March 19, 2009 returns has started twittering and promises a revamped website come May 1.

Posted by Fuzzy at 5:02 PM

December 2, 2008

Twelve Tips for Opening Your Own Improv Venue

Dan Izzo, who opened and ran the (late) Michigan venue Improv Inferno, offers 12 tips for opening your own improv venue (though the advice is broad enough that applies to most any sort of comedy club or theater:

9. DON'T COMPETE ON PRICE. Compete on the quality of your shows. People don't buy iPhones because they're cheap. They buy them because they're good and do what they promise, and do it well. You've got to price the show reasonably, but will people come see a show because it's cheap? No they come because it's funny, or a friend told them it about it. Give them a good show and you can charge what a movie charges, or possibly in the range of a traditional theater.

Posted by Fuzzy at 3:58 PM

September 21, 2007

More LOLImprovCats


If you couldn't get enough of those Improv LOLCats, here are more (with some overlap) from the Improv Resource Center and from PhillyImprov.

Posted by Fuzzy at 11:28 AM

September 20, 2007

Seen around these internets


Tyson Chicken has a website that will let you make "Improv-o-grams", which are really just video of some actors* dressed in silly costumes and leaving some spaces in their bits for your fill-in-the-blank message. The only kind of improv it resembles is the worst sort of plug-and-chug short form. But, hey, I'm glad those four got some work!

* I mean, the actors are improvisors. I recognize "Brian" as Ithamar Enriquez, who is a delightful improvisor. They're just not improvising here. Oh, you know what I mean.

(Via Jill)

Posted by Fuzzy at 11:33 AM

August 24, 2007



Posters at the Chicago Improv Network have combined two of my favorite things, improv and LOLcats, into LOLimprovCats.

Posted by Fuzzy at 1:13 PM

June 27, 2007

The Improv Encyclopedia

The Improv Encyclopedia has a new address (the easy-to-remember and a new look. Tom Tollenaere tells me that they're up over 500 games now. Go have a look!

Posted by Fuzzy at 6:38 PM

July 20, 2006

Project Improvisor

Yes, I'm behind on the curve on this, but maybe you're behinder:

The UCB Theater is presenting a reality webseries, Project Improvisor. It's pretty much what you'd expect, as a cast of nine improvisors is whittled down to an ultimate winner.

(via The Apiary)

Posted by Fuzzy at 11:45 AM

July 19, 2006

The Bastion

The New York comedy site The Apiary has launched a Chicago-focused site called The Bastion. The site covers all aspects of comedy in Chicago, but includes plenty of improv coverage.

Posted by Fuzzy at 11:22 AM

May 12, 2006

Play Improv

There's a new e-zine for the Los Angeles improv community: Play Improv. The site features articles, forums, video shorts, and more.

Posted by Fuzzy at 3:46 PM

April 4, 2006

Chicago Improv Network

The Chicago Improv Network website has been redesigned.

Posted by Fuzzy at 4:07 PM

March 25, 2005

Applied Improvisation blog

The Applied Improvisation Network has started a blog, focussed on the use of improvisation skills in organizations.

Posted by Fuzzy at 6:21 PM

December 28, 2004

Improv Film site

Improv Film is a site that "promotes unscripted acting and provides information about movies,
TV shows, and plays developed through improvisation."

Posted by Fuzzy at 2:30 PM

January 10, 2004 down for the weekend

Asaf Ronen writes:

Greetings improv community,

Due to a bookkeeping glitch on the part of my host company which was acquired by another company, YESand's service was cancelled.

We are looking to rectify the situation which will not be done until Monday at the earliest when we can speak to management. Even then there may be some obstacles that may delay it further.

Please spread the word and let people know that YESand is down but will be returning later on in the week. We will send out another mailing to announch its relaunch.

Thank you all for your support.

Asaf Ronen

Update -- YESand is back up.

Posted by Fuzzy at 10:56 AM

May 7, 2003

New Chicago Message Board

As a response to the pending sale of and it's forums, the Chicago Improv Network forums have been started.

Posted by Fuzzy at 10:31 AM

March 4, 2003

Improv Resource Center

Due to problems with the domain, the Improv Resource Center is officially moving to the address

Posted by Fuzzy at 9:07 AM

September 18, 2002


ImprovUSA features an aggregation of improv news sites and showtimes for Chicago improv theaters.

Posted by Fuzzy at 12:00 PM

March 28, 2002

Improv Journal Board

Over a month ago, Kevin Mullaney wrote to tell me about a section on his Improv Resource Center website devoted to improv journals. "How cool," I thought, and put a link on the Other Internet Resources page. Except I didn't do the actual putting-a-link part. So I'd like to highlight the page -- there are about 25 journals there, most of which seem to be updated often.

Posted by Fuzzy at 12:00 PM

March 14, 2002 has changed into a free hosting site for improv group web pages. The site also features information on individual improvisors, rehearsal spaces, and more.

Posted by Fuzzy at 12:00 PM

January 15, 2002

Year in Review

I contributed the tiniest amount to's Year in Review.

Posted by Fuzzy at 12:01 PM

October 16, 2001 aims to let improvisors find other improvisors.

Posted by Fuzzy at 12:00 PM

August 13, 2001

Improvisors Interviewed

These interviews aren't new, but if you haven't read them yet, they're new to you.

Jason Chin interviewed Rachel Dratch and the Upright Citizens Brigade

Possible Side Effects interviewed Amy Poehler, Miles Stroth, Kevin Mullaney, and Michael Delaney

Posted by Fuzzy at 12:00 PM

March 7, 2001

Improv Page moves

The original Internet Improv resource - The Improv Page - has moved to a new URL:

Posted by Fuzzy at 12:00 PM

February 1, 2001

More Journals

Sammy Tamimi is hard at work on becoming Improvisor-Journal-Central, with the addition of on-line journals by Chicago improvisor Ally Stinchfield and now-Boston resident Ed O'Rourke to the Monologues section of Improv411.

Also, Bill Byrne, newly of Chicago, has a Anchower-esque journal of his experiences taking classes at the ImprovOlympic.

Posted by Fuzzy at 12:02 PM

January 11, 2001

ImprovLand is open

It's not really new news, but Manuel Wolff has morphed his into Improvland, a very full-featured site with chat, bulletin boards, improvisor profiles, comics, group lists, etc., etc.

Posted by Fuzzy at 12:00 PM

March 19, 2000


Well, March seems to be Detroit month here at the New Improv Page. Sam Tamimi sent me a link to his excellent Improv 411, which is a guide to improv in the Detroit area. And a journal of his improv experiences.

Posted by Fuzzy at 11:59 AM

January 22, 2000

Del Close site

The ImprovOlympic is hosting a new site with information about the life and work of Del Close.

Posted by Fuzzy at 12:00 PM