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Magnet is very excited to announce that the next season of Conservatory Circuit is now open for applications! What is Conservatory Circuit, you ask? Why, its just like the regular Circuit, except its open only to students who have been accepted into Magnets Conservatory program (Level 5 and above). Its an awesome way to work weekly with an ensemble and coach as well as get more reps under your belt. We highly recommend it!
What are you waiting for? Check out the details and apply now!
Questions, thoughts, comments, or concerns can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Were looking for eager improvisers (prerequisite: completion of Level 1) to participate in warm-ups and exercises run by the students in Armando Diazs coaching class. All the details are belowbut keep in mind that space is limited. Hope to see you there!
When to be available: Saturdays, Sept. 23rd through Oct. 28th from 4-6 pm (no class 9/30). Volunteers must be able to attend all sessions!
How to sign up: Simply send an email to email@example.com with the subject line: COACHING CLASS VOLUNTEER SEPT. 2017 Please include your full name and verify that you can attend all sessions.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at (212) 244-2400.
Part-Time Training Center Assistant (Evenings and Weekends)
- Knowledge of MS Office Suite (including Excel) and Google Apps
- Calmness and efficiency are highly prized!
- Of course, a sense of humor is a plus!
Please send a resume and cover letter to Amy Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priority will be given to resumes and cover letters received by September 13th. We will only be contacting candidates whom we wish to interview. Thank you!
Well folks, Remix is back for Vol. 2!
What is Remix?
Remix is the Magnet Theaters diversity sketch lab. For seven weeks participants will meet with Magnet Alumni and learn about sketch writing! We start with the basics of what makes a good sketch and take you through the process of writing, getting notes, editing, and performing! All participants will be eligible to have their sketch considered for the show at the end of the the lab, and all participants will have a chance to perform in the show!
Want to see some sketches that made it into last years show? Look here: Remix on YouTube
Who is this for?
Remixs aim is to lift voices of people from marginalized groups, and celebrate diversity of all types – including (but not limited to): race, age, gender identity, orientation, ability, and more!
But I Didnt Do Remix Vol. 1
Perfect! Theres no prior experience needed. People who participated last year are welcome to participate again, but well be covering a lot of the same ground.
But Ive Never Done Sketch Before
Its never too late to start! Remix is for people of all experience levels in sketch and comedy writing. Even if youve never done sketch comedy or if youre on a team at another theater, Remix is for you! All experience levels welcome.
OK But Whats the Catch?
Theres a tiny (less than $10) fee to pay for the show recording and our amazing tech.
To qualify for show participation, we require that you miss no more than 2 meetings and miss no more than 1 show.
But thats it! Any sketches written in the lab are yours to do with what you please and the seven weeks of classes are absolutely free!
Whoa, thats pretty sweet. How can I stay up to date on the info?
When does this party start!?
Remix Vol. 2 will be kicking off Saturday, September 23rd @ 12pm.
We’ll be meeting Saturdays from 12 – 3pm in the Magnet Theater Training Center, located at 22 West 32nd St.
And the shows?
Shows will be November 6th, 13th, and 20th at the Magnet Theater (main stage)!
We look forward to seeing all of you at the kickoff meeting 9/23!
The Remix Team
For the entire month of September, all room rentals at the Magnet Training Center are only $10 an hour! That’s right between the hours of 11AM and 11PM, seven days a week, every single one of our lovely rehearsal spaces is available for the low price of $10/hr. Rehearse at Magnet Training Center and save your hard-earned cash for that bus ticket home! Or a flight to Miami. Player’s choice. 😉
Actor and comedian, KEISHA ZOLLAR, joins host Louis Kornfeld to discuss the role of comedians in society, why she hates revenge stories, and the issue with overly dramatic art. Not only that, but they get to talking about how we give too much energy to our lizard brains and urge everyone out there to show your weird! This is our final episode of the season, but we’ll see you again in September. From all of us to all of you, thanks so much for listening and huzzah!
Our fabulous guest and intrepid host begin this episode laying out the three or four types of bad, real-world comedy and note that the bully flavor of funny still persists, despite how god-awful it is. Keisha posits that perhaps we, as comedians, need to rally a bit more against bullies and the behavior they propagate. She also says that Louis has an intense face and Louis seems to agree. They talk about being on all the time and how common folks expect comedians to behave day-to-day. They get into the role of comedians in society and the responsibilities that comedians and other creators take on by assuming the mantel. Such a conversation would be incomplete without mentioning identity politics and how the comedians ultimate job is to disrupt norms.
Pivoting like a member of Trump’s cabinet, Louis attempts to take a positive lesson away from the current hot mess that is the world around us. Keisha wisely points out that, growing up, no one ever told us why democracy could be bad, reminding us that every tool is also a weapon. She relates that she often feels we give too much energy to our lizard brain and not enough to our frontal lobe, which allows us to reason.
Speaking of lizard brains, Keisha tells us why revenge stories dont entertain her and why one of her favorites movies is Requiem For A Dream. She and Louis show appreciation for feeling your feelings in-the-moment, including the negative feelings like anger and sadness. Speaking further on this, Keisha shares a bit about her lifelong experience of recurring illness and living with an invisible disability, something she brings up to highlight the fact that it’s not all negative there are positives of that life experience and the perspective it gives her is invaluable. This sparks their both Louis and Keisha’s qualms with art that is overly dramatic, art that lacks the light we know to be present. As our episode comes to an end, we are reminded that the beauty of improv is that we are encouraged to show our weird, to show our uniqueness. Everyone has something. Accept your weird.
And finally, our host and guest share this special message with us, as we say goodbye to Season 3 of the Magnet Theater Podcast:
Go stare at a tree!
Sign up for Level One and get $50 off!
It’s the classic 12th Anniversary gift – $50 bucks off.
This sale is for all Level One classes. That includes Improv, Musical Improv, and Sketch Writing. Sign up for all three and save $150. Or sign up for 10 of them and save $500. Unreasonable? Hell yes. But signing up for one is not only not unreasonable it’s smart! Save money while falling in love with the most inspiring creative pursuit you can imagine. And while gaining skills that just might change your life.
When we began our theater in 2005, we never knew we’d grow into an organization with 250 performers, 22 teachers, and 80 million students annually. We tried not to, but it happened anyway. We started with Armando Diaz teaching one improv workshop and now we offer comprehensive training in improv, musical improv, sketch writing, storytelling and more. We think that studying with Magnet instructors is simply one of the best ways to improve your comedy, your art, your relationships, and your life.
That’s why we’re offering $50 off any Level One class (improv, musical improv, sketch comedy) when you register now. Our normally priced $399 classes are now $349. We’ve the same sale all summer and so many people took advantage of it, that we wanted to keep the good times rolling. We know that our entire community benefits from more people improvising and we want to make it as easy as possible to get started.
To view classes currently enrolling, click on the appropriate link below:
Our Level One Improv and Musical Improv classes are eight sessions with an additional graduation show at the end (no grad show for the sketch class, but it’s still amazing). And as always, free Intro to Improv classes are also available on a regular basis. Click here for details.
Say hello to all of our new Summer 2017 Circuit teams! Come see one of their shows, Fridays at 10 pm, July 21st through September 29th! YES!
Coach: Abby Russell
Coach: Michael Kroll
Coach: Rob Penty
David M. Freshwater
Team Boomhauer (musical)
Coach: Jacob Horn
Magnet performer, stand-up comedian, and author Jarret Berenstein joins host Louis Kornfeld in the most recent edition of the Magnet Theater Podcast. The conversation hits a lot on politics and how Jarret feels he sounds like a tin hat conspiracy theorist when discussing them. Check out this podcast to learn about Jarrets upcoming book about Kellyanne Conway, his early days as a stand up comic, and how he still plans on living in a mansion with Gwyneth Paltrow.
Jarret and Louis start out the podcast with a discussion on acting in sketches and the pros and cons of memorizing lines. Louis admits that memorizing lines in a whisper never works for when he actually needs to perform them out loud. Jarrett describes the mastery of learning all of your lines as its own kind of fun.
After the brief pre-podcast conversation, we learn that Jarret has a book coming out, “The Kellyanne Conway Technique: Perfecting the Ancient Art of Delivering Half-Truths, Fake News, and Obfuscation?With a Smile.” He was hired by the publishing company to make fun of Kellyanne Conway because knew someone at the publishing company who figured hed have time to do write the book. (Also, because he’s funny. Duh.) He discusses his frustration with watching her lies and getting even more frustrated with the fact that her candidate won.
They start to talk about revenge against comedians how unfunny people like Mike Huckabee and Kellyanne Conway are now trying to be comedic themselves. Jarret explains that he was unable to watch Kellyanne Conways stand-up comedy tape because he knew it would anger him too much. They discuss how the people who are considered funniest tend to be more liberal and how when conservatives make jokes they gain support not because people think they are funny but because people agree with them.
Louis thinks that Jarrett is very well-tempered when it comes to politics. We learn that Jarret spent all of November on Reddit and spent much of that time fighting with other users who he figures were Russians acting like Americans who support Trump, and how he realized it was such a waste of time. Though he was extremely angry, he realized that rage is not going to change anyones mind.
Jarret talks about his stand-up comedy and how he wants to start putting political humor into his act but he knows that when he starts talking about politics he sounds like a tin hat conspiracy theorist. He describes his faces in improv vs his faces in stand up. While he improvises, Jarret notices that he will break often and have a hard time not smiling because hes having fun. While in stand-up, he explains, his face is more Im looking at you in a serious way even though what I said was ridiculous.
Louis asks Jarret if he feels confident as a performer with ten years of stand-up comedy experience. Jarret thinks that he is and tells Louis about how comedians can grow as performers. Jarret reflects on starting out as a stand-up comedian at bringer shows and how embarrassing they are as a comic.
Despite his current focus on stand-up, Jarrets first love was improv. He talks about SNL, Comedy Central, listening to comedy albums about not even knowing what the jokes were about but liking the rhythm of stand-up. He remembers playing MASH with his friends where he ended up living in a mansion with Gwyneth Paltrow as a paid improviser. That would be the life.
To close out the podcast, Louis discusses Kliph Nesteroffs book “The Comedians” and how it does a great job going through the history of comedy. Jarret and Louis agree that relevance is an interesting aspect of comedy Jarret thinks that its weird that generations can grow up not seeing the best version of somebody.
Pick up Jarret’s book, “The Kellyanne Conway Technique” when it’s released in August and come to his book launch show at Magnet on Monday, 8/7, at 7:30 pm!
- Bill O'Reilly
- Block Party
- bringer shows
- Famous Dead People
- jarret berenstein
- junior varsity
- Kellyanne Conway
- Louis Kornfeld
- magnet theater
- magnet training center
- Mike Huckabee
- new york
- new york city
- political humor
- Radio Free Brooklyn
- stand up comedy
- The Kellyanne Conway Technique
- thursday night out
- Upright Citizens Brigade
Writer, performer, and avid footballer, LORENA RUSSI, joins host Louis Kornfeld to talk about making the world a better, more evolved place through comedy and how old they both feel. Lorena and Louis discuss how people often put others in easy-to-recognize boxes, why slower comedy appeals to them more, and Lorena’s experience writing for The Kat Call on YouTube. Tune in to hear them shake hands at the end!
Our episode kicks off with Louis mispronouncing Lorena’s name, but it’s okay because it leads to a great conversation on identity and the importance of her name. Sorry, Louis there’s no going back! Lorena describes her frustrations improvising as an alpha female […] masculine center person which gets them talking about how people very quickly and commonly put others into the most readily recognizable boxes available. Lorena touches on the common occurrence of having to be everyones source of information and how it can be exhausting to constantly explain things to people.
Lorena and Louis discuss improv as sport versus improv as theater and which parts of each tend to produce humor. Find out why Lorena prefers watching slower shows and why it’s harder for her to enjoy improv shows these days. Our heroes get to talking about entertainment overload and how digital platforms simultaneously wear us out and provide a higher level of accessibility to performers of color than ever before. Lorena calls out Master of None for not being very good and Louis calls the internet the cigarette of our generation. Wow. Hot takes all around! Contrasting the rapidity of the internet, Lorena and Louis chat about needing time to process things, a conversation that involves acknowledging sadness, using power words, and not allowing “darkness of the soul” to creep in too much.
Talking about Lorenas experience writing for The Kat Call, we hear about what a great environment it was to work in and how it was a part of an overall arc within Lorena’s comedy career of asking the question, What are we trying to say? After mentioning how old she feels for the third or fourth time, Lorena wonders how she might accomplish being less angry at the world. Stay tuned for further critiques and assessments on social media! She and Louis also tackle the concept of playing flawed characters on stage and how there is a responsibility to make sure the audience knows theyre flawed. This leads to discussing the responsibilities of making the world a better, more evolved place in general, but particularly for communities that are threatened. We almost go down a Trump rabbit hole, but pull up just in time! Louis says something mysterious and cool: that we have to “grieve the result of our nightmares.”
Finally, our host and wonderful guest attempt to end this episode on a positive note, but youll have to listen to see how they do. And of course, Evan takes a picture of Lorena and Louis for social media purposes!