When we think of improvisation, our instinct is always “make it funny.” However, this goal most often has the opposite effect. Approaching a scene as a mine for bits, or a pedestal for laughs can often alienate our partners and, more importantly, the audience. Most of the comedies that we really love, we find funny because we enjoy seeing people in believable situations, behaving in ways we can relate to. This requires creating a world of emotions and relationships and trusting that, if we truly are listening and in the moment, people will recognize it and laugh. And they do. Of course, there is room for fun in all shows., but the show becomes more memorable if it is full of scenes with substance that showcase us as artists with thought, and not a bunch of comedians desperate for laughs.
Rob Belushi and Tim Stoltenberg (Sheldon)
2:00 PM Saturday August 26 at Comedy City
Skill Level: Advanced
Sheldon’s two-man improvisation show is a theatrically grounded long-form performance blended with new-school Chicago speed. They have taught improv for the Second City in Chicago, Las Vegas, Detroit and Hollywood and taught workshops at The Torch Theater (Phoenix), The Dallas Comedy House, Oklahoma City Improv, at all of the festivals they have appeared at, The New Movement in New Orleans, and Improv Vegas. Rob is a graduate of the esteemed School at Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf Theater, Chicago) as well as IO CHICAGO, The ANNOYANCE THEATER and the Second City Conservatory and Wesleyan University (CT). Before working for Second City, Tim matriculated from St. Norbert’s College (WI) to Atlanta where he was the Improv Director at Dad’s Garage.
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