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History of Improv Comedy

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Violaspolintheatergames small square Viola Spolin is Born An important innovator of the American theater in the 20th century. She created directorial techniques to help actors to be focused in the present moment and to find choices improvisationally, as if in real life.These exercises were later called "Theater Games" and formed the first body of work that enabled other directors and actors to create improvisational theater.
220px del close small square Del P. Close is Born Del Close, who many Improv actors name as their inspiration, was born in Manhattan, Kensas.
Paul sills headshot1 small square Paul Sills founds Playwright's Theater Club in Chicago Paul Sills, son of Viola Spolin, a student in the University of Chicago, starts a small theater company.
Second city2 130130014 n small square Paul Sills, Howard Alk, Bernie Sahlins meet. From 1955- 1959, the three partners pave their way into establishing The Second City. They are also the first directors of the theater.
Seccity small square The Second City Theater Opens The Second City Theater opens. Is the first on-going improvisational theater troupe in the United States. The company produces shows for Canada, as well, based in Chicago, originally, later on expanding to Los Angeles and Toronto. The Second City quickly became a platform for many of today's comedians and award-winning actors to start-out.
Saturday night live (season 38 titlecard) small square First Saturday Night Live episode airs The American late-night live television sketch comedy and variety show, premiered on NBC on October 11, 1975, under the original title NBC's Saturday Night. The show's comedy sketches, which parody contemporary culture and politics, are performed by a large and varying cast of repertory and newer cast members. Each episode is hosted by a celebrity guest, who usually delivers an opening monologue and performs in sketches with the
Andrew alexander 80s 220 small square Andrew Alexander Becomes Owner of Second City Chicago Second City's Toronto location was failing. Alexander offered to assume the Toronto theatre's debts in exchange for the rights to operate The Second City in Canada. Bernie Sahlins agreed, and in 1974 Andrew Alexander took over The Second City Toronto. In 1985 Alexander becomes owner of Second City Chicago and has been managing it actively since.
Improv 1439299463 a small square MARK LONOW opens up "IMPROV" Comedy Clubs After twenty years of being a single standing dinner and show place, the Improv opens its branches in 7 US cities, expanding to a brand name status - going mainstream.
Valgerryheetersweb small square Gerald Ownes starts Laughing Gas Laughing Gas begin its' journey. Well into 2011.
Jtf small square JUST THE FUNNY Theatre opens its doors Just The Funny has been performing improv comedy in Miami since its creation in January 1999. The founders are a group of veteran improv performers with a vision of keeping the art of live improv comedy theatre flourishing in Miami.
Improv1 small square THEY Improv - Todd Rice joins the game They Improv, a baby of Todd Rice's imagination become a nationwide opertion.
Caseywedding small square Casey Casperson starts Sick Puppies Comedy Sick Puppies Comedy is South Florida’s newest improvisational comedy troupe, and we are proud to call Boca Raton our home. Read more here: http://events.miamiherald.com/boca_raton_fl/events/show/289798625-sick-puppies-comedy#storylink=cpy
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