5 Things! With Festival Teacher Rich Baker!

We played 5 Things! With Rich Baker! 

I teach improv at Second City Hollywood and the Westside Comedy Theatre. I regularly perform with Mission Improvable and Rollin’ In Riches. Grew up in Fort Worth, Texas where I first learned improv from Four Day Weekend. I co-founded TCU’s only improv troupe Senseless Acts of Comedy and performed with several troupes in Dallas before moving to Chicago. There I performed at ComedySportz Chicago, the iO theatre, WNEP, Mission Improvable, The Comedy Shrine, LOL Theatre and taught improv at ComedySportz and Second City. I love improv, science, music & smoking weed.

Rich is teaching

Scene Work Masters Class

Students will learn to slow down and use the patience of their scene work to make the crowd laugh sooner and harder. In this workshop they’ll learn to get out of their own way and stop unintentionally putting obstacles into their scene work. They’ll learn how to play a scene without ever worrying about laughs and learn to surprise themselves at how many laughs they’ll inspire. If students have some experience in improv, but long to do better scenes, this class is for them.

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5 Things! With Festival Teacher Tim Paul!

We played 5 Things! with Tim Paul! lets learn more about him! Tim Paul is a recent transplant to L.A. from Chicago. He’s currently a faculty member at the Second City Hollywood Training Center. In Chicago, he was a resident director at the Annoyance Theatre. Selected credits include My So-Called Afterlife, Becker, Escape From Ground Zero and Fisting: A Period Piece. In addition to previously being on the faculty at both the Annoyance (Chicago) and Second City (Chicago), he has been a guest instructor at the Annoyance (NYC), Dublin Improv (Dublin, Ireland), The Nursery (London, UK), The New Movement (Austin), Recul (Bucharest, Romania) and Improv Asylum (Boston). Tim was an ensemble member of Mick Napier’s Invisible World at the Annoyance, which was named ‘Best Sketch of 2014’ by Chicago Magazine. In 2015, he spent most of the year performing with Second City from Barcelona to Bermuda aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines. Tim also has a dog named Kitty Dukakis.