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Thursday September 4, 2014, 9:22am - by Amanda Ariel Peggy Xeller

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Ever thought about taking the show on the road? So have these guys! Monday, September 8th at 8:30pm, three Toronto performers, James Hartnett, Tim Gilbert, and Marty Topps, are taking the Magnet stage to bring you their best work as a part of their New York and Philadelphia tour. I (Amanda Ariel Peggy Xeller!) got the awesome opportunity to not only see Marty Topps (Isaac Winter!) perform in Montreal, but got to conduct an e-mail interview with him for the Magnet’s blog.

Marty Topps is an award winning musical comedian from Toronto who burst onto the scene with his debut album, “A Loving Tribute to TapouT.” The album was ranked the #2 Comedy Music album of 2013 by BiteTV. Marty followed this up with a musical short film, “Beep Beep” which won First Place in the Laugh Sabbath Film Fest at NXNE 2014. Marty’s live performances have led to accolades like Best Newcomer at the 2014 Montreal Sketchfest and Audience Award (Best Musical Sketch) at the 2013 Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival.


Where are you from originally?…and what’s that place like?!

I’m originally from Stratford, Ontario. Stratford is a nice town. It was pretty wild growing up in the shadow of the undisputed King of Pop, Justin Beaver but I also found it really inspiring because it made me #believe I could grow up to be a song-and-dance-man just like him.

What’s your training background?

I have no formal training. I went to University for Film but I dropped out cuz that was the cool thing to do at the time. And then I taught myself to play keytar cuz that was also the cool thing to do at the time… And it still is, right? Right?!


Friday August 29, 2014, 11:05am - by Megan Gray

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The Magnet Theater is pleased to announce the new teams and additions for the fall 2014 season of Megawatt, debuting this Wednesday, September 3rd at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. In addition, the premiere of the 6pm Wednesday Mixer. We hope to see you there.

Team Red:
Luke Field
Dede Tabak
Michael McLarnon
Greg Mihalik
Blake Merriman
Jonathan DeMuth
Devin O’Neill
Lauren Ashley Smith

Team Blue:
Pat May
Sam Rogal
Eli Itzkowitz
Carly Monardo
Nolan Constantino
Sulaiman Beg
Chrissie Gruebel
Woody Fu

Team Yellow:
Carolyn Burns
Justin Anderson
Neil Pohl
Kelly Donahue
Andy Moskowitz
Maryann Menzies
Katie Mordhorst
Federico Garduño


Wednesday August 20, 2014, 10:55am - by Megan Gray

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Congratulations to the newest Magnet Sketch Teams and the newest additions to Party. and Baby Shoes:

NEW TEAM KEENAN directed by Kevin Cobbs
Matt Antonucci
Jen Chuck
Kate Emswiler
Chris Hastings
Joe Lepore
Kyle Levenick
Charles Nicholson
Adam Twitchell
Rob Webber
NEW TEAM KEL directed by Jesse Acini
Michael Lutton
Phoebe Tyers
Will Quinn
Andrew Vuilleumier
Eli Itzkowitz
Diego Martinez
Catherine Montesi
Sam Palmer
Matt Wassung
Saturday July 26, 2014, 5:49pm - by Magnet Theater

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Thursday July 10, 2014, 12:10am - by Megan Gray


Greetings Magnet Community!

We’re pleased to announce the Summer 2014 round of The Circuit! Shows start Friday, July 11 and continue Fridays through August 22 (except July 18), at 10:30PM.


Tuesday June 24, 2014, 9:38pm - by Magnet Theater


We are now accepting applications for the Circuit Summer 2014 season! Circuit teams are made up of Magnet Theater students, graduates of our training program and veteran performers. We believe that in order to get better at improv, you need to do it.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, June 29 at noon. Teams will be announced Tuesday, July 1. Shows will begin Friday, July 11. Teams will perform Friday nights at 10:30 for seven weeks. If you have any questions email Circuit [at] Magnettheater [dot] com.

To Sign up, just CLICK THIS LINK to fill out the form.
Tuesday June 3, 2014, 8:47am - by Magnet Theater

Magnet performer, Alexis Lambright (The Wrath) is heading to The Hollywood Fringe Festival this week to perform her one woman show, “The Alexis Lambright Tell-A-Thon: Combating Adult Virginity”.  In the show, Alexis is on a mission to find a cure for individuals suffering from Chronic Virginity… starting with herself.  Through stories, songs, and videos, this live telethon will present awkward moments from her life, in hopes of achieving her goal. If you’re planning on checking out Alexis’ shows, look no further than RIGHT HERE!  Congrats Alexis!

Wednesday May 28, 2014, 3:27pm - by Magnet Theater

Magnet Video Lab premieres its new hand-made comedy shorts featuring some of your favorite performers from the improv, stand-up, sketch and TV world. Join them afterward for a post-premiere party at Walter’s Bar! FREE on Sunday, June 1 at 6:00. 
Click HERE to Reserve Tickets.

Tuesday April 22, 2014, 11:17am - by Magnet Theater
The Second City

The Magnet Theater will be holding a Q&A session with Second City Casting Director Beth Kligerman, Wednesday April 23rd from 5:30pm-6:30pm at The Magnet Theater Training Center (259 w. 30th street).  This will be an hour long information session about auditioning for the Second City Cruise Ships.  If you have any questions, please contact Magnet Artistic Director Megan Gray (megan (at)magnettheater(dot)com).

Monday April 7, 2014, 11:23am - by Magnet Theater


Second City Theatricals is seeking actors for ensembles on Norwegian Cruise Line ships.

A ship specific audition will be held at the Magnet Training Center in New York City on Thursday, April 24, 2014.  Auditions will be completely improvised. Performers should be a graduate of a conservatory-level program (such as: Peoples Improv Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade, or Magnet).
Interested actor/improvisers should email a head shot and resume to: auditions@secondcity.com ON Monday, April 14/Tuesday, April 15.   Please include  ‘Second City Theatricals – NYC – April 24’  in the subject line of the email. Performers not following these guidelines may not be considered for a an audition time.  Slots will be filled in order of receipt.
Call backs will be held Friday, April 25 – TBD exact time.  Second City Theatricals ensemble members – work for 4 months at a time at sea.  There will be a ship specific Q&A held on Wednesday, April 23 at Magnet (more details to come).
The Second City was founded in 1959 as a hub for sketch and improvisational comedy., and has held a contract with Norwegian Cruise Line since 2005