichael and the incomparable Frankie Keys, tickling the ivories.

Musical Megawatt - Magnet Theater
February 19, 2019 - New York

A whole night entirely dedicated to musical improv, Musical Megawatt showcases everything you love about musical theater, all made up on the spot. Are they magicians? No! Just some of the best improvisers around. Come out every Tuesday and catch a rotation of new, never-before-seen musicals all night long

Megawatt - Magnet Theater
February 20, 2019 - New York

Each week, our hand-picked ensembles converge on the Magnet stage for a full night of high-powered long form. Each group brings its unique style to some of the greatest improv forms, from Harolds to monoscenes and everything in between. Check it out every Wednesday night and see what your faves are up to!

Magnet Mixer - Wednesday - Magnet Theater
February 20, 2019 - New York

Magnet students past and present join improvisers from all the world over and non-improvisers who just want to play, forming rare and wonderful one-night-only teams. Sign up starts at 5:30.

The Little Big Show - Magnet Theater
February 21, 2019 - New York

Improvisers assembled from Magnet's house teams bring you a lovely improvised show inspired by your lovely suggestion. The Little Big Show features a mix of performers from Megawatt and Musical Megawatt performing a Club Sandwich, a delicious improvised set featuring recurring scenes and inspired flights of fancy. If you want a taste of everything improvised at Magnet, The Little Big Show is your ticket to paradise.

Everyone Is Sad: A Stand-Up Show - Magnet Theater
February 21, 2019 - New York

"Everyone Is Sad" is a stand-up show for comedic performers who are relatively new to stand-up. These performers may appear happy doing improv, sketch, and musical improv--but they are all very tormented and sad and want to stand alone on stage. The host, Perri Gross, has been sad for over 6 years doing stand-up and improv in various stages and basements in NYC. She is a writer for Reductress, The Higgs Weldon, and is also a performer at the Magnet Theater. She has cried on every street corner in Manhattan.

The Director Series: Evente - Magnet Theater
February 21, 2019 - New York

Join the fun as the cast of the Evente improvises a show centered entirely around a single event. Through flashbacks and time dashes, this form explores characters in the past, present and future! With special guests: Adam Gong and Richard Krysztoforski Directed by Elana Fishbein

Chucho Y Amigos! - Magnet Theater
February 22, 2019 - New York

CHUCHO is an Latinx improv team that regularly performs throughout NYC. CHUCHO has trained at Magnet Theater, UCB, iO, WIT, Groundlings, Dojo Comedy, Theater 99, and the mother-loving PBCC (Palm Beach Community College), y'all! CHUCHO has performed around the country and in Canada where they were called "an international tour-de-force" by a close friend. CHUCHO loves improv as an art-form and they love playing together as a family. Their active push for diversity in comedy is what originally brought them together and sharing their comedic/cultural sensibilities is what keeps them going! ¡CHUuuuu-CHOoooo! CHUCHO is Alex DaSilva, Kevin Kiernan, Patricio Machuca, Xavier Padin, Billy Soco, and Melissa Ulloa. -- Y AMIGOS -- MERCY SANTOS: Levi Friedman, Akmal Tajihan, Lindsey Leonard, Matthew Abrahams, Raymond Santos, Justin Kosisky, Meredith Dicker, Meredith Meyers PHYSICALLY BOLD: Laurie Berarducci, Molly Brenner, Ian Dyer, Mike Zakarian

The Friday Night Sh*W - Magnet Theater
February 22, 2019 - New York

Obnoxious strangers, overbearing bosses and unrequited high school crushes are about to get a piece of your mind… The Friday Night Sh*w invites audience members to offer their repressed rants, cursing-outs and sultry confessions to fuel a fast-paced brawl of hilarity, performed by a fistful of of NYC's best improvisers and Magnet faculty. Before the show, audience members may anonymously submit written confessions which the improvisers will use onstage. Now, doesn't it feel good to get that off your chest?

Premiere: The Improvised Musical - Magnet Theater
February 22, 2019 - New York

Welcome to Premiere: The Improvised Musical, featuring NYC's top comedy performers and instructors! Each week the cast takes a suggestion from the audience and turns it into a fully crafted musical -- each character, song and dance number is entirely made up! Led by legendary Magnet Musical Director Frank Spitznagel, and with a cast whose professional credits include Second City, Baby Wants Candy, HBO and Comedy Central, Premiere is THE top musical improv show in New York -- Fridays at 10pm, ONLY at Magnet Theater!

Hansbury & Slack - Magnet Theater
February 22, 2019 - New York

Hansbury and Slack: Based on a suggestion from the audience, Beth Slack (trained opera singer) and Brian Hansbury (sang with Meatloaf one time) improvise scenes into songs and look to dig a little bit deeper into the relationship between two people. They explore the real deal stuff of life with songs and heart and mirth throughout. The night will also feature some of their talented friends from the musical improv community! Tonight´s special guest: Xplod!

Infinite Sketch - The PIT Loft
February 23, 2019 - New York

Oh, you like “smart” comedy do you? Well have you ever been to a sketch comedy show based on the writing of David Foster Wallace, you poser? Infinite Sketch: Brief Interviews with Hideous Sketches is a sketch comedy show that pays loving tribute to every annoyingly depressed 22-year-old’s favorite problematic writer. The show features an experimental narrative structure, characters that are somehow both one-dimensional and extremely complex, and of course footnotes and endnotes and run-on sentences and more footnotes (don’t forget parentheticals. You will love the parentheticals!) It’s the only sketch show that makes you look smart just by seeing it.* Hosted by Myles Hewette and Sam Bourne. One of them is a big DFW fan, the other does not know we’re doing this! *Don’t worry, you don’t have to have ever read a book to enjoy this show. Featuring: Sam Bourne Hattie Hayes Myles Hewette Maurice Licorish Patrick J. Reilly Matt Storrs Rosa Escandón

Applications of Short Form Class Show - Magnet Theater
February 23, 2019 - New York

Applications of Short Form Class Show

The Armando Diaz Experience - Magnet Theater
February 23, 2019 - New York

The legendary show is reborn! Created in 1995 at the iO Theater in Chicago, The Armando Diaz Experience IS the longest running improv show EVER. A guest monologist takes a suggestion from the audience and shares true stories from their life. These stories are then brought to life by a rotating cast of improv all-stars, which take audiences on a high minded, exhilarating comedic joy ride that will leave mouths tired of smiling. And occasionally, just occasionally, the man with his name on the show will drop by for some fun.

The Armando Diaz Experience - Magnet Theater
February 23, 2019 - New York

The legendary show is reborn! Created in 1995 at the iO Theater in Chicago, The Armando Diaz Experience IS the longest running improv show EVER. A guest monologist takes a suggestion from the audience and shares true stories from their life. These stories are then brought to life by a rotating cast of improv all-stars, which take audiences on a high minded, exhilarating comedic joy ride that will leave mouths tired of smiling. And occasionally, just occasionally, the man with his name on the show will drop by for some fun.

The Cast - Magnet Theater
February 23, 2019 - New York

"One of the most exciting improv shows in New York City. It's the perfect show for comedy and theater fans alike." - Elise Czajkowski, comedy journalist for the New York Times Join some of the Magnet's most beloved improvisers and instructors as they bring you behind the curtain of a fully improvised play. See the performers and the drama move from on-stage to backstage each week! Will the play's star-crossed lovers be off-stage enemies? Will the Shakespearean cutpurse get a little too Method? Will the murder mystery detective really die, leaving the cast without a clue? All this - AND MORE - might happen! Come for the fake play. Stay for the fake players. The Cast has been featured in the New York Times' theater section and in Time Out New York's print edition. The Cast is up every Saturday at the Magnet Theater and has had the pleasure of performing at the Baltimore Improv Festival, XFEST Baltimore, the Hartford Improv Fest, the Vancouver International Improv Festival, the Phoenix Improv Festival, the Detroit Improv Festival, the Washington Improv Theater, and the Pittsburgh Comedy Festival (August, 2018).

Team Performance Workshop Class Show - Magnet Theater
February 24, 2019 - New York

Team Performance Workshop Class Show

Kornfeld & Andrews - Magnet Theater
February 24, 2019 - New York

Seasoned performers, longtime instructors, and all-around swell guys Rick Andrews and Louis Kornfeld combine their improv powers for a longform show that's as honest as it is hilarious. With a patient, nuanced style, they create a textured world filled with characters that will make you laugh and move you all at the same time. It's comedy. It's theater. It's a performance you won't soon forget

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