The Comedy Spot improv program offers benefits or everyone, from the non-performer to those aspiring to be on stage and screen. Curious, but not ready to fully dive in? Check out Improv Taste Test, our weekly drop-in class.

For those wanting to see themselves on the Comedy Spot stage, you can study our core classes with the goal of auditioning for our Harold program.

Visit our Classes page for more school info and to learn about all of our course offerings.
Diversity scholarship opportunities are available for all tuition-based classes.

CORE CLASSES

IMPROV 101: The Basics

CLASSROOM COURSE – $155

8 sessions, 2 hours each | 7:00pm-9:00pm
Prerequisite: None | Students: 12

Improv 101 classes are currently postponed.

This eight-week Improv 101 course is the perfect fit for everyone! We teach you all the basics of improv. Basically, you are going to laugh for two hours each week and play like a kid! You will learn how to create comedy scenes off the top of your head, with no preparation or planning, inspired by students’ true stories. You will learn basic improv skills, like accepting and building on other student ideas, establishing and playing the pattern of the scene, and heightening your pattern from grounded to crazy town. You want to just have fun? You want to perform someday? This class is for everyone! Okay, let’s do this. Register. Stop messing around. Annnd, go!

AUGUST 6  •  Thursdays
Instructor: Justine Lopez
Meets: August 6, 13, 20, 27, September 3, 10, 17, 24

 Location: Comedy Spot Main Theater – 1050 20th Street #130, Sacramento 95811

Before you register, please note the following guidelines:

  • All students and instructors will be required to wear a mask or other appropriate face covering throughout the duration of their class.
  • Classes will accommodate social distancing between individuals.
  • You should not participate in class if you are sick and/or have a temperature, or have been in contact with someone who is sick and/or has a temperature. Health screenings will be conducted prior to classes (touchless temperature readings and questions).

IMPROV 201: Scene Work

CLASSROOM COURSE – $175

8 sessions, 2 hours each 7:00pm-9:00pm
Prerequisite: Improv 101 | Students: 12

Improv 201 classes are currently postponed.

Improv 201 is all about scene work and giving you the confidence to stop thinking and let it rip! This class will focus on characters, improving your scene initiations, reacting in the moment, finding and playing fun simple patterns, and supporting your scene partner. Round two! Let’s make this happen. Register! Do it!

AUGUST 5  •  Wednesdays
Instructor: Brian Crall
Meets: August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2, 9, 16, 23

 Location: Comedy Spot Main Theater – 1050 20th Street #130, Sacramento 95811

Before you register, please note the following guidelines:

  • All students and instructors will be required to wear a mask or other appropriate face covering throughout the duration of their class.
  • Classes will accommodate social distancing between individuals.
  • You should not participate in class if you are sick and/or have a temperature, or have been in contact with someone who is sick and/or has a temperature. Health screenings will be conducted prior to classes (touchless temperature readings and questions).

IMPROV 301: The Harold

CLASSROOM COURSE – $175

8 sessions, 2 hours each 7:00pm-9:00pm
Prerequisite: Improv 201 | Students: 12

Improv 301 classes are currently postponed.

Improv 301 will give you some new tools for your improv tool belt. You will learn all the skills needed to perform The Harold improv form, from start to finish, including creating 2nd and 3rd beats and group scenes. The Harold is one of the most difficult forms to learn, but will give you a TON of new improv skills you can use in any improv show. Students who complete Improv 301 are eligible to audition for a Harold team and the opportunity to perform in our weekly Harold Night show.

AUGUST 18  •  Tuesdays
Instructor: Chris Emery
Meets: August 18, 25, September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6

 Location: Comedy Spot Main Theater – 1050 20th Street #130, Sacramento 95811

Before you register, please note the following guidelines:

  • All students and instructors will be required to wear a mask or other appropriate face covering throughout the duration of their class.
  • Classes will accommodate social distancing between individuals.
  • You should not participate in class if you are sick and/or have a temperature, or have been in contact with someone who is sick and/or has a temperature. Health screenings will be conducted prior to classes (touchless temperature readings and questions).

ELECTIVE CLASSES

IMPROV TASTE TEST

Not sure about taking an improv class? Get a sample of it with Taste Test!

CLASSROOM COURSE – $10 per class

Every Wednesday 7:00pm-8:30pm
Prerequisite: None | Instructor: Michelle Petro

Improv Taste Test classes are currently postponed.

Want to have some fun? Laugh your ass off? Maybe even meet new people? WHAT?! Want to learn some basic improv skills and play a bunch of fun improv games? Then you need Taste Test, Sacramento Comedy Spot’s weekly drop-in improv class. We focus on beginning-level skills, so ANYONE can drop in! Drop into Taste Test for a while, and then go big and take our 8-week Improv 101 class, offered monthly. With each session, you also get to see the remainder of Harold Night for FREE! The fee for Improv Taste Test is $10 per session. Payment can be made in person with cash or card, or you can pre-register online using the button, below. Online pre-registration ends at 6pm on the day of each class.

Bonus: Get six Taste Test sessions for the price of FIVE! Purchase our 6-pack in advance using the button below, and you will receive a punch card on your first visit.

 Location: Comedy Spot Training Center – 915 T Street, Sacramento 95811

IMPROV GAMES: Short Form

CLASSROOM COURSE – $155

6 sessions, 2 hours each 7:00pm-9:00pm
Prerequisite: Highly recommended - Improv 101 | Students: 14 

In-person Improv Games classes are currently postponed. Join us for our 4-week online class!

In Improv Games class, students will be given an introduction to the short-form style and basic character work, and will learn a variety of improv games, allowing them to expand their improv repertoire. This style of improv is similar to that seen on the television show Whose Line is It, Anyway? and in the Comedy Spot show, Short Cuts.

Though not required, we recommend completing our Improv 101 class prior to taking Improv Games.

A & B Sessions: Each session is designated by a letter. A different set of games will be taught in each, with each session being held twice before switching. Take both A and B to double-up on your skills!

Instructor: Mel Gelbart

APRIL 7  •  Tuesdays  (Session A)
Meets: April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 12, 19
Notes: No class May 5

 Location: Comedy Spot Training Center – 1050 20th Street #130, Sacramento 95811

POC IMPROV SPACE

CLASSROOM COURSE – FREE

First Sundays (Check our calendar for exceptions) | 5:00pm-7:00pm
Prerequisite: None | Instructors: Justine Lopez & Betsaida LeBron

The Space classes are currently being held online via Zoom. Dates vary. Follow the Comedy Spot on Facebook or  @bipocimprovspace on Instagram to keep tabs on upcoming classes.

The Space offers a unique opportunity for students who identify as POC to explore the comedic arts in a safe and nurturing environment. The Comedy Spot believes that a more diverse community is a stronger community. We are committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion, at all levels of our organization. We want all of our patrons to see themselves represented on our stage. This monthly workshop is FREE to participants. No prior experience necessary! Each month will focus on a new theme with relevant exercises, co-lead by local improv instructors Justine Lopez and Betsaida LeBron. In addition to education, the workshop is a great way to have fun and interact with others in the community, and to learn more about applying for the diversity scholarships offered by Sacramento Comedy Spot.

 Location: Comedy Spot Training Center – 915 T Street, Sacramento 95811

IMPROV FOR LIVING: Boomer Edition

CLASSROOM COURSE – $125

4 sessions | Sundays | 1:00pm-3:00pm
Instructor: Liz Merry

Improv for Living classes are currently postponed.

Upcoming Start Dates: TBA

Improv for Living: Boomer Edition is a four-session class for self-described Baby Boomers who want to practice a new, lighter perspective in life.

In this class, students will learn the basics of improv comedy in order apply these ideas in daily life. We will play games and do fun exercises that enhance positivity, build flexible thinking and emotional resilience, increase mental agility, and raise body awareness.

If you’ve ever been curious about improv, or even if it’s already a hobby, this class is a unique and fun way to enhance your daily life. And if you’re interested in performing improv, this is an easy way to get started.

 Location: Comedy Spot Training Center – 915 T Street, Sacramento 95811

Why study improv?

Think the only reason to take improv classes is to start a career in comedy? The skills you learn in improv can impact your life in many ways, beyond our four walls. Get in on the fun and register today!

Improv training provides many benefits:

  • Increased confidence
  • Improved public speaking skills
  • Enhanced acting abilities
  • Gained comfort in social settings
  • Refined brainstorming abilities
  • Improved listening and observation skills
  • Enhanced creative-thinking abilities
  • Improved decision-making skills
  • Team development skills

IMPROV INSTRUCTORS

BRIAN CRALL

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CORKY McDONNELL

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CHRIS EMERY

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JUSTINE LOPEZ

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MEL GELBART

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MICHELLE PETRO

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BETSAIDA LeBRON

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LIZ MERRY

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More than just a comedy club.

Sacramento Comedy Spot (formerly Sacramento Comedy Foundation) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are Sacramento’s first comedy theater featuring improv, stand-up, sketch comedy, original videos, and short films, and we are Northern California’s largest comedy school. We create unique, comedy-related events, shows, and classes that connect people of all ages and backgrounds through laughter.

Education. Entertainment. Inclusion. Connection.
More than just a comedy club.

Sacramento Comedy Spot

Our Main Theater Location
1050 20th St. #130
Sacramento, CA 95811

Comedy Spot Training Center
915 T Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

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Frequently Asked Questions

Comedy Spot Main Location

Shows 6 Nights a Week
1050 20th Street #130
Sacramento, CA 95811

Comedy Spot Training Center

Classes & Rehearsals Only
915 T Street
Sacramento, CA 95811