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The Magnet Theater is proud to present a new show coming in April — Show-Offs! Starting Sunday, April 10th, 6pm.
Show-Offs features brand new scripted works never before seen on the Magnet stage, from sketch, one-person shows, and more. All shows must be 20 – 25 minutes in length. The submission deadline is Tuesday, March 8th, noon. If selected, you will be notified by Friday, March 25th.
Show-Offs is open to all. To submit a scripted show, click here.
All morning operations at the Training Center are canceled for today, Sunday, Jan. 24th.
THERE WILL BE NO 12P CLASSES. We’ll keep you posted about the rest of the day.
SNOW UPDATE: The Magnet Theater and Training Center will be closed as of 3pm on Saturday, Jan. 24th. There will be no afternoon classes or class shows and our evening shows at the theater have been canceled.
Stay safe, everyone!
Jealous Dad and 1/4th of Hello Laser, MATT EVANS, joins us to discuss straight-manning, his old soul, performing characters, and how he stinks at object work! Hot off the heels of this recent pilot, Jealous Dad, Matt is getting ready for Montreal Just For Laughs auditions and finding that the scripted work he does these days can be more nerve-racking than in the past. He tells us of his history in NYC comedy dating back to 2004 and how much he loves Bob Newhart.
To get the ball rolling, Louis asks Matt to talk about his prep for Just For Laughs auditions and how it’s been trying out new material. CLICK TO READ MORE…
Champion of sketch and improv comedy alike, ELENA SKOPETOS, joins us on the show to talk about clowning, characters, ComedySportz, and the new J&L Presents! You know her from The Cast, The Executives, AVALANCHE, and her many appearances in other shows, but this is Elena’s first tell-all-interview-podcast with Louis Kornfeld so we suggest you strap on in before you’re swept away to Flavortown. This party is starting and you’re still at the door, buddy!
If you think Louis is messing around to begin this episode, you’re dead wrong. CLICK TO READ MORE…
- character work
- ComedySportz NYC
- commedia dell'arte
- Elena Skopetos
- Jana & Lauren Presents
- Louis Kornfeld
- magnet theater
- magnet theater podcast
- magnet training center
- new york
- new york city
- short form improv
- sketch comedy
- The Cast
- The Executives
We’re so very excited to announce the new Circuit Winter 2016 season, debuting Friday, January 15th at 10pm at the Magnet Training Center. Congratulations to everyone!
Coach: Tim Canty
Coach: Amanda Xeller
Charles St. Charles
Coach: Pat May
Spencer T. Campbell
Danielle Von Lehman
Coach: Eleanor Lewis
Posh (Musical Team)
Coach: Catherine Wing
The Lady Sketch Lab is back—and this year, we want YOU to help us make it bigger and better than ever! All WOMEN are encouraged to attend!
Here’s how it’ll work:
We’ll be meeting on Saturdays 12-3 at the Magnet Training Center (22 West 32nd Street, 10th floor) for six weeks starting January 30th.
You’ll bring in a mix of new and rewritten sketches each week (1 or 2). We’ll give each other feedback for rewrites. The best sketches will be put into the final shows (March 14th, 21st and 28th at 9pm).
For the first meeting all we ask is that you bring in is:
1. An example of a sketch that you saw on TV or staged and why you love it.
2. An example of something that happened in your day/week/month/life that you thought was really funny. Anything.
THAT’S IT! You don’t even have to write anything just yet. Give it a try.
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED:
But I’ve never written sketch or taken a sketch class.
That’s totally fine. We still want you.
But I really can’t write. Can I just perform?
You can get involved as a performer only. Come to the meeting anyway. You might find yourself accidentally writing something amazing.
But I can’t perform/memorize lines.
You can just write then.
I write better with a partner. I can’t do this on my own.
You and your (female) partner can present co-written material at meetings. Alternatively, if you realize you really like working with someone at the meetings, you can go off and write together.
I can’t make all the meetings.
Come when you can. What ends up in the show will be the best material, meaning it will probably have been presented to the group and rewritten a number of times, but feel free to show up when you can.
How much does it cost?
Do I have to pre-register?
Nope. Just show up!
Is this going to be a comedy show only about periods and tampons?
No, it will be about whatever you decide to write.
But I’m still scared.
Follow your fear. Remember how hard improv used to seem before you actually tried it?
See you there,
Amanda Xeller, Megan Gray & Chet Siegel
We couldn’t get enough of CHRISSIE GRUEBEL on stage, so we had her on the podcast to talk about improv, acting, & everything else. A darling of Megawatt’s Metal Boy, Friday Night Sh*w, and Magnet Sketch Teams, Chrissie sits down with Louis and regales him with tales from Philadelphia, New York, and the theater capitol of North America, Scranton. Chrissie is one of our favs and we just know you’re gonna love this episode. May she live forever online!
To begin this episode, Louis claims he knows nothing about Chrissie and Chrissie claims she doesn’t have a Long Island accent. You’ll have to tune in to find out that both of these are lies! CLICK TO READ MORE…
Congratulations to the newest Magnet Sketch Teams and the newest additions to The Executives, Dinosaur Jones, Student Council and Stockton! Thanks to everyone who submitted and auditioned this round.
Here are your new teams:
NEW TEAM APPLES directed by Matt Alspaugh
Chris Hastings – Writer/Performer
Rob Webber – Writer/Performer
Joe Lepore – Writer/Performer
Anna Neu – Performer
Chrissie Gruebel – Performer
Noel Salter – Performer
Brandon Lisy – Writer
Hayley Karl – Writer
Jesse Mudrick – Writer
NEW TEAM ORANGES directed by Ari Miller
Dennis Pacheco – Writer/Performer
Alex Stark – Writer/Performer
Angela Demanti – Writer/Performer
Kyle Levenick – Writer/Performer
Devlyn Corrigan – Performer
Dan Dobransky – Performer
Rebecca Acevado – Performer
Jordan Randolph – Writer
Michael McLarnon – Writer
Boy howdy are you in for a delicious episode with the one and only RUSS ARMSTRONG. A writer for Uncommon Sense (MTV), performer galore (Master of None, Montreal Just for Laughs, 30 Rock), and improviser who has played on many a Magnet ensemble, Russ has plenty to discuss with host Louis Kornfeld regarding television, union workers, life balance, and confidence. Find out how Louis is feeling (creatively) and if Evan is real or just a made up character. All of this and more in Episode #70!
This episode begins with Russ and Louis talking about the podcast itself and how Louis must strive to stay ahead of his students that listen to it. Once past all of that nonsense, Louis asks Russ about his current gig writiing for the MTV show Uncommon Sense hosted by Charlamagne Tha God. What is the schedule like for such a show and how has Russ’s life changed since he began writing for television on the regular? Discussing work/life balance is something any corporate drone is probably familiar with, but getting to hear a comedian’s take on the matter provides a perspective most might not hear.
Further exploring what it feels like to write for a TV show, Louis wonders if the vibe of a writers room can ever mimic that of an improv team or even, improv theater. Somewhere along the line, Louis insults all union workers, as he is wont to do. Russ counters, asking, “Is there any place that’s really like an improv theater?” We’re paraphrasing with those quotation marks.
Russ answers questions about being funny on days when you’re not feeling funny and how you push yourself through those times. He also provides insight on writing for other voices, hosts, shows, and audiences. Plus, he discovers that Louis’ life is very much like a Dove soap ad. What does that mean? You’ll have to listen. Later, Louis launches insightful inquiries regarding Russ’ comedic sensibilities and sense of a linear life. Though he may not have known where he was going as a kid, Russ finds more use for goals and planning theseadays.
Then the improv chatter heats up! Russ shares a lesson he’s learned and proclaims that while improv starts with a mentality of “Your ideas are great!” it can often translate to something too cozy and too safe for growth. Ultimately, Russ says, you have to like your own ideas. Louis wants to know, when the pressure is on, how does Russ avoid letting fear and insecurity block him from that goal? Russ asks, “Is fake confidence different from real confidence?” Plus, Russ invents a character named Evan who doesn’t exist, asks Louis how he’s feeling creatively, and tells us what he says to people who tell him to cheer up! You can’t stop this episode and it doesn’t matter!!!