Kickstand Comedy six-level improv curriculum
“We work hard empowering our students to make people laugh their ass off.”
We are committed to teaching our students to find their voice in comedy by learning the skills necessary to play effectively, support zealously, and create with honesty—both on and off stage.
Level One - Welcome to Kickstand Improv
Dive into the world of improv comedy. Sharpen your communication, start listening in new ways, and learn how to create comedic ideas spontaneously and collaboratively. The Kickstand Philosophy jump-starts your improv journey - work hard, laugh hard. (12 student cap)
Level Two - Next Level Scene Work
Break off the training wheels and ditch the water wings, it’s time to level-up your performance with Kickstand’s advanced technique adding focus, depth, and richness to your improv. Turn the corner and start identifying what’s truly funny in your scene-work and create real characters NOT caricatures. Must Finish Level 1 or Get Kickstand Approval (12 student cap)
Level Three - Making Connections and Mastering “Game of the Scene”
Upgrade your improv brain - go from approaching improv like a game of checkers to playing comedy chess like Bobby Fischer. Train your brain to discover connections and execute ideas effectively. Master, and truly understand “the game of the scene”*. Go deeper and meld minds with your classmates turning unconnected scenes into an Improv Voltron of your collective personalities. Must Finish Level 2
*Game is a concept essential to Kickstand’s philosophy, don’t worry we’ll teach you!
Level Four - Oh Hey, It’s The Harold!
Serious about getting good at improv? Than you have to learn how to do a great Harold!. Chicago’s famous format The Harold is the CrossFit of improv training. A full body and mind workout of essential skills taking themes, characters, and relationships, getting ’em sweating, then adding perspective and connections… Feel the burn. Your improv muscles will get swoll AF. Must Finish Level 3
Level Five - Forms Forms Forms
Sample multiple improv formats without holding up the line. Deconstruction, the Movie, La Ronde, Close Quarters, etc, etc, will all challenge your scene work, and expand your versatility—motivating you to find ways to keep playful and stay spontaneous. Must Finish Level 4
Level Six - Do the Damn Thing
Use the last five levels of Kickstand training, your class’ strengths, and your team’s collective comedy voice to create your own 20+ minute set—something you can perform for the masses (and yo mama). Must Finish Level 5
The Fine Print
*Each 8-week class is $260 per person.
*Must be 18+ to register for classes.
*Level 3-6 have a 10 student cap
*Classes have limited space, register early or ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
*Kickstand requires all students start at Level 1, unless they have FULLY COMPLETED an improv program and have received our approval. Holler at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
*Refunds (minus transaction fees) are available up until 10am the day before your first class.
*Don't see a class that works for your schedule? Email us at email@example.com to ask about our waitlist
Internships and Scholarships
As per our commitment to removing barriers from art, we offer both full Internships and scholarships to help remove or reduce the cost of classes. WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS FOR THE CURRENT SESSION. Please check back at the end of November/Early December for our next session submissions.