From our Level 1 Instructor Ben Bowman:
I'm Ben Bowman. I've been performing and directing improv and sketch in Chicago since 2000. I've taken ridiculously extensive notes as I burned through Second City, The Annoyance and iO. I've studied with Chicago's best teachers and played on nearly every stage in the city. I've regurgitated much of my experience on The Boiling Point Improv Blog (https://boilingpointimprov.wordpress.com/) . (Jimmy Carrane himself called it "a mini-master class in comedy.") Now, I'm teaching Level One at Under the Gun Theater in Wrigleyville. I'd like you to take my class. Here's why...
* My main goal is to make improvisation simple. I want to rid your brains of all the confusing junk you've been saddled with. I will teach you how to sharpen the top of your scene so everything after that is smooth.
* I have a ton of performance experience. Yes, you could fall on your face for years and learn the stuff I learned the hard way, but I have dozens of shortcuts to spare you that pain.
* I know the curriculum of the other theaters in town. If you're confused how a note you got at Annoyance applies to a scene you tried at iO, I can help bridge the gap. I can also distill the wisdom of incredible teachers who have since moved on.
* Our classes are comparatively cheap. With us, you pay just $25 a class. And since every class is three hours, you're paying just $8.33 an hour. That's MATHEMATICALLY CORRECT. Tuition discounts are available if you sign up before January 1. (Annoyance is $200/class, iO is $295/class, Second City is $355/class. We are just $125/class if you sign up early.)
* You are not going to be a nameless drone in the crowd. You won't have to fight thousands of other students for stage time or individual attention. Under the Gun is a nurturing environment and you'll get honest-to-God shows in front of audiences starting in Level Two.
If that sounds good, click here (https://www.underthegun.theater/levelone-game/) and sign up for Level One. I'll be your teacher if you sign up for the Tuesday class, but our other teachers are also awesome and energetic.
Thanks for reading. I hope to see some of you as we take off in 2017!