Mike McLendon - Everything Matters

iO West

Saturday, August 8, 2015
iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028
Saturday, August 8, 2015
iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028

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What's Included

In this workshop improvisors will revisit the basic mechanics of longform improv and focus on three major components of a scene: What's real? What's funny? Why is it funny? Through a series of exercises and scenes cultivated from Second City, iO West, and UCB, the class will focus on Base Reality and Context, the Game of the scene, and how to explore and heighten what you've already created without resorting to invention, conflict, or going blue. It's a great class for intermediate students struggling with scenework as well as advanced improvisors looking to make a leap in their game play. Mike McLendon is a comedian, improvisor, and writer of short bios originally from Austin, Texas who can be seen performing weekly at iO West with "Orpheus Roy" a team that is as great as it's name is confusing. Mike also performs at UCB with the Harold Team "Outside Dog" and has toured across the world with Second City Theatricals and Mission Improvable. Mike is a faculty member at Second City Hollywood and coaches teams at both iO West and UCB. He has appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Comedy Bang Bang, AXS TV's "Mockpacalypse," and has helped develop content for ABC, MTV, FX and more.

About This Organizer

The LA branch of Chicago’s famed ImprovOlympic, iO West boasts dozens of L.A.’s best improv and sketch comedians as alums. Based on the work of director Del Close and co-founder Charna Halpern, iO pioneered the long-form improv style known as Harold, and created a story-based approach to improvisatory acting. iO West classes include seven levels of advanced improv training, as well as sketch and television writing programs, and students can also enroll in shorter workshops in subjects ranging from storytelling to commercial audition and beyond.  

L.A.'s premiere improv and sketch comedy venue, the iO WEST Theatre (formerly Improv Olympic), features the best improv and sketch comedy in Hollywood, with shows on two stages, seven nights a week! Celebrity guests perform with veteran improvisers every week. iO WEST's 99-seat, two-level Mainstage theatre includes a full bar, cocktail service, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems. The Andy Dick Black Box is “the lab in the back:” an experimental space that is open to all ages. Additionally, iO WEST offers improv classes, writing classes, and much more. Our alumni feature the best and brightest actors, writers, and directors in the entertainment industry, including: Emmy-winner, Tina Fey, as well as Amy Poehler, Vince Vaughn, Adam McKay, Mike Myers, Jack McBrayer, Seth Meyers, Chris Farley, Andy Dick, Andy Richter, as well as numerous writers and performers from Saturday Night Live, MADtv, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Late Night With Conan O'Brien, 30 Rock… not to mention the most promising talent of tomorrow.

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iO West 6366 Hollywood Blvd. Los AngelesCA  90028
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