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Tuesday December 16, 2014, 8:05pm - by Magnet Theater

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Sketch writer, actor, and improviser Jesse Acini sits down with host Louis Kornfeld to talk about getting his start in comedy, the growth of the Magnet community, and having more fun along the way. An active participant in the NYC improv and sketch scene since the early 2000s, Jesse talks about The Second City in NYC, discusses studying with Gary Austin, and otherwise litters this episode with tidbits about the olden days. Not to mention, he provides some solid advice for aspiring sketch writers! Jesse and Louis have  known each other for eight years and this is the longest conversation they’ve ever had — you don’t want to miss it!

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Enjoy Episode #25 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.

Wednesday December 10, 2014, 6:00am - by Magnet Theater

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Host Alex Marino sits down with stand-up, improviser, writer, and podcaster Brian Frange to talk about all things comedy. Brian brags about being the best actor in his high school but admits that becoming a stand-up ruined his chops. He discusses his feat of doing 70 open mics in 30 days and his appearance at this year’s Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival. Plus, Brian talks about founding Awkward Silence Comedy at Indiana University, how to find your comedic voice, getting started in stand-up and The Unbelievable Podcast, which he hosts. Frazzled Frange might even make an appearance!

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Enjoy Episode #24 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.

Thursday December 4, 2014, 6:13pm - by evan barden

For over four years, Brick has entertained Megawatt audiences each week with their hilarious, multifaceted attack and undeniable originality and last night, the Magnet community gave them the send-off they deserved.

With a full hour at their disposal, Brick began their set with a slideshow capturing the chemistry of a team that has spent over four years together and retained six of their eight original members with two delightful additions along the way. (They even had former member Tim Eberle cheering them on from the audience, showing the support that helped define such a team.) After the slideshow, the lights dimmed, Helter Skelter dropped in, rising in volume as the cast banged against the backstage wall, and Brick finally entered to do what they do best — give one hell of an improv show.

The ensuing set from Brick’s Rick Andrews, Julia Hynes, Joe Miles, Branson Reese, Amie Roe, Jamaal Sedayao, Caitlin Steitzer, and Jed Teres was filled with hilarity and indicative of a team that not only knows how to have fun with each other, but are also experts of the form. As the show reached its anticipated climax, the lights came down and the audience burst into a display of appreciation. The praise continued for the rest of the night and we’re sure the conversations about them will continue for years.

From their beginnings as “New Team Brick” to their Oh Shit! INSPIRADO throwdown to their string of “new form” shows, Brick has been a darling of Megawatt and improv at Magnet, and they will surely be missed.

Check out the videos and photos below from last night!

Tuesday December 2, 2014, 6:06pm - by Magnet Theater

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The multi-talented sketch writer/performer, improviser, and head of Musical Megawatt, Michael Lutton, sits down with host Louis Kornfeld to discuss what makes for good musical improv and how it can benefit “regular” improv. He talks about the advantages of pushing boundaries when no one is looking and provides advice for improvisers looking to learn musical improv outside of NYC. This one is all about selling it in the moment.

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Enjoy Episode #23 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.

Tuesday November 25, 2014, 4:14pm - by Magnet Theater

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Louis Kornfeld gets up on his soapbox along with Michael Girts and Mike Descoteaux to preach the virtues of bringing musical improv to the big stage. Blank! The Musical is a big budget improvised musical playing Off-Broadway at New World Stages in NYC. Louis talks with both Mikes about the hard work and planning that goes into producing such an incredible show, and how framing the performance and accepting the audience as an integral part of the show help to propel on-the-spot theater to new heights.

NYT Review: Click here; Broadway World Review: Click here; The Source Review: Click here.

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Enjoy Episode #22 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.

Friday November 21, 2014, 11:45am - by Magnet Theater

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On this episode of the Magnet Podcast, host Alex Marino chats it up with improviser and yogi Emily Shapiro about teaching yoga and doing improv in Costa Rica, Emily’s affection for Lord of the Rings, and people who look like Smeagol.

 

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Enjoy Episode #21 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.

Tuesday November 11, 2014, 7:30pm - by Magnet Theater

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In order to meet rising costs and ensure that we keep the lights on, supplying you with the very best improv classes in NYC, Magnet’s low prices will be increasing slightly in January 2015. All core and conservatory classes will increase by $50, a change which will be reflected on the website as soon as next year’s classes go up.

We’re also adjusting our rules on retaking Level 4 classes. Beginning in January, you will only be able to repeat the same Level 4 at half-off. If you’d like to choose a new Level 4 with a different subject, you’ll be charged full price.

All classes that begin before January 1, 2015 will adhere to the current pricing — so sign up while it lasts!

Tuesday November 11, 2014, 4:25pm - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the next round of SKETCH TEAMS, which will run from January 18th through April 26th!

The following information will tell you everything you need to know in order to submit, what will be expected of you, and all the deadlines for everything. Good Luck!

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Monday November 10, 2014, 9:29pm - by Magnet Theater

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Louis Kornfeld talks with the amazing Caitlin Steitzer about teenagers, the links between improv and social work, and the uses of theater for community development.

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Enjoy Episode #20 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.

Monday November 3, 2014, 7:33pm - by Megan Gray

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Ever wonder how our graphics game could possibly be so on point? It’s all thanks to our amazing team of designers and illustrators. And now, you can be one of them!

We’re looking for talented folks to volunteer their time and skills as part of Magnet’s graphics team. You can earn credits toward free classes (if you’re 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 theater—whether it’s 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 allows—we’re cool with that. Plus, not gonna lie, there’s a lot of cool stuff coming up.

To apply, send a resume and a link to your portfolio to Evan and Chrissie at promo@magnettheater.com and please be aware that this opportunity is only open to students who have taken at least one paid class at our Training Center. We’re excited to hear from you!