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The New York Musical Improv Festival (NYMIF), now in its ninth year is making its return to the Magnet Theater this Thursday, October 19 – 22.
Showcasing more than 230 of the biggest and brightest musical comedy performers from around the U.S, Canada and Germany, this year’s festival will feature everything from traditional musical theatre fare à la Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, to adrenaline-pumping rap battles and Hamilton-esque- style improvised historical “Hip-Hoperas!”
Festival favorites such as Baby Wants Candy (with cast members whose credits include Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show, 30 Rock, The Colbert Report and Broadway’s “Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson,” sensational improvisational vocalist, Mikki Hommel who toured the US and Europe with Dweezil Zappa, and Improvised Sondheim Project (comprised of performers and faculty from legendary improv training ground The Second City in Chicago) will return alongside North Coast! – fresh off their Off-Broadway run at The Connelly Theater.
New additions to this year’s festival include, LA’s award-winning team, Robot Teammate – (creators of #TURBULENCE running Off Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse, ) Your Love, Our Musical , ( who recently appeared on Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listings” ) and American Immigrants, feat. Anthony Veneziale, (known for his work in Freestyle Love Supreme with Lin Manuel Miranda and other Hamiltonians.
Ticket information, show schedules and other event details can be found at www.nymif.com.
Full list of performers…
Baby Wants Candy (NYC), The Improvised Sondheim Project (Chicago), American Immigrants (SanFrancisco), NORTH COAST Presents ANYBODY: An Improvised Historical Hip-Hopera (NYC),Your Love, Our Musical (NYC), The Armando Diaz Experience: Musical Edition (NYC), Robot Teammate and the Accidental Party (L.A.), Vox Pop (Washington, DC), Mansical (Chicago), Mikki Hommel (NYC), Murder ‘Til Death (San Diego), Olivia Benson (NYC), Wonderland (NYC), Hot Mess (Kansas City/Chicago), Good Catch (NYC), ImprovBoston (Boston), Premiere: The Improvised Musical (NYC), PYROS (NYC), IMMIGRANTS, THE MUSICAL! (PART 1) (Austin, TX), VERN (NYC), RoboPop (NYC), After Hours (Oklahoma City), Public Pool (NYC), Bookends: A Musical Journey (NYC/San Francisco), COMMITMENT PANTS (Chicago), Mr. Kitty (NYC), Hansbury and Slack Present THE MOMENT: An Improvised Musical Play (NYC), Oh My Lanta (Chicago), Girls Girls Girls (Austin, TX), Warm Blooded (NYC), James and Then Also Stoddy, Too (NYC), Pitch, Please!!! (L.A.), Grammalot (Pittsburgh), Eastwood (Chicago), SideCar (International Ensemble) and Trudy Carmichael’s Musical Mixer (Las Vegas).
The New York Musical Improv Festival will also be featuring up and coming performers in the NYMIF I.P.O. (Initial Public Offering). Performing this year are Door #3 (Washington, DC), Large Mouth Bass (Providence, RI), Noice! (NYC) and Redshirts (NYC).
Armando Diaz Experience: Musical Edition – On Thursday, October 19 at 9:00pm, a musical edition of the classic “Armando” form which originated at the iO (formerly known as ImprovOlympic) in Chicago. Musical improvisors will work off of the words of a special guest Monologist to create a fully realized One Night Only musical!
Musical Inspirado – On Thursday, October 19 at 11:00pm, the only MUSICAL improv competition in the world! This year four musical improv teams: Warm Blooded (Magnet, NYC), Hot Mess (Kansas City/Chicago), Oh My Lanta (Chicago), Mr. Kitty (PIT, NYC) will each accept one challenge and battle it out for the audience’s approval. Once all of the votes have been tallied, one victor shall be awarded the highly coveted Dale North Memorial Trophy. Don’t miss your chance to see what will be the best competitive meeting of improvised musicals of the century!
SideCar: International Ensemble – On Saturday, October 21 at 7:00pm, a team of improvisers from all over the U.S., Canada and Germany, will come together from their corners of the earth to create an exciting, (possibly multi-lingual,) One-Night- Only, completely improvised musical performance! Directed by Nikita Burdein
Trudy Carmichael’s Musical Mixer – On Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:30pm, this late night festival favorite, now in its ninth year, challenges you to try your lady (and manly) luck at making up music with some of the finest Musical Improvisers in the country. Anyone can sign up to perform – even if it’s your first time! Keep your bankroll stashed because admission to the Mixer is 100% FREE! Hosted by Las Vegas Lounge Legend and lush, Miss Trudy Carmichael and her trusty sidekick, T.J. with The Magnet Musical Mixer Orchestra, a 5-piece band led by the incomparable Frankie Keys, providing improvised musical accompaniment throughout the night!
Ever wonder how our graphics game could possibly be so on point? Its all thanks to our amazing team of designers and illustrators. And now, you can be one of them!
Were looking for talented folks to volunteer their time and skills as part of Magnets graphics team. You can earn credits toward free classes (if youre into that sort of thing) or you can simply enjoy the internal rewards of seeing your work displayed all around the theater and website. Whatever makes you feel alive!
The graphics team helps us out with the visual needs of the theaterwhether its branding new programs, updating our existing art, or creating show promotions and campaigns.
The time commitment is on a project basis, so take on work as your schedule allowswere cool with that. Plus, not gonna lie, theres a lot of cool stuff coming up.
To apply, send a resume and a link to your portfolio to Evan Barden at email@example.com and please provide a brief summary of your involvement at Magnet (if any). Were excited to hear from you!
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.
Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new teams and additions for the Fall 2017 season of Musical Megawatt, debuting this Tuesday, October 3rd, 7pm and Megawatt, debuting this Wednesday, October 4th, 7pm. We hope to see you there.
Names with a caret^ are new to Megawatt. Names with an asterisk* are returning to Megawatt.
NEW TEAM ELVIS
NEW TEAM GOUDA
NEW TEAM ASIAGO
Chris De La Cruz^
NEW TEAM CHEDDAR
Some of our existing teams have received new members. Names in italics are joining a preexisting team.
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.
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.
Who the heck are ya?
How long have you all been performing together?
The Cast started as a Director Series in May of 2015, and was added as an official weekend show in the fall of that same year.
Who would be your ideal guest to perform with?
The list is long! To name a few: Tami Sagher, Rachel Dratch, Maya Rudolph, Lauren Lapkus, Carol Burnett, Kate Winslet, Lucille Balls ghost, and of course Benedict Cumberbatch.
What was your second choice for a name of the show?
I had to search my email for it, but I think the working title was “Onstage/Backstage.” I also found a brainstorming email chain with Chrissie Gruebel in which we alternatively threw out these** additional gems: Behind the Scenes, Cause a Scene, Make a Scene, Line!, On in Five, Off and On, Between Scenes, Players, The Show Must Go On, Curtain Up, Everyones Period Just Started, The Spotlight, 15 Minutes, The Original Queens of Drama, The Thing, and Staged. **All but one of these is real.
Whats the best part about performing at Magnet Theater?
The Magnet is home to so many incredible, creative, interesting and supportive artists. We truly feel that this is a community in which we can take risks and be supported not only for the final product but for the risk-taking itself. That’s been essential for this show to thrive.
If there was a biopic about your team, what would it be titled?
We Like Each Other…Too Much
Describe the soundtrack to said biopic!
We’re pretty into Kesha’s “Woman” these days. Also, does she not spell it K$sha anymore? Why not? Also, we know this isnt a soundtrack, its just a song. But its our biopic so we can do what we want. Get off our back.
What makes your group laugh the most?
If you could have a mascot for your shows, who or what would it be?
A girl’s aged 9-12 soccer team just after they’ve had their oranges and have all that natural sugar racing through their veins.
When can we see you perform?
Every Saturday night at 10:30pm at the Magnet! And occasionally at improv festivals around the country and in Canada! It’s not that we’re opposed to going outside of North America, we just haven’t been invited anywhere else yet, hint hint hint.
Anything else you all want to add?
We do occasional bake sales to raise money for causes we care about. We also do a [somewhat] monthly jam for any and all female-identifying improvisers; they’re super fun, and we’d love to see you there! Also, coming to The Cast isnt just about laughing (which youll do! we promise!) its also about being part of a brand new never-to-be-seen-again full theatrical production, put on by people who like each other too much and are all on their periods at the same time. Beat that.
Matt Koff is a comedian, recovering improviser, and Emmy-award winning writer for his work on The Daily Show. As one of the first Magnet students, Matt brings his comedy back to the theater for a stand-up comedy series. “Matt Koff & Friend” features a half hour of comedy from Koff himself, as well as another half hour from a comedian of his choice.
How long have you been performing stand-up comedy?
For about 7 years now. I had been doing sketch and improv for about 5 years prior to that. I’m old. Older than the Tennessee Valley herself, some might say.
How would you compare the NYC stand-up scene from when you first started to now?
Can you tell us about a time that you bombed on stage?
When did you start taking classes at Magnet Theater? Did you learn anything from the classes that you still use in your work today?
What does stand-up comedy bring to you that improv does not?
Who would be your ideal guest to perform the 2nd half hour on Matt Koff & Friend?
Adam Wade. And I was lucky enough to get him!
How do you like performing stand-up in an improv theater setting?
I like it a lot. The audiences are really smart, and there are very few drunk bachelorette parties in the audience who interrupt my set and laugh at the wrong parts of the joke. Quiet, ladies! “So I just had arm surgery” is not a punchline!
Come see Matt Koff & Friend Monday September 18th at 9pm with special guest Adam Wade!
Musical Megawatt performer Chris Bell bares all about his his upcoming show Comic Strips. With the help of his friends, Chris combines the styles of burlesque and game shows into a night of fun and laughter. This comedy boylesque show will make its Magnet Theater premiere Friday, September 15th, at 11:15pm.
What is Comic Strips and when did it become a show at the Magnet Theater?
Comic Strips is a comedy boylesque & game show. Itll be a night of odd character stripteases and bawdy games hosted by the fabulous Madame Jiji. The night will really be an experiment of an idea I had years ago (more on this to come later) and is the shows birthday so if you want to see how babies are made, come to the show!
Disclaimer: Actual babies will not be made at this show.
What kind of games will you be playing during Comic Strips?
There will be games of mystery and intrigue, exocitc games from the ancient tribes of South East Africa, but most importantly, there will be games that arent any of those just mentioned. The games well play will be dumb, fun, and sexualy suggestive cause, hey, this is partly a burlesque show after all!
What inspired you to combine boylesque with comedy?
The idea came to me maybe 10 years ago when a good friend called me up and asked if I knew someone who would strip for her best friends birthday party…but dressed as a Hasidic Jew. I thought this was hilarious so naturally I had to do it. We all ended up having a blast and I wondered how it was possible that there wasnt a NYC company out there offering this service. Funny character stripteases that is. Fast forward 10 years later; Ive quit my job and Im putting together a prototype of that company to see if the idea has legs. Comic Strips (this Friday night @ 11:15pm, be there) is the beginning of my frankenstein monster. Will it break loose and wreak havoc on the streets of New York? I hope so!
But you know, like a positive havoc.
Who would be your ideal guest for Comic Strips?
Darth Vader hands down, because wouldnt it be fun to take a ride on the Dark side?
What does it mean for you to have a Friday night spot at the Magnet Theater?
It means a lot of work! #JesusBeAXanax
No, Im very excited to be able to do this show at the Magnet. Its a great community to be a part of and what better place to do an experimental show than at my favorite comedy safe space and no, I am not getting paid to say that.
(ll-Iay ick-pay p-uay he-tay eck-chay omorrow-tay.)
Besides boylesque and improv, have you performed in other types of shows?
My educational background is theater so in college I performed in several types of shows from dance shows to musicals to plays. Ive done a few summer stock seasons of musicals as well as a year of childrens theater in Lexington Kentucky before I moved to NYC. Ive been in New York for 10 years now and have produced, directed, and acted in various projects both for the stage and screen. A couple of random voiceover gigs too which were a blast including a recent video game you can find on Steam called The Low Road.
And now for the biggest confession of all, Ive never actually performed burlesque so (prepare yourself for another shameless plug) come this Friday at 11:15 pm to see if I succeed or fail. Either way, it should be entertaining!
What do you want audience members to take away from the show – that they wouldnt normally from a traditional improv/ sketch show?
I guess Comic Strips is celebration of the human body and sexuality. But most importantly, I want it to be a shit ton of fun. Not too different from any other comedy show right?
Comic Strips debuts at the Magnet Theater on Friday September 15 at 11:15pm. Don’t miss it!
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!
Magnet Theater is now accepting applications for the 2017 fall season of Megawatt. Please fill out THIS FORM no later than WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th to apply for an audition slot. Auditions will take place on Thursday 9/28 (evening), Friday 9/29 (evening), and Saturday 9/30 (morning/early afternoon), with callbacks being Saturday, September 30th (afternoon/evening).
Anyone who has completed Team Performance Workshop (Magnet Level Six) 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.
Audition date/time confirmations will be sent out by FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22nd.
CLICK HERE to apply.