Badass Comedy Shows & Training
Brian James O’Connell is a working actor, writer, director, filmmaker and improviser in Los Angeles. Brian is a graduate of the prestigious North Carolina School of the Arts. He moved to Los Angeles in 2000 to follow his dreams of a career in filmmaking. Brian (or BOC as his friends call him) is now in the financing stage on his next feature directing gig, GREASE TRUCKERS, the first feature of his comedy production team, Dr. God.
Brian has been with the iOWest Theater since March of 2003. A regular performer and coach at the iOWest Theater in Los Angeles, Brian derives most of his approach to improv from The Deconstruction, the form created by iO’s legendary team, The Family (Miles Stroth, Neil Flynn, Ian Roberts, Matt Besser, Adam McKay, Ali Faranahkian, and Pete Hulne). He currently teaches his Forms Workshop for Miles Stroth’s Improv Workshop. With his internationally touring improv duo Billyhawk and iOWest’s legendary improv group Dr. God, Brian has performed and taught at comedy festivals in Denver, Phoenix, Toronto, Philadelphia, Austin, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chapel Hill, NC. Well-respected as one of Los Angeles’s premier improvisers, Brian is famous for his encyclopedic knowledge of minutiae and his insane recall ability and memory (He has never written down a note. Ever.) Brian can be seen performing at iOWest currently with Dr. God, garguilO’connell, and, of course, Tigerpants.
In town as a visiting teacher for Training Camp: Austin, Brian will offering the following workshops on Sat 7/21/2012
(12pm – 2pm) The Art of Mimicry
The Number One hurdle to becoming a better and more interesting improviser is the necessity of another person to run scenes. This workshop relieves you of that burden.
In this workshop, Brian James O’Connell gives you a mathematically based way to run “drills” and form a “workout regimen” in regards to your long form improvisation. You will learn the 10 Questions To Every Scene, The 4 Basic Scene Types, Instant Character Composition, The 3 Points of Character Work, and, of course, Nuclear War.
You can go to the gym and work out alone to make yourself a better, stronger basketball player. The Art Of Mimicry gives you the tools to make you a better, stronger improviser. All from the comfort of your own home.
(2:30pm – 4:30pm) Position Play
Listening. All improv depends upon it. But what are you actually listening for?
Brian James O’Connell will teach you the skills you need to find your “position” in the scene and then play it to the hilt. Discover the secrets he uses in “garguilO’connell”, a monoscene with up to a dozen characters played simultaneously by both players.
Topics include: “The Straight Man vs. The Absurd One”, “Playing Archetypes” “Mapping Characters” and many, many more. Learn how to play with anyone, anytime, anywhere in the world.