Improv Basics | Workshop

Upright Citizens Brigade Performance Workshop: Improv Basics

Professional improv teams create dynamic, engaging comedy onstage, entirely on the spot — no script, no rehearsal. We’ll lift the curtain and show you how to do it yourself, using the fundamental principles of improv. You’ll end up much more comfortable in front of an audience, during meetings and on conference calls. (And you’ll probably be funnier too.)

What You Will Learn 

  • How to set the scene

  • The rule of “Yes, and…”

  • How to find the story that’s worth telling in any situation

  • How to heighten and explore what’s compelling about a given story

  • The difference between characters and caricatures

  • How to mine experiences, observations and behaviors for story ideas

Workshop Structure

  • Workshops run between 90 and 120 minutes and are led by one UCB instructor

  • There is a maximum of 20 participants per instructor

Want To Learn More / Purchase This Workshop?

  • If you’re interested in purchasing this workshop for your agency, please complete this request form and someone from the 4A’s Learning & Development Team will schedule an intro call to discuss your needs and confirm pricing.

Note about pricing: No out-of-pocket expenses (such as meals, travel, hotel, printed materials, facility space if required, etc.) are included in the workshop fee. Those costs will be billed by the facilitator to agency separately.

About the Upright Citizens Brigade


The Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) is the comedy powerhouse founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. We run two theaters in New York and two in LA, where we feature improv and sketch comedy seven nights a week. We also operate the only accredited sketch and improv training school in the country, with classroom facilities on both coasts. In addition to our classes and live comedy performances, we work with brands, ad agencies, media companies and universities. We run a branded content unit/TV production studio and a touring company that performs at theaters and colleges. Our improv workshops are the de facto standard for corporate training and team building.