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Master Class - Improv Virtuosity

  • The New Movement 616 Lavaca Street Austin, TX, 78701 United States (map)

Sunday, November 19th @ 3-6pm
COST: $65 (class size capped at 12)
Teacher: Sean Conroy

The virtuoso is one who possesses outstanding technical ability in the fine arts, usually singing or playing a musical instrument. In this case, the “fine art” is comedy improvisation; the “technical ability” is the initiation, the edit, the tag-out, the walk-on, the backline support, even finding and playing the game of the scene. These are all concepts that every improviser with some training is familiar with. But what is the right time? What is the right way? In this workshop, we’ll attempt to find out, and try to hone each improviser’s abilities to show outstanding technical ability in the moment. Fitness Coach Greg Glassman, founder of the Crossfit movement, has explained that in gymnastics, virtuosity is defined as “performing the common uncommonly well.” Don’t just be an improviser. Be a virtuoso.

*This is a master class. Registrants are expected to have at least one year of improv experience and have completed at least one full improv curriculum.

Instructor Bio

Sarcastic, acerbic, quick-witted comedian Sean Conroy is self-lacerating and constantly annoyed - at himself and everybody else - but always manages to sneak in a healthy dose of silliness and joyful charm. describes him as “intimidatingly smart, intimidatingly funny, and just plain intimidating.” He’s a multi-disciplined comedy tour-de-force. As a stand-up, Sean’s performed on Conan and Comedy Central. As an improviser, he was a founding member of the first ever house team at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, legendary improv group The Swarm, and has been a regular in the UCB’s flagship show ASSSSCAT for almost twenty years (in fact they asked him to perform with them when they recorded their live show for Shout Factory, still available on DVD). He’s been a television writer for over a decade (Crossballs, Dog Bites Man, Key & Peele), most recently finishing up his third season as head writer of Adult Swim’s cult favorite Mr. Pickles, about a dog who’s sort of like Lassie (except he worships Satan, and is a serial killer). He’s hosted over three hundred episodes of his podcast, The Long Shot (which the AV Club calls “rollicking” and “a consistent delight”). He enjoys good coffee, mediocre whiskey, and ship novels. Find out more at, and follow him on Twitter and Instagram @seanconroy.

We begin new classes every few weeks. If this one is sold out or held at an inconvenient time, look for our next class session here.

Our improv and sketch class sessions consist of 8 weekly, 2 hour sessions, and a recital show performed in front of an audience.

New class sessions start all the time; at $225 each for improv, $250 each for sketch. Ideally, students continue in the same time slot from Level 1 onward, but if you need to switch to another time or need more info about our Level 2-Level 5 classes or internships, please contact TNM’s Conservatory Director (Nola –, ATX –

We also offer sketch writing classesteam building workshops for businesses and corporationsweek-long and weekend intensives, and kids and teen comedy classes (NOLA only).

Earlier Event: November 14
Later Event: November 27