Badass Comedy Shows & Training
We are proud to be associated with the biggest and most badass comedy festival in the history of Austin, Texas – The Moontower Comedy & Oddity Fest! The event stretches across some of the most notable comedy venues in the capital city and The New Movement is the homebase for improv. And Hell Yes Fest is curating the whole damn thing.
Here’s our lineup, homies (click on each show to buy tix!):
Most shows $10 @ The New Movement Downtown – 616 Lavaca St. (corner of 7th and Lavaca)
During Moontower Fest, we’ve got some great workshops happening with Key & Peele‘s Rich Talarico! We have special rates for TNM students and alumni PLUS you can take both workshops and receive another neat-o discount!
SKETCH: The Writer’s Room – Brainstorming & Pitching
Time: Saturday 4/26 @ 10:30am-1:30pm
Cost: CLASS SOLD OUT, AUDITS ONLY – $35 to audit ($30 audit for TNM students and alumni)
In this workshop, veteran TV and Stage writer Rich Talarico will take you through some helpful exercises for the brainstorming and pitching processes in sketch comedy. Learn how to take your ideas from flickers of conception to an undeniable pitch. We’ll also focus on how to contribute in the writer’s room.
IMPROV: The Way of Improv – A Course in Long-Form Improvisation
Time: Saturday 4/26 @ 2:30pm-5:30pm
Cost: $60/class, $30 to audit ($50/class, $25 audit for TNM students and alumni)
Take away the pressure of having to think up the entire premise of your scene before you initiate. That’s not improv, that’s invention. Improv is about cooperation and discovery. Abandon the “flame thrower method” of starting a scene. Learn the “two-sticks rubbing together method” to light the fire of character and scenic discovery. You’ll learn to create strong funny sustainable, organic character and scenes.
Walk the plotless path. ”We don’t serve plot, plot serves us.” Students learn to focus on “Who” and “Where” so “What” simply appears. Meditations and group mind exercises will help you realize that everything that happens on stage is an obstacle or an opportunity, the choice is yours.
ABOUT RICH TALARICO
Rich is a 22 year improv veteran having studied with Stephen Colbert, Charna Halpern and the late Del Close. Rich has trained and performed at the Second City Chicago and IO Chicago. Rich has written for “Mad TV”, “The Tonight Show w. Jay Leno” & “SNL.”
Currently he’s a staff writer for Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele.” Rich has led the Way Of Improv in Philadelphia, Dallas, Boston, Austin, Toronto, Denver, Chapel Hill, Detroit, Chicago Los Angeles, NYC and at Camp Improv Utopia. You can see Rich perform at UCB, LA and at festivals all over in “Dasariski.” Rich is also available for private coaching.
“Rich Talarico is one of the funniest and most inspiring human beings on the planet. As a teacher, his techniques and insights help you to become the best improviser you can be, in a very calm, cool and collected way.”
– Kevin Patrick Robbins Artistic Director Impatient Theater Co (Toronto)
“Rich’s workshop was the first to sell out at this year’s festival and is considered a ‘must take’ at any festival he attends”.
– Chris Moody Producer, Detroit Improv Festival.