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Friday April 20, 2012, 11:24am - by seantaylor

Magnet Theater
April 20, 2012

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What’s To Get Double Feature! 

What’s To Get pulls double duty this month, bookending this weekend
like old friends!  Friday at 7pm, check out our first ever “Best Of”
showcase.  We’ve collected all our favorite acts from the first 6
months into one jam packed show!
Tonight!
7pm!
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The Movie Returns!

Ed Herbstman directs a group of Magnet veterans in The Movie form.
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Just For Laughs: Character Audition

Watch some of New York’s funniest sketch comedians showcase their finest character comedy, vying for a spot in the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.
Click here for more information.

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Wednesday April 18, 2012, 9:04pm - by admin

In celebration of its 7th Anniversary, Magnet held its first completely ridiculous and ironically meaningful award ceremony. It was the 1st Annual Maggie Awards and everyone played fell into their appropriate roles immediately; the winners were falsely modest and the nominees who lost pretended it was an honor just to be nominated. The presenters were sharp and read the prompter with varying degrees of skill and self conscious sexiness.

Here are some moments from the ceremony for those of you in the community who couldn’t be there, and those of you who were there and aren’t sure this actually happened.  Enjoy

Here is a video of the opening number.  Peter McNerney was our Billy Crystal, accompanied by Steve Whyte and  Joel Esher.  Also appearing in the opening number were Michael Lutton, Jen Sanders and Santa Claus. 

Click after the jump for the complete list of nominees and winners.

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Monday April 16, 2012, 3:00pm - by WillyAppelman

Magnet’s next big musical event is almost here…GAY BOMB: THE MUSICAL!  GAY BOMB is a comedy inspired by the real life plans of the U.S. military  to build a bomb that would make their enemies gay.  The show is a cautionary tale set in a not-to-distant America that is a  “xenophobic, homophobic wet dream”.  This timely political piece is not only topical but extremely on point, leaving no stereotype unscathed.  GAY BOMB: THE MUSICAL premiers at The Magnet Theater on Friday May 4th at 8:30, and plays on select Fridays and Mondays through June.

Much like previous Magnet Musical Event NIGHTFALL ON MIRANGA ISLAND, tickets are limited and will go fast!!!  Tickets go on sale right….NOW.  Get yours NOW here.  Make sure you’re there for an opening night extravaganza you won’t want to miss.

Directed by Michael Martin, with music by Frank Spitznagel and book and lyrics by Chris Friden and Steve Whyte.

Starring: Andrew Fafoutakis, Dreagn Foltz, Ben Jones, Michael Lutton, Jen Sanders, TJ Mannix, Oscar Montoya, Dave Tomczak and Woody Fu!

BOOM!

Wednesday April 11, 2012, 5:22pm - by WillyAppelman


In a city of over 8 million strangers, it’s incredible to find a place that feels like home.  Yet, in it’s 7th year, the Magnet Theater continues to do that for many improvisers, actors and comedy addicts.  The Magnet’s supportive atmosphere focuses on  following your gut and “yes and”-ing in a grounded and personal way.  There is no fast track, improv is like anything else, it takes time to master.  At the Magnet, there is no pressure to be anybody other than yourself.  Much of that comes from co-founder Armando Diaz, who dreamed that the Magnet would “facilitate people making comedy and meeting each other.”  I sat down with Armando Diaz and inquired about this very important milestone:

Willy Appelman: What was the first show in the Magnet Theater space?

Armando Diaz: I was teaching an Evente class and we had our first show in the theater.  The stage wasn’t finished.  It was an experiment for all of us.  We (Ed Herbstman and Alex CLICK TO READ MORE…

Friday April 6, 2012, 4:13pm - by Charlie Whitcroft

Oh man… you should have seen it!

Just kidding. You couldn’t have.

The Bat premiered at The Magnet Theater last evening, directed by Mark Grenier, featuring Paul Barker, Bianca Casusol, Christina Dabney, Corey Grimes, Jeff Koleba, Kai Martin, Chris Simpson, Lauren Smith, and special guests.

Unlike your average, well-lit improv show that bombards your physical senses with gestures, facial expressions, and movement of all varieties, The Bat is performed in the dark – playing more like an old-time radio show, or like the voices in your head when you’re desperately trying to fall asleep.

The cast of The Bat performed two pieces – a Monoscene, and a Harold – relying only on listening, and auditory support work. Despite the darkness, the audience clearly saw the cemetery at which the Detective Club and the Murder Club vied for membership numbers, a pair of girl scouts peeing on each other in the wilderness, a bratty nine-year-old leveraging for control of a community pool, and the arduous journey of a ski-ball pledge.

I left the theater grateful for the reminder that I have an imagination. Check out the highlight pics below, and check out The Bat every Thursday in April at 10:00pm at The Magnet Theater.

 

Wednesday April 4, 2012, 4:46pm - by WillyAppelman

“The Bat” is the third installment of The Director Series, wherein a Director selects an all star cast and presents a month-long showcase of a specific form. This month Mark Grenier is directing “The Bat”!  Here is an interview we did with Grenier about the show.

Manget Blog:  What makes The Bat different from any other forms?

Mark Grenier: The Bat takes place entirely in the dark.  Other improv forms take place with the lights on, unless the theater fails to pay its electricity bill and the power goes out, in which case the show then becomes a Bat, whether you like it or not.  If the lights go out, you’re doing a Bat.

MB: Why did you choose The Bat?

MG: I chose The Bat because it’s a unique challenge for performers, and it creates a unique experience for the audience.  We take for granted being seen when we improvise and being able to see when we watch a show.  If you take sight away, everything has to be created with the voice and everything normally seen has to be imagined. It’s like listening to an old radio show, which no one at Magnet Theater has probably ever done.  Bring your grandparents to the show, they’ll love it.

MB: What is the future of ‘improv in the dark’?
MG: The future of ‘improv in the dark’ is first this run of shows on Thursday nights at 10pm at The Magnet Theater (part of Thursday Night Out, only $7 for the whole night! www.magnettheater.com), and then beyond that I foresee the eventual elimination of sound from improv, altogether.  I hope to direct another show soon that, in addition to being in the dark, doesn’t use sound, doesn’t have performers or an audience and doesn’t occur in either space or time.  I think that would be the ultimate improv show.
Featuring: Paul Barker, Bianca Casusol, Christina Dabney, Corey Grimes, Jeff Koleba, Kai Martin, Chris Simpson, and Lauren Smith.

Join us for the OPENING NIGHT of The Bat this Thursday at 10pm, with the after party at Mustang Sally’s right after the show!

Sunday April 1, 2012, 11:13am - by Ed Herbstman

Who’s There?  You are!  Or at least you will be after this class!

To be a master at comedy you have to master the classics.  Nothing is more classic than the Knock Knock Joke and no one does it better than 9-year old Asher Hersbtman.  After conquering the PS 261 talent show, Asher will stop by the Magnet to teach a special workshop for you in the art of timing your knocks, deciding what kind of door are you knocking on, and properly revealing who actually is there. You’ll also learn advanced techniques like the doorbell move and screen doors.  Course time will also be dedicated to instruction on clever puns especially related to farting.

Cost:  5 bags of candy or 3 back issues of Game Informer

Date: April 1st, 2012

'Knock' 'em dead!

Asher Kills At Talent Show

Asher Will Teach You How To Work The Crowd

 

Friday March 30, 2012, 12:14pm - by seantaylor
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Magnet Theater
March 28, 2012

 

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Just For Laughs:

Character Auditions

Watch some of New York’s funniest sketch comedians showcase their finest character comedy, vying for a spot in the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Free!

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Happy Anniversary, Chet Watkins!

Watching Chet Watkins is the improv equivalent of watching a Tsunami of hair and teeth attack a baby Blue Whale and destroy it with the will of a thousand hungry Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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Gausas and MegaLou

Megan Gray and Louis Kornfeld cram 14 years of dating and 6+ years of friendship with Christina Gausas, into 60 minutes of improvised comedy.
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MAGNET CLASSES

Mono-Scene with Alan Fessenden 

The Mono-scene is an opportunity to develop a world in one single location. Through the exploration of fully realized characters, students will develop listening skills and patience. The eight class sessions are followed by a four week run of shows, giving students an enhanced opportunity to learn by doing, over time, in front of a real audience. Prerequisite: Magnet Level Three.

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Magnet Theater Training Center
A system designed to turn civilians into exceptional improvisers.  Classes in improvisation lead to performances, and advanced classes lead to regular performances on our stages.  Comedy writing, storytelling, auditioning, musical improvisation, and voice classes provide opportunities for improvisers and creators to expand their comedic range, inform their creative pursuits, and have a great time while doing it.  YES

 

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Friday March 16, 2012, 5:06pm - by admin
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Magnet Theater
March 16, 2012

 

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Lead McEnroe

Lead McEnroe wants to hang out with you. Because they hang out with each other way too much, and it’s getting weird. Described by The Apiary as “a fearless character creation machine,” and “Masters of the art of long-form improv” by Short and Sweet NYC, this long-running Magnet staple presents a show that is certifiably insane, yet oddly eloquent.

Listen, you mugs! Show business is tough, see, but here’s two fellas that got the straight dope: Hollywood producer extraordinaire Irv Newberg and his bosom companion Charlie Tickertape. These two dapper dans are gonna show you the ins and outs of the movie biz, from signing your star to Oscar night, and everything in between. So sit back, grab yourself some hooch, and watch the sparks fly in a behind-the-scenes scorcher you’ll never forget!

St. Patrick’s Day Show with Special Guest Peter McNerney

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Camp Magnet 2012

Camp Magnet returns! Our annual summer retreat is coming back for its 5th glorious year. Go camping with us in the beautiful Catskill Mountains from June 7th – June 10th. Enjoy 4 days and 3 nights of improv, outdoors, adventure, and fun with improv and writing workshops. Each day will involve improv and writing workshops, in addition to outdoor team activities such as swimming in a spring-fed lake, volleyball, basketball, hiking and biking. Evenings will be filled with improv jams, shows and late night campfires. All campers sleep in modern, well-appointed cabins equipped with electricity and a bathroom with showers. Meals are provided 3 times a day in the dining hall, and yes, we can accommodate vegetarians. All of this is cradled in the beauty of the Southern Catskills just 90 miles north of New York City. An endless sea of woods surrounds our magnificent 120-acre campground, and a sensational sunset over the springs is truly a sight to behold! This Year’s Instructors Include:
Dave Razowsky
Rachel Hamilton
Armando Diaz
Ed Herbstman
Melanie Hoopes
Alex Marino
June 7th-10th

 

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A system designed to turn civilians into exceptional improvisers.  Classes in improvisation lead to performances, and advanced classes lead to regular performances on our stages.  Comedy writing, storytelling, auditioning, musical improvisation, and voice classes provide opportunities for improvisers and creators to expand their comedic range, inform their creative pursuits, and have a great time while doing it.  YES

 

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Tuesday March 13, 2012, 4:09pm - by WillyAppelman

It’s BACK!  March 30th is the last day to be considered for the next round of The Circuit at The Magnet Theater.  The Circuit is made up of improv ensembles consisting of veteran Magnet performers and students.  Performances are every Friday night at 10pm starting April 13th!  You need to have completed up to Level 3 to qualify for The Circuit.  Names are still being accepted for what is sure to be the silliest, most explosive and rawest Circuit yet!  To apply, just send your name and resume to circuit@magnettheater.com.  From there, names will be thrown into a giant hat and randomly selected by someone with giant hands!  Shows start April 13th at The Magnet Studio Theater… GO!