Kickstand Comedy six-level improv curriculum  

We work hard empowering our students to make people laugh their ass off.”
-Kickstand Faculty

Register For Classes HERE (class Descriptions below)

eight classes per session. levels 4-6 perform at our student showcases

We offer an inclusive, fun-forward environment for all levels of experience, from absolute beginner to our most advanced classes.

INTERNSHIP and SCHOLARSHIP application can be found here. Payment plans available upon request - email kickstandpdx[at]gmail[dot]com

Meet our team of extraordinary teachers

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**Fine print and class pre-requisites for Levels 2-6 at bottom of page - always read the fine print!!

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. No experience required, come as you are! (12 student cap)

(**SOLD OUT) Level One taught by Natalie Haddad, Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm beginning 1/10/18
Level One taught by Michael Knackstedt, Saturdays 4:00-6:00pm beginning 1/12/18

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 Two taught by Kara Moore, Mondays 6:30-8:30pm beginning 1/7/19
Level Two taught by Kara Moore, Saturdays 4pm - 6pm beginning 1/12/19

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!

(**SOLD OUT) Level Three taught by Dylan Reiff Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm beginning 1/10/18

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 Four taught by Dylan Reiff, Mondays 6:30-8:30pm beginning 1/7/18

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 Five taught by Kickstand Faculty and guest Instructors, Thursdays 6:30pm-8:30pm beginning 1/10/18

Level Six - Do the Damn Thing

We’ve given you the tools now its time to create and experiment. Your final mission before graduation is to invent and evolve a brand new, never-before-seen improv format together as a class!. Discover your class’ collective voice and create your own 20+ minute show based on your individual and team strengths—then perform your new form for the masses at your student showcase and graduation show. Must Finish Level 5

Level Six taught by Craig McCarty, Mondays 6:30-8:30pm beginning 1/7/18

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 that shares a similar philosophy and and have received faculty approval. Holler at 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 to ask about our waitlist

Internships and Scholarships

In our commitment to removing barriers from art we offer both full Internships and scholarships. These programs help us strive for equity and diversity in our classes and on our stage as well as removing or reducing the cost of classes. APPLY HERE

Scholarship and Internship spaces are limited. We will announce recipients between 12/26/18 and 1/4/19.