Learn the fundamentals of performing improv and of writing sketch comedy at our one-day intensive workshop!
Seasoned instructors, Don Gervasi, Cody Colin Chase, and our special guest. Curt Riedy, will cover everything from the basics of joke writing and proper joke structure to performing your conceptualized ideas on stage! Don't miss this all-day workshop that will answer your burning questions about comedy, provide you with insights into making a career out of your passion, and a whole lot more!
Workshop runs from 11 - 4PM
Get a one-day all intensive taste of our week-long comedy academy in one day!
Don Gervasi is a graduate of Toronto’s Second City Conservatory Program, has been acting and improvising for over 20 years. He can be seen in the film "Queen City" starring Vivica A. Fox and Peter Jason, as well as the upcoming historical drama "Marshall," starring Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad and Kate Hudson. He's performed on numerous Buffalo stages including Kavinoky Theatre, MusicalFare Theatre, and the Jewish Repertory Theatre of WNY. He is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, and has served as Equity Liaison for the Buffalo-Rochester Area since 2010. As an improviser, he has trained under Susan Messing, Moira Dunphy, Jerry Schaefer, and the late great Frank McAnulty. Don is a founding member of Buffalo’s own Eclectic Improv Company and long-form duo Babushka, and has improvised with the likes of Jason Alexander, Phil Lamarr, Dan Castellaneta and Catherine O'Hara.
Curt Reidy is a filmmaker, comedy writer and performer in the Philadelphia area. A long-standing member of the sketch-comedy troupe High Dramma, Curt has performed in comedy festivals across Boston, Baltimore, Montreal and New York City. He’s also one of the co-producers of Philly Sketchfest, the city’s long-running sketch comedy festival. He's mentored 2 comedy teams for the Philly Improv Theater’s Iron Sketch Competition and has produced, directed and edited videos for several local sketch troupes, including The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie, Kathryn & Sarah and Patric Writes Sketches. Recently, he’s produced and edited a variety of comedic online spots for brands such as Land O’Lakes, Toys ‘R’ Us, Campbell’s and the NFL. As an actor/comedian, he’s appeared on television shows such as “The Rotten Tomatoes Show”, “Chain Reaction”, “Flight of the Conchords”, and “Conan”.