Improv TIp #146 – How To Unstick Your Improv (w/Jay Sukow) (2020)

Improv, Improv Comedy, Improvisation – whatever you call it, we’re here to help. In this week’s improv tip, guest tipper Jay Sukow gives some advice for unsticking your improv. It happens to everyone one the improv game, but the solution is simple; go back to basics. Whether you’re doing improv comedy, playing improv games, using improv in your acting classes, or expressing yourself with some other kind of improvisation, you are going to love this tip. This is a great improv for beginners tip.

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Jay Sukow has been performing with and without a script for the better part of the past 28 years. A few of those he has trained with include Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Jon Farrah, David Razowsky, Keith Johnstone, Del Close, Charna Halpern, Jeff Michalski and Mick Napier. He is a graduate of training centers of The Second City, The Second City NW, iO Chicago, and ComedySportz Chicago.
He teaches at Second City Hollywood, Westside Comedy Theater and Today Improv. His students include everyone from beginners to the most experienced performers.
Jay was the Artistic Director/Head of Training at the Improv Comedy Copenhagen Theatre, where he taught improv and sketch comedy to expats from all around the world. He previously taught for Second City Chicago, Second City Hollywood, Westside Comedy Theater, iO Chicago (where he was also head of its artistic committee), iO West and ComedySportz Chicago.
Jay has taught at many improv festivals around the world, including the Oslo Impro Festival, the Copenhagen International Improv Festival, the Barcelona Improv Festival and the Chicago Improv Festival. He is the winner of The Golden Pineapple, awarded to the best visiting teacher at Improv Comedy Copenhagen.
At the Westside Comedy Theater, Jay is in the cast of Mission Improvable and Improv Famous, an Armando-style show featuring some of the best improvisors on the planet. He is also part of the duo Zer0 H0ur with Bill Chott and was an ensemble member of ComedySportz Chicago, several weekend “house” improv teams at iO Chicago and many other improv and sketch comedy groups. He is the co-host of ImprovCast with Jay and Landon.
He has been a guest performer at Boom Chicago, the Second City, the Second City ETC, the Second City Northwest and Messing with a Friend. He was featured in the improv documentary “Whether the Weather”and was a guest on the improv podcasts “Improv Nerd”, “ADD Comedy”, “The Improv Teachers”, “Improv Yak” and more.
He is the founder of Today Improv and has extensive experience helping businesses drive behavior change through improvisational philosophies and exercises.
Jay has directed the feature film “Trubadeaux: A Restaurant Movie”, several webisodes and various sketch and improv groups, including several corporate clients.
He has two kids who live in LA and loves Beastie Boys.

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