improv comedy

  Mike Birbiglia is an award winning comedian, writer, actor, and director known for his autobiographical stand-up tours and one-man shows on Broadway. His first feature film, Sleepwalk with Me, was released in 2012.

His second film, Don’t Think Twice, opens this Friday at Spectrum 8 Theatre in Albany, NY and at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck, NY. This story is Birbiglia’s first major work not based on his own life -- in it, an improv group called The Commune has reigned as the big fish in the small pond of their New York improv theater. When not all members of the group start to find success beyond the improv stage -- the group fractures, friendships are strained and feelings are hurt. It’s a funny movie about failure and success -- and how success doesn't always look the way you think it will.

The film is produced by This American Life host and creator Ira Glass, was written and directed by Birbiglia and he stars along with Keegan-Michael Key, Gillian Jacobs, Kate Micucci, Chris Gethard, and Tami Sagher.

  You may have seen our next guest on your Twitter or Facebook feeds a few weeks back when he appeared on The Tonight Show as President Obama and gave debate advice to Jimmy Fallon’s Donald Trump.

Dion Flynn brings a new level of comedy to the highest office in the land. The Mop & Bucket Co., Proctors’ improv company in residence, presents the Schenectady premiere of Flynn's new one-man show, The Only Brown Kid In The Trailer Park on Sunday night.

Flynn's autobiographical show is the story of his journey from growing up the only bi-racial kid in a trailer park- where he quickly developed a sense of humor - to appearing as the first black President on national television.

  For more than fifty years, The Second City comedy theater in Chicago has been a training ground for some of the best comic minds in the industry—including John Belushi, Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, Mike Myers, Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey.

But it also provides one-of-a-kind leadership training to cutting-edge companies, nonprofits, and public sector organizations—all aimed at increasing creativity, collaboration, and teamwork.

Yes, And: How Improvisation Reverses "No, But" Thinking and Improves Creativity and Collaboration--Lessons from The Second City is a new book by Kelly Leonard and Tom Yorton.

  If you're an Indo-Muslim-British-American actor who has spent more time in bars than mosques over the past few decades, turns out it's a little tough to explain who you are or where you are from.

In No Land's Man, Aasif Mandvi explores this and other conundrums through stories about his family, ambition, desire, and culture that range from dealing with his brunch-obsessed father, to being a high-school-age Michael Jackson impersonator, to joining a Bible study group in order to seduce a nice Christian girl, to improbably becoming America's favorite Muslim/Indian/Arab/Brown/Doctor correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Comedian, writer, director and actor Dion Flynn, best known as Barack Obama on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show brings his brand new, autobiographical one-man show to Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY on Friday and Saturday, October 17 and 18 at 8:00pm.

He joins us along with Hubbard Hall's Executive Director, David Snider.

  Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy nominated Who’s Line Is It Anyway? have teamed up to present an evening of improvisational comedy at Proctor’s in Schenectady on February 8th.

Using their quick wit, Colin and Brad take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes … just like a live version of ‘Whose Line’!

Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Their high-profile presentations have played to sold-out venues all over the country.

Rachel Dratch

Feb 25, 2013

    Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered, she says, roles as “Lesbians or Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians.”

Her career as a female comedian at a low point, she suddenly had time for yoga, dog-sitting, learning Spanish—and dating. Dratch reveals the joys and terrors of putting herself out there in a quest to find love and then becoming a mother in an undreamed-of way in her book, Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle.

Ben Schwartz - 2003 graduate of Union College - will return to Schenectady on Monday, May 28th to present the "The Ben Schwartz comes to Union College and says things to people want to listen tour 2012".

Improv Nation

May 3, 2012

Denny Dillon and David Smilow join us - they are performing at Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, NY on Saturday, 5/5.

Chris Gethard

Feb 1, 2012

Sarah LaDuke speaks with Chris Gethard about his book, A Bad Idea I'm About To Do, The Chris Gethard Show, UCB, and being a loser.