San Jose Improv Festival

I’m honored to be asked to teach and perform at this amazing festival in San Jose. Hope to see you there.

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TMI Sketch Comedy

See me in this great sketch show, now in its 5th year! Sunday Nov. 5th, 8pm.  Topical sketches lampooning celebrities and celebrity news. 

Watch Too Funny To Fail

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Steve Carell, Heather Morgan, Bill Chott, Stephen Colbert

I hope you’re as excited as I am! This Saturday, October 21st, the documentary about The Dana Carvey Show, Too Funny to Fail, premieres on Hulu. You’ll see our memories of a show that was a bit before it’s time. Edgy sketch on network television, hosted by one of my big comedy inspirations, Dana Carvey and featuring me and some of the funniest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. like Steve Carell, Heather Morgan, Stephen Colbert, Elon Gold, Peggy Shay most prominently. Including a writing staff that no one could ever afford again: Louis CK, Robert Smigel, Robert Carlock, Charlie Kaufman, Dino Stamatopoulos, Jon Glaser, and so many other writers and guest stars that it makes the head spin! 

You’ll see interviews, rare footage of our auditions and behind the scenes videos and photos. This is a real treasure for comedy fans. You can see the trailer HERE.

You can watch starting this Saturday! I suggest supplementing your intake with popcorn.

 

Now YOU Can Watch Me Improvise!

Every Friday in October, you can watch me in my new show LIVE ON FIRE! I’m directing and performing in this amazing show.

Thanks to everyone who came out and made our opening night a big success, and thanks to everyone who joined us online! You can watch online if you can’t make it out to the theater. Click HERE to subscribe to the livestream

You’ll also get a subscription to view other great live theater from The Whitefire, inlcuding Bobby Moresco’s Working 2017. There is something truly amazing and trailblazing going on at The Whitefire and you can be a part of it.

It’s a different show each week, with new guests joining in! This week, our guests are Dave Cox and Jay Sukow! Click HERE to get tickets to the live show!

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Improv Nerd Podcast

544664_311504498915082_2039813248_nYou’ll really enjoy listening to this podcast episode of Improv Nerd. Jimmy asks improv’s widely known teachers and performers about the fun little quirks about how we do what we do. We had a great conversation about my improv beginnings, what I think it takes to do a great improv scene, and even some of my work as a magician. Yep, I’m a magician when I want to be. Were you aware?

Is there anything else you’d like to ask me? Comment below and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Click HERE to listen.

Comedy Death Star Podcast

My favorite interview yet! I had so much fun with Denzil Meyers on his podcast that features comedy folks, improvisers and other interesting types. He asks so many interesting questions that I had never been asked before!

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We met exchanging comments on Facebook about improv. He then invited me to join him on his podcast as we have several mutual friends. He gets to the questions using some really fun games, and does some deep research about his guests. One of the most amazing things he asked are “What is your superpower?” and “Which anagram of your name or projects you’ve been on describe you best?” So interesting.

He also told me about his pie-in-the-face therapy. It’s called Pie Yourself Free, and you can join the group on facebook to learn more. Fans of The Three Stooges, classic comedy and solid therapy will enjoy learning more. He gave me a Pie Yourself Free card, and I’m allowed to pie him in the face. I’m also encouraged to let others pie me in the face, too!

Give the podcast a listen HERE.

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Online Exclusive

Watch this by 7pm PST. It’s a mostly musical improv jam I hosted at World Comedy Studios last night. Paul Green was on the keyboard and the improvisers were at play! Such a joy. There is some language so, if you watch an improv jam at work, save this one for the drive home! 

It’s only on Periscope till tomorrow night. Share this with a friend! Click HERE to watch. 

  

I’m on Horatio Sanz’s Podcast: The HOORAY SHOW

You can hear me on this week’s episode of The HOORAY SHOW with Horatio Sanz and Chad Krueger! Listen now and hear me discuss my early SNL audition, The Dana Carvey Show, Rush Limbaugh and Jackie Gleason.

WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE.

Also, today is my birthday. If you want to do me a birthday favor, then please share the podcast with your friends and on social media. It’s a lot of fun.

Hooray Show

The Saturday Night Live star’s podcast is available on Sound Cloud

A.D.D. Comedy Podcast

Listen to this podcast with David Razowsky and get ready for a week of fun posts! Click HERE to listen, and stay near your inbox for some vintage blog posts. Caution: some adult language and adult topics discussed…like politics and such!

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This week I’ll be sharing some fun stuff from posts of the past. Ten years ago this week, I began blogging heavily on MySpace when the film The Ringer was released. I think a lot of those posts disappeared into the ether. But I have a lot of great posts from this blog that I’ll be re-posting, like re-gifting in honor of Festivus! For the rest of us! If anybody can help me recover my Myspace Posts, I’ll send those out, too!

Magic Castle in December – Just Announced

I’m going to be appearing again with Dave Cox in “The Charlatans” at the Peller Theater in The Magic Castle. Very excited to be ending the year with a bang. I’ve been incredibly blessed this year and I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store.

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Having Fun in NY!

I spent last week at the Chatauqua Institution, teaching improv, and now I’m in Jamestown, NY for the Lucy Fest. I’m speaking and rehearsing for some shows where I’ll once again reprise my role as Fred Mertz. I’ll post some pics soon from Chautaqua, and tell you all about it next week. I’m looking forward to staying more in touch this year because it’s become easier for me to do so. Let me know what you’re up to this summer. I’m also looking to teach and perform and more events like the one below. If you know of any opportunities like that, let me know in your comments below!

Spring has Sprung

Yep, Spring’s over and Summer is full-on upon us. I hope this will be a cool and refreshing way for you to spend the heat of summer where you are. I’ve been so busy that my blog posts have fallen behind. But the comedy train has been chugging and I can’t wait to catch you up on what I’ve been doing, and give you some fun behind the scenes info about Selena Gomez‘s Monte Carlo Tour…but all in good time.

I want to give you an idea of some of the fun I have in mind for the summer:

Sizzle and Splash

The hottest new things I see this summer will be right here once a month.  The first week of the month will be a post about the Hottest News and the Wettest and Dumbest ideas ever. It’ll be your monthly scoop of stone cold satire.

Now Hear This..!

I’ll be podcasting audio monthly the second week of the month. I’m planning a two minute audio podcast via Tumblr. I’ll post it here on the blog for the curious.

On The Set

The third week of each month, I’ll post behind the scenes photos from whatever project I’m working on and hot-off-the-set photos that friends share with me. That includes upcoming premiere photos  for the release of  the Johnny Depp film The Rum Diary. I hear I made the final cut, so you’ll be seeing me with Depp soon.

And…here’s the news you’ve been waiting for about Selena Gomez. Check out this clip of her being introduced by BJ “Honkey” Lange. BJ is one of my first students to move from The Improv Trick – St. Louis to The Improv Trick – LA. It’s one of the reasons I started Improv Trick. I wanted to open up opportunities for improvisers to learn and then take that knowledge with them to LA, Chicago, New York or whatever they were preparing for while training at The Improv Trick.

BJ "Honkey" Lange, now on tour with Selena Gomez

…And just when you thought I was done with the Improv Trick self promotion, check out this video of BJ introducing Selena at the first stop of her tour. She had been sick and BJ and the crowd welcome her back and let her know how glad they are that she’s feeling better.

Click HERE to see the video of them onstage together. Leave a comment here for BJ if you have a message to send to Selena!

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