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May Events, Shows and Workshops at NCT

May

CODEStudents- BOGO offer all month long at NCT!  At Friday & Saturday night Improv Comedy Shows 

The end of the school year approaches and we KNOW you need a laugh! Join us at Improv Comedy Shows every Friday & Saturday night at NCT and students get Buy One Get One FREE admission!

Call 602-374-5638 for the super secret promo code- this offer is available with online reservations only and will not be accepted at the box office- Call us today and have some laughs!

Drop In

Drop In Improv Workshop Thursday May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1
Thursday Nights  7:00- 8:30pm   $15

Improv Comedy Class with no commitment! Drop in to just one class in the series, or drop in and take them all!  Drop In Classes EVERY Thursday night from 7:00pm-8:30pm through June 1st with a Drop In JAM performance on Thursday June 8th!

Call for more info or to reserve your spot today! 602-374-5638

MamaRama

Mama-Rama! Improv Comedy for Mother’s Day at NCT
Friday June 12 and Saturday June 13th at 7:30pm & 9:45pm

National Comedy Theatre’s Salute to Moms!  It is time for the annual Mother’s Day Comedy Show at National Comedy Theatre, known as the MAMA-RAMA.

At NCT the hilarious and fast paced comedy is always an exciting night out for the whole family but at MAMA-RAMA… it’s all about MOM! Mom’s get in for just $5 with promo code MAMAS17.  Join us for a night of laughs you will never forget.

It’s Sweet September With Exciting Events at NCT

Here are all of the exciting events coming this fall to your favorite Improv Comedy Club… NCT! Click HERE for showtimes and tickets to all of these exciting events. Click HERE to become best friends with us on Facebook, another great way to find out about exciting events.

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Still Time to get into Summer Workshops!

Summer Improv Series

There is Still Time to Sign Up for Summer Improv Series- Mini Workshops!

Summer is a great time to try new things and there is still plenty of time to get into an exciting improv class. NCT is offering short and sweet 4 week workshops in a summer series! Each class is a super fun, high impact and low stress. There is still time to to sign up for the remaining Summer Improv Series classes. Call: 602-374-5638

coming up in less than a week? Level 1- Mini Beginners Class


Tuesday Nights 7-9:00pm   $95/ 4 Weeks    Begins Tuesday July 19th & meets each Tuesday for 4 weeks

A Mini Beginning Improv Workshop! Start your improv journey in a super short, super fun 4 week Mini Beginners Improv class. Perhaps you would like to follow up on the skills learned in Level 0? Refresh skills learned in a past Level 1? Check out a Level 1 without committing to a full 6 weeks? Get out of the house for some reason and learn something new? This class is perfect for all those reasons and more.

coming up at the beginning of august? Geek Improv Class


Monday Nights 7-9:00pm    $95/ 4 Weeks     Begins Monday August 1st & meets each Monday for 4 weeks

What is Geek Improv? It is, simply, the skills and techniques of improv comedy put through the geeky lens as only a geeky Lenz can. Krissy Lenz has been performing improv for 20 years, teaching for 10 and geeky for a lot longer than that. Krissy has appeared on 3TV’s Your Life A to Z as the Guru of Geekery since 2014,  is a podcaster with Educating [Geeks] Podcast Network and a long time producer of content for Phoenix Comicon.

If you want to learn improv for the first time in the nerdist way possible, or if you already know a little improv and you can’t wait to see it geeked out to the nines… this class is for you!

coming up in mid-august? Full Level 1: Beginning Improv Class

Level 1: Beginning Improv (full 6 week workshop)    Begins Tuesday August 16th 7:00- 9:00pm       $195/6 weeks

Have you been to the shows at National Comedy Theatre and thought to yourself, “Golly, it sure would be fun to learn those games!” Perhaps you are looking forward to trying something new and unique this summer? Maybe you are interested in sharpening your skills and improving your self confidence, listening skills and quick thinking abilities?    

The real question is, are you ready to be amazing?

In National Comedy Theatre’s Level 1: Beginning Improv class you will learn the same improv comedy games and concepts seen on stage at our award winning Competitive Improv Comedy Shows. This class is a comprehensive introduction to Improvisation. Improv comedy will develop your ability to focus, use teamwork, listen, think on your feet and have confidence… and, most importantly, improv will help you be amazing.

call us today to learn more or sign up for class

For more information or to register, please call or email National Comedy Theatre 602-374-5638, workshops@nctphoenix.com

and, save $25 each when signing up with a friend!

Call today to learn more: 602-374-5638

Summer Mini Workshop Series

Summer Improv Class

Summer Improv Series- Mini Workshops!

Summer is a great time to try new things! NCT is offering short and sweet 4 week workshops in a summer series! Try just one, or try them all. Each class is a super fun, high impact and low stress. Call today to sign up: 602-374-5638

Level 0- Mini Intro to Improv Workshop

Tuesday Nights 7:00- 9:00pm   $95/4 Weeks
Begins Tuesday June 21st & meets each Tuesday for 4 weeks

You have probably heard that improv is a terrific way to improve confidence and quick thinking skills, but perhaps the idea of committing to a long workshop series seems a bit daunting? Perhaps you have absolutely no performance experience or some stage fright anxiety kicking around? Maybe you want to start improv at the VERY beginning?

Whatever the reason, Level 0 Mini Workshop is a great place to start!

Advanced Improv- Mini Workshop

Monday Nights 7:00- 9:00pm   $95/ 4 Weeks
Begins Monday June 27th & Meets each Monday for 4 weeks

If you already have some improv skill and knowledge Advanced Improv Mini Workshop is a super fun and flexible way to stretch and expand your improv muscles. Scene work exercises, difficult improv games and longform methods are all explored in the perfectly paced mini workshop.

 

Level 1- Mini Beginners Improv Workshop


Tuesday Nights 7-9:00pm   $95/ 4 Weeks
Begins Tuesday July 19th & meets each Tuesday for 4 weeks

A Mini Beginning Improv Workshop! Start your improv journey in a super short, super fun 4 week Mini Beginners Improv class. Perhaps you would like to follow up on the skills learned in Level 0? Refresh skills learned in a past Level 1? Check out a Level 1 without committing to a full 6 weeks? Get out of the house for some reason and learn something new? This class is perfect for all those reasons and more.

Geek Improv- Mini Improv Workshop


Monday Nights 7-9:00pm    $95/ 4 Weeks
Begins Monday August 1st & meets each Monday for 4 weeks

What is Geek Improv? It is, simply, the skills and techniques of improv comedy put through the geeky lens as only a geeky Lenz can. Krissy Lenz has been performing improv for 20 years, teaching for 10 and geeky for a lot longer than that. Krissy has appeared on 3TV’s Your Life A to Z as the Guru of Geekery since 2014,  is a podcaster with Educating [Geeks] Podcast Network and a long time producer of content for Phoenix Comicon.
If you want to learn improv for the first time in the nerdist way possible, or if you already know a little improv and you can’t wait to see it geeked out to the nines… this class is for you!

All classes are open for Registration now! Call the box office at 602-374-5638

Away from the Screen, Up on the Stage: Improv for Teens

teen improv

Improv for teens? Yes! And… teenagers are some of the best improvisers on the planet, and we would know! Through NCT’s High School Improv League as well as teen improv workshops and camps throughout the year, we teach a lot of improv to a LOT of teens.

Just this past Saturday we hosted the first day of our 8th annual High School Improv League Tournament. 11 teams of high school improvisers from around the Valley have been working on their improv skills all year and the Tournament is a terrific opportunity for them to show what they have learned. The result is always impressive and hilarious, because so many of the skills learned through improvisation are super useful in the every day life of a teen.

Creative and quick thinking skills are completely necessary in improv comedy. The warm up games, training exercises and performance games that we use in teaching improv comedy help develop these skills. The best part is, the ability to think fast and have confidence in your choices extends beyond the stage and into real life. Teens who trust themselves and their ideas are more likely to put unique ideas out there without fear of judgement or rejection- and that is what improv comedy is all about.

We don’t improvise alone, either. Teens who participate in improv comedy classes work together with their team to create spontaneous comedy. Listening to each other is a key element in improv. Supporting the ideas and suggestions of your team mates is one of the MOST important elements of improv comedy. Listening and team work are highly emphasized, developed and encouraged through all types of improv for teens. Another great set of skills to take beyond the stage and into the world at large? You bet!

We also eliminate the fear of messing up or looking stupid, something many teens struggle with. In improv, there are no wrong answers and mistakes are opportunities. Isn’t that a wonderful way to approach life. With improv for teens, that seed of that idea gets planted early on and continues to grow!

Furthermore, improv is ACTIVE. We get teens up on their feet, moving, thinking and working together. Instead of sitting and watching funny YouTube videos or comedy sketches as a passive observer, we get improvisers up and on their feet to create comedy as an active participant. Teens can create content and comedy of their own when we step away from the screen and on to the stage!

NCT has teen improv classes coming up in June! Check out our Teen Improv Camp page for dates and times.

Meet the Players of NCT

Anthony Thornton

meet the players of national comedy theatre

this month we meet… anthony thornton

If you have been to a show at NCT- chances are you have seen Anthony Thornton. Today we get to learn a little more about in him in a new segment we like to call… meet the players! Where we get to know more about the friendly, funny folk who take the stage each week at NCT Improv Comedy Club.

Tell us what you do at NCT- including shows you participate in and extra stuff?

At times is seems like I live at NCT. I love comedy and I love being able to get on stage and make people laugh, so I try to take every opportunity I can (except when it involves singing. Anthony is not a singer). I perform (either as a Ref, player, or Mr. Voice) almost every Friday and Saturday in our competitive shows. In the past, I have been a High School League Coachl, produced Stand-up shows and I have been a cast member of our Sketch shows. I teach workshops, and haved coached the NCT Longform Team. The thing I take the most pride in though is the Movie Mash-up. I got to run this project shortly after we started it, and get to direct some of our mash-up panels at nerd-heaven, Phoenix Comicon.

**Anthony can be seen at NCT in upcoming Improv Uncensored shows, featuring the Longform Team and Movie Mash-Up on Thursday March 17th and Thursday March 24th at 7:30pm. Both shows are $8 and unrated- recommended for audiences ages 17+. Get tickets HERE.

What is the funniest thing you have ever seen?

Monty Python and the Holy Grail. No… watching Kevin McDonald simultaneously explain and apologize for a scene during a screening of Brain Candy. No… the guy from Skid Row that dressed in a knitted shawl and floppy garden hat that closed out the open mic as “Mother Earth” before the main show at Garrett Morris’s Downtown Comedy Club in Downtown LA. So many choices! I think the funniest moment I can remember was Kevin McDonald jumping on stage with us and we all just standing back and trying to keep up with him. I’ve been a fan of Kids in the Hall since I was a wee little nerd and then years later I am on stage and he is groping me. #BucketlistComplete

**Kevin McDonald, of the Kids in the Hall has been to visit NCT on two different occasions. Each time he taught workshops and performed in shows with the cast of NCT as well as guest performers from NCT San Diego and Torch Theater. Video of our performance can be found on the NCT YouTube Channel and on our Google+ page.

When you do stand up, do you get lonely and miss the rest of us?

Hahahaha I always miss being on stage with my Improv family! My stand-up persona and my ref persona are very similar so it can be a little weird to look over to the wings and not see a red or blue polo. Stand-up is my first love, and when you are up there alone, the safety net of having someone waiting to help bail you out a bit that isn’t working is gone, and that makes the highs and bit higher and the lows a lot lower. I do find myself working new bits in my living room and thinking to myself, “If only I could get Heath, or Andi, or Paul to jump on this and work it out with me, I could find a stronger punch line or a better tag.” You lose the luxury of creating something together, so you have to stretch yourself a bit more and I think that helps me step up my level of play in improv, stand-up, and whatever I happen to be writing at the time.

What is your favorite improv game and why?

It’s a tie between Blind Line and Good Advice/ Bad Advice. Blind Line is great because sometimes the lines that we get from the audience can fit so perfectly into a scene. Other times, the lines we get from the audience make no sense, so you have to think fast on how to make it make work in the scene. Good Advice Bad Advice is great because I get to create a character and the audience helps me get to know that character as we go. The audience is helping me create the character without knowing it.

What is the best suggestion we’ve ever gotten?

When it comes to suggestions, I’m a sucker for nerdy things and almost anything from the 90’s, but I think the best suggestion I’ve got recently was a few weeks ago during 5 things. I forget the initial activity, but we swapped out a ball for the Head of Bob Dole. When it comes to improvisers, we love to challenge ourselves and getting the obscure suggestion of Bob Dole to show to a younger player was the most beautiful challenge. We didn’t get it right but we had a blast failing!

**To see Anthony play in NCT’s signature game- 5 Things and bring your own awesome suggestion, CLICK HERE for showtimes & tickets!

What makes you a good Ref?

My electric personality, my lightning fast wit, and being aggressively humble. I’m a pretty special individual. Ha ha! In reality I am a good ref for two reasons. Stand-up is what I what I attribute most of my skills as a Ref to. As a stand up comic you have to learn how to read a crowd, you have to learn to own the stage from the moment you’re introduced to the moment you step off for the night, and you learn to work with a crowd. As a stand up comic I am mostly a story teller, but I love doing crowd work and making each set a little different from the last. As a Ref I like to make little quips or facial expressions to play with the audience and the players on stage to keep the energy going between games. The second thing is, as a Ref at NCT- I am just an audience member that you have to listen to. I get to experience the show as they do and it allows them to relate to me a bit more and vice versa.

Which State Bird is most like you?

The Turkey… because I can’t fly.

What movie, TV show and book do you recommend to NCT fans?

Movie: My all-time favorite movie is Empire Strikes Back, you should watch it and love it so we can be friends. But I do recommend that everyone see Chef.  Jon Favreau (along with an amazing cast) put together a funny and heartwarming story and my wife and I loved it.

TV: Rick & Morty, Venture Brothers, and Baskets. Watch them. No explanations needed.

Book: Born Standing Up, The Chris Farley Show, and Batman: Under the Red Hood. (My bookshelf is filled with comic books and books about comedy.)

Tell us about Phoenix Comicon and what you have enjoyed that we have done over past years?

Phoenix Comicon is the biggest event in my house. My wife Becca and I start planning for the next Con the day after the current Con ends. Comicon has been the most incredible experience I’ve ever had. Nerd culture keeps growing and I get to go perform and be around people who love all things awesome the same way I do. Nerds appreciate things in a way that no one else can and it’s an amazing feeling to be on the receiving end of that appreciation. Comicon gave me my first IMDB credit (Blood Orgy of the Damned)! Last year’s Movie MashTerpiece featuring Star Wars Uncensored was incredible. That show brought in one of the biggest crowds we’ve had in the many years we’ve done panels and having people come up to me during the rest of con asking where our other panels were and when and how hard they laughed. It’s hard to explain how great of a feeling that is.

What are you looking forward to at Comicon this year?

Finding a way to top ourselves. The people who come back to our panels year after year mean a lot to me and I want to give them some more stuff they’ve never seen before. With the return of MST3K (who’s excited!? Get excited!) there is a bit of pressure we put on ourselves to step up what we do to and give you something new. Also my wife and I will be dressing up every day. Also… Billie Piper!

**You can find informationa bout Phoenix Comicon HERE and, as the event approaches, you will be able to search the Programming schedule to find National Comedy Theatre’s many Movie MashTerpiece events! Add us to your ConQuest so that you don’t miss out on any of the magic.

Did Anthony get it wrong on the State Bird? Do you have any fond memories of Anthony on stage at NCT to share? Let us know in the comments!

And, stay tuned to the NCT Phoenix Blog for more Meet the Players segments coming soon!