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Saturday March 24, 2018, 9:00am - by Promo Team

Do you have your Passover plans locked down yet? Come spend the most miraculous Seder of your life with The Jewsical Seder with B’nai Magnet, Sunday March 25 at 6:15pm! We chatted with Russ Fedder to get all the fun deets.


 Is there something special about the chosen people that make them excellent musical improvisers?

Jews sing all the time. Too much, in fact. It’s how we spent the time wandering the desert for forty years.

What should the goys know about this show? Is there any terminology they can brush up on?

The show should be pretty inclusive! That being said, if anyone hears a funny-sounding word they don’t understand, it probably means either “messy” or “confusing”.

Is Frank Spitznagel actually a rabbi?

While he’s not ordained, he’s genuinely worked with Itzhak Perlman, which is close enough for us.

Tell us about B’nai Magnet’s mission statement.

B’nai Magnet is a group of musical improvisors hoping to share and heighten the joy of the holiday season with the masses. If people convert to Judaism as a result of seeing their shows, too, it’s a nice bonus.

Would you advise the audience to eat kosher for 24 hours before attending?

Absolutely. Leave your leavened bread at the door, folks. It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Kick off Passover the right way with The Jewsical Seder with B’nai Magnet, Sunday, March 25 at 6:15!


Thursday March 22, 2018, 10:00am - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

What’s your name?

Lauren Stripling.

Which team or show are you on?

Pyros, on Tuesdays at Musical Megawatt.

Where are you from?

Fort Worth, Texas, which is its own city and not just “part of Dallas,” I swear!

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

I’ve been a Story Pirate for about 9 years, and so have been surrounded by comedians from the Magnet forever. Then, about 4 and a half years ago I went to see a musical level 1 class show that my friend Louie Pearlman was big sibbing, and I thought it was absolute magic. I signed up for musical level 1 the next day.

How long have you been performing/writing?

The first musical I was ever in was when I was 3 and played Mrs. Duncan in an adaptation of “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.” Even then I was playing moms. Toddler typecasting! I mostly was a music kid growing up, and played the harp at people’s events during middle and high school. Then I really got into theater in high school because we had a phenomenal teacher (shoutout to Mr. Moore) who would do this sort of experimental theater stuff with us with a lot of movement and devising.

Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?

Jemaine Clement from Flight of the Conchords.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

I love doing accents. I’d love to do a Downton Abbey Maggie Smith or a show where Amélie is old but still an ingenue and nobody indulges her any more.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

When highbrow and lowbrow get smashed together. Absurdism. I love seeing a genius fall on their face.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

Currently listening to Janelle Monáe while filling this out, Punch Brothers and Beck also currently on high rotation. Also, the Judge John Hodgman podcast.

What’s something you’d ask when meeting someone for the first time?

What book they’re currently reading.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Doing an escape room or having a board game and wine party.

If you were in a circus, what job would you want?

Fire-breathing lion tamer!
Tuesday March 20, 2018, 10:00am - by Promo Team

What’s the best kind of birthday party? Why, a comedy birthday party of course! Jarret Berenstein is back with another birthday-themed variety show, The Fine Thirty-Nine, on Sunday March 25 at 9pm. Will there be sketch? Yes ma’am. Will there be stand up? You betcha. Will there be a party? Most def! Jarret spills the birthday beans below.

 Tell us about your show!

The Fine Thirty Nine is a birthday comedy show! It’s a combination of standup, sketches, special guests, and a variety of weird surprises. Plus there’s free beer!

This is the follow-up to last year’s show, The Great Thirty-Eight. Is it all new stuff, or are you up to your same old tricks?

All new stuff! I borrow a little from the format of The Great Thirty-Eight, but all the material in this show will be brand new, plus there are two standups (Matt Koff and Selena Coppock) who weren’t at the show last year and who are both super dope.

Do you anticipate doing more of these birthday shows? What titles do you have lined up?

I’d love to keep the tradition going if I can. Maybe “Hey shorty, it’s Forty” and “The Fun Forty One”? I’ll need to run those through the committee though.

What are you most excited for the audience to see? 

I wrote a book last year called The Kellyanne Conway Technique and one of the reviews on Amazon was so insane that I wrote a whole thing about it. There’s also gonna be an interview with a special guest that I think people are gonna love.

According to the poster, your show is made up of sketch, stand up, and a party. What’s the best party you’ve ever been to?

One time I went to a bar with some friends and this random woman was giving everybody free food and booze and forcing people to dance and do little contests. Turns out the woman was the owner and the bar was closing for good so she was just giving everything away. It was a real blowout, strangers were dancing and eating together, tons of fun, and then the next day the place was completely gone. I asked some dude where the bar went, and he was like “What? That bar burned down twenty years ago!” (That last part was a joke, but everything else was true.) Hope to see you all at the show!

Watch Jarret party on at The Fine Thirty-Nine, Sunday March 25 at 9:00pm at Magnet!

Monday March 19, 2018, 2:51pm - by Magnet Theater

Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new teams and additions for the Spring 2018 season of Megawatt, debuting this Wednesday, March 21st, at 7, 8, 9  and 10:15 pm. We hope to see you there!

Names in bold are new to Megawatt. Names with an asterisk* are returning to Megawatt. Names in italics are joining a preexisting team.


Peter Appleby*
Howard Finkelstein*
Chloe Metzger*
Sarah Poirier*
Billy Soco*
Melissa Ulloa
Peter Vale
Jeff Wucher



Janelle Bentley
Maggie Bower
Spencer Campbell*
Perri Gross
Alex Kornfeld
Henry Russell Bergstein
Michael Stevens
Jenny Stokka


New members have also been added to several existing teams:


Evan Forde Barden
Kristina Grosspietsch
Michael Lutton
Charlie Nicholson
Dmitry Shein
Collin Batten
Liz Migliaccio
Jamaal Sedayao*



Katy Berry
Christina Dabney
Tim Dufrisne
Eleanor Lewis
Rob Penty
Fred Urfer
Derrence Washington
Kyle Gordon
Erin Marie Nebel



Alex Braslavsky
Jarreau Carrillo
Hillary Dale
Princess Gibbs
Amanda Rothman
Keith Rubin
Danielle Wessler
Jessica Taylor



Matt Abedi
Kim Brown
Molly Kiernan
Devin O’Neill
Xavier Padin
Adam Pasulka
Dede Tabak
Tom Sanchez
Friday March 9, 2018, 2:47pm - by Promo Team

Did you catch (and love) Moonlight last month? Don’t be sad to see it go, because it’s not gone—it’s evolved into Gassed Up with Good At Sports and it’s on every Saturday at 10:30 pm! Moonlight director, John Ross, is here fill you in.

How has this group evolved since coming together for the Director Series show Moonlight?

Same group new night and time. The biggest change is now I get to play with the team!

What’s your favorite memory from Moonlight’s Director Series run?

Easily every time the audience and actors broke because the scripted line was a perfect response to the improvised line. The room practically explodes and it’s the best feeling for everyone.

Is it comforting to ditch the gravid water format? Or more challenging?

A little bit of both to be honest. We were just getting used to having to cold read scripts, so it’s a bit of an adjustment to go back to pure improv. That being said, we are having fun just playing with each other, and not having to worry about printing scripts each week, haha.

Tell us more about the improv form you’re performing. Why did you choose this form?

Right now we are rotating through some forms, monologue deconstruction, Spokane, and Montage. We like these 3 because they all give us a lot of freedom given that the team is so big (10 people total). We also want to showcase minority talent and play-styles that don’t often get a main stage opportunity. However, we do plan on doing at least 1 edition of Gassed up in the Moonlight form though.

Out of all of the members of Good at Sports, who’s the best at sports?

This is a very good question. We all are. We’re a group of olympians each specializing in a different event. Like a justice league of comedy and athleticism. We’ve got a breakdown and everything:
Saidah – Zatanna
Lanee’ – Wonder Woman
Essence – Green Lantern
Erica – The Flash (Wally West)
Alexis – Martian Manhunter
Dahlia – Dr. Fate
Nat – Atom
Michael – Green Arrow
John – Superman
Randy – Batman

Feed your car and feed your mind with Gassed Up with Good At Sports, every Saturday at 10:30!

Thursday March 8, 2018, 10:00am - by Promo Team

Welcome to Magnet’s “Getting To Know” series! We’re using our blog to highlight our fabulous performers and writers and we can’t wait for you to meet them. Want to see them all? Click here.

What’s your name?

Ingrid Ostby.

Which team or show are you on?

I perform every Wednesday at Megawatt with my beloved team, Tallulah.

Where are you from?

Flint, Michigan. (Yes, Michael Moore and bad water. I know.)

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

One day in a college computer class, out of curiosity, I looked up how Tina Fey and Amy Poehler got their start. I had grown up watching SNL and embarrassing my friends by turning it on at college parties, and I had a crush on Jimmy Fallon that I suspect was just a desire to do exactly what he did. Fey and Poehler started out doing improv in Chicago, so I looked up what clubs (like extracurriculars, not bars) at my alma matter, Michigan State, focused on doing improv. There was only one, and the picture made it look extremely embarrassing (I think they wore … costumes …?). It was also defunct. So I looked into Second City approximately 8,000 times and, once I graduated, I moved to Chicago to do comedy.

How long have you been performing/writing?

I’ve been performing improv and sketch for [coughing to disguise words] over eleven years.

Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?

My ideal improv scene partner would be Jet Eveleth of the Reckoning, because she was one of my mentors in Chicago years ago and I think she is one of the finest improvisers out there. My ideal writing partner is my friend Meghan from back in Chicago. She’s now in social work, but she is the best human I know of and we used to write shows together, and it was the time of our lives. These aren’t famous people, so if you are thirsting for those, I would say 1. Angela Lansbury and 2. Bob Newhart or John Mulaney.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

As far as who I’d most like to impersonate, my dream would be for Lady Gaga to forever stay relevant because she has a very specific, crackly speaking voice and accent I find extremely pleasant to listen to and it’s fun to attempt to do. My favorite person to write for so far in life has been my pal Dennis Pacheco. He’s a character as it is and a great actor and plays great weirdos and great regular dudes. Plus he’s great at table reads, which is an extremely undervalued skillset.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

This video.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

It would for sure have some garage-y lo-fi female-led pop-y stuff in there. It would probably have some Jon Brion, too. Maybe some Fiona Apple sprinkled in for good measure. Fabolous would probably make an appearance. But I dunno, depends on how I’m feeling. Maybe it’ll all be Gambino.

What’s something you’d ask when meeting someone for the first time?

I like knowing what people do outside of work hours. I think that says a lot about a person. But “Hey what do you do when you get out of work?” is pretty weird to ask off the bat, so I’d probably just ask them their name and how they know Sandra who’s graciously hosting us this evening.

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

Saturday is my get-shit-done day. I have the most energy on Saturdays. It’s the best day!!! That said, I’m a woman over 30 who is tired of socializing every single night of the week, so ideally I’d be with a very small group in a cozy, quiet-ish place talking a lot about nothing. Otherwise I’ll just be on my couch or at a movie.

If you were a super villain, what would your schtick be?

If I were a super villain, I’d force all the Avengers to retire because they’ve been given far too much screen time.


Tuesday March 6, 2018, 3:57pm - by Promo Team

MOXIE opens Monday March 12th! For the next three Mondays at 9:00 at the Magnet, see original sketch shows developed by teams formed through Moxie, the female-identifying, non-binary, and trans sketch lab! Congratulations to the participants and directors!

Monday March 12th
The Mad Donnas and Clit Eastwood

Monday March 19th
Ryan Gosling’s Spank Bank and The Mad Donnas

Monday March 26th
Clit Eastwood and Ryan Gosling’s Spank Bank


The Mad Donnas
Directors: Alex Stark, Liz Haag, Megan Gray

Writers: Ruthie Dreyer, Kay Mollica, Claire Matson, Beth Heller, Morgan Sobel & Kate de Longpre’, Julia Schroeder, Jenn Seide

Performers: Angelica Florio, Morgan Sobel, Alina Konon, Vassileia Kazee, Talia Kwartler, Emily Heider, Jamie Genoa, Kerri Kenny, Alex Schulte, Laura Fabius, Kay Mollica, Margaret Taormina, Claire Matson, Beth Heller, Susan Burns, Julia Schroeder, Dorrie Jankowski, Jenn Seide, Ruthie Dreyer, Shevone Adams


Clit Eastwood
Directors: Amanda Xeller, Chloe Koser, Gina Cucci

Writers: Deborah Lohse, Hailey McAfee, Jen Shamro, Jenice Matias, JoAnn DeLuna, Kelli Argott, Kristina Stasi, Laura Brehm

Performers: Ande Cousins, Carly Hampton, CJ Archuleta, Deborah Lohse, Elaine Bledsoe, Hailey McAfee, Jeffrey Elizabeth Copeland, Jen Shamro, Jenice Matias, JoAnn DeLuna, Kelli Argott, Kristina Stasi, Laura Brehm, Paige Smith-Hogan, Rebecca Weiser


Ryan Gosling’s Spank Bank
Directors: Virginia Dickens, Jackie Skinner, Aimee Lutkin

Writers: Alison Badrous, Emily Dalton, Becky Davidson, Mallory McAfee, Meredith Spencer, Sasha Stewart, Alison Williams

Performers: Kendra Augustin, Alison Badrous, Hannah Bell, Alyssa Briddes, Magda Cychowski, Emily Dalton, Becky Davidson, Hannah Goldman, Lesley Hennen, Tea Ho, Heather Johnson, Nicole Matarese, Mallory McAfee, Kelsey Rodriguez, Hannah Sheehan, Meredith Spencer, Jasmin Stanley, Sasha Stewart, Nina Wanat, Joy Weeeng

Sunday March 4, 2018, 1:34pm - by Magnet Theater


Magnet Theater is now accepting applications for the 2018 spring season of Megawatt. Please fill out THIS FORM no later than THURSDAY, MARCH 8th to apply for an audition slot. Auditions will take place on Thursday 3/15 (evening) and Friday 3/16 (evening), with callbacks being Saturday, March 17th (time TBD).

Anyone who has completed Team Performance Workshop is eligible to apply, though please note that a completed form does not guarantee an audition slot. Due to the high volume of eligible improvisors and a limited number of slots, priority will be given to students and performers who have most recently been on a Megawatt team or completed Team Performance Workshop.

CLICK HERE to apply.

Wednesday February 28, 2018, 12:10pm - by Megan Gray

Musical Megawatt - Musical Improv

We are excited to announce the next round of auditions for Musical Megawatt!

This season, auditions will take place on Saturday, March 24th, 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm, with callbacks on Sunday, March 25th at the same time.  Both rounds of auditions will be at the Magnet Training Center, located at 22 West 32nd Street on the 10th Floor.

To submit for an audition time, please fill out THIS FORM!

Please note only people who have completed Musical Improv Level 3 at Magnet are eligible to audition.

Submissions must be received by Wednesday, March 14th, and emails with assigned audition times will be sent out on Friday the 16th.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email Michael Lutton at

We look forward to seeing you at auditions!

Tuesday February 20, 2018, 10:00am - by Promo Team

Ever wanted to dip your toe into the world of Musical Improv? There’s no better place to start than The Magnet Musical Improv All-Stars Spectacular!, this Friday, Feb. 23 at 7! Creator and director Nikita Burdein illuminates the rollercoaster of fun (and music!) below.


The Magnet has a really amazing Musical Improv program, and it’s one you’re heavily involved in. Tell us a little about your experience with musical ‘prov at Magnet.

I first heard of and came to the Magnet Theater because of their Musical Improv Program. It was (and still is) the only theater that has one night a week dedicated exclusively to Musical Improv, complete with a full band, and I wanted to be a part of that. I got cast on Wonderland in 2013 and we are now the oldest Musical team at Magnet. Oh boy! I’ve also been lucky enough to do various other Musical Improv shows at the Magnet including The Made-Up Musical, and currently Premiere: The Improvised Musical on Fridays. I also teach Musical Improv Levels 1 and 2 at the Magnet! So I like it a lot.

I have met so many amazing people through the Magnet Musical Improv Program. They are so talented and have the best personalities and they all have Musical comedy in their heart and soul, so that’s a great creative energy to be around.

This is a variety show! What can we look forward to seeing?

Variety is right. Every show will be different but there’s a few staples to look for.

You’ll see a one night only mash-up cast perform a long-form fully improvised narrative musical. But before they do that, they will play short form games, perform musical sketches and characters, share videos they’ve made, and sing all sorts of types of songs, some improvised and some not. The cast is always changing and each new cast is encouraged to bring something they are excited about sharing with the world, whether its a video, sketch, song, or whatever else.

Can you share a highlight from the first show?

There were too many to name just one. I think seeing this nine people cast collaborate together as amazingly as they did for the first time ever on stage was a definite highlight. Balancing a nine person cast in a narrative is not easy (our Tuesday teams have a maximum of seven people), but they made it look effortless because they are all-stars.

What inspired you to create the Spectacular?

I was amazed by the amount of talent we had performing every Tuesday and wanted to showcase them, their musical improv skills, but also their other creative endeavors; Video Work, Original Songs, Characters. People were doing interesting things and I thought it’d be fun to put them all together.

Then I really enjoy those mashup improv shows that crop up every holiday season, where they put people from various teams onto one super-team, and said let’s do that too.

Then I wanted it to have a little more audience engagement so there’s a short form game in the show.

Then I put other things in the show that I love, like “Solo Spot Songs” and “having a host” and “an element of surprise for the cast.”

Finally, I wanted the audience to get to know the performers in a different way than a long-form piece alone allows. So that’s part of it too. The audience will get to know these players and then they’ll see them perform an amazing Musical Improv Long-form Narrative.

If you don’t know much about musical improv, can you still enjoy the show?

Yes. We will have a host who will introduce each act so no one will be lost. There’s singing and dancing. If you hate singing and dancing, there’s comedy. If you don’t like any of those three things, then it’s not for you.

We’ve heard a scandalous rumor that the name of show may be changing soon.

Yes. The Magnet Musical Improv All-Stars Spectacular is getting a new name. I think it will be revealed at our next show. Something a little peppier, although I do love how descriptive this first title was.


Be dazzled and/or bedazzled at The Magnet Musical Improv All-Stars Spectacular! on Friday, February 23 at 7:00 at Magnet!