Chainsaw – Written by Jon Bander (Phooka). Directed and Edited by George Gross.
Featuring many Magnet Theater performers: Jared McGrail, Rachel Rauch, Bianca Casusol, Nick Bacan, Steph Garcia, Adam Taylor, Danielle Tolley, Jon Bander, Sean Taylor, Dan, Lucia Brizzi and Nicholas Feitel.
Good work everyone!
The latest monthly performance of the Magnet Theater all-female revue “We Might Just Kiss”! This amazing show combines seasoned Magnet Theater female performers with a collection of our funny lady students. The next performance will take place on Monday, May 30th at 10PM.
It’s no secret that taking improv classes at The Magnet Theater is a great way to branch out, try something new and meet fun and interesting people. Recently Woody Fu, a student and now the most recent addition to the Musical Improv Team, The Sound and the Fury, started to draw everyone he has met through taking classes and performing at The Magnet Theater. The result is incredibly cool, check it out:
The whole album can be viewed by clicking on the title link above. There are 100+ drawings and it’s been growing larger everyday. Great job! Woody also does comics at http://www.peroxidecomics.com.
There are two teams on this particular night, Team Lincoln and Team Buddha. And the house is packed. It’s standing room only at the Magnet Training Center Studio, and the crowd is laughing.
The Circuit was the brainchild of Mark Grenier, the Magnet’s Senior Level One instructor. I told Magnet that I wanted to write a blog post about The Circuit, and it was really overdue, so when I saw Mark in the elevator I cornered him awkwardly and peppered him with questions. “It’s about stage time. Nothing beats stage time.” Mark tried to leave but I pressed all the buttons. Trapped, he told me that the team structure at Magnet worked well but there were skilled players ready to be on stage that had yet to win a slot on a Megawatt team. “They weren’t being served because just waiting for the next round of team auditions is not the best way to prepare for team auditions. So we built The Circuit.” I was satisfied by this answer and let him go. But it was fun making him feel uncomfortable, and I wanted more.
“…just waiting for the next round of team auditions is not the best way to prepare for team auditions. So we built The Circuit.”
So The Circuit works like this: every Friday night at 10pm, three of the current six Circuit teams perform the Harold. Teams exist for three months – enough time to perform a good amount of shows before the next round of Circuit teams replace the current ones.
The Circuit features Harold teams made-up of both current Magnet students and veteran performers.
After three months, the teams are burned up in a secret sacred ritual and then new Circuit teams rise from the ashes like a comedy phoenix. This is also known as selecting teams through a lottery. Later when I followed Mark to his apartment, got naked, climbed his fire escape, and stood outside his window, I asked about this crazy lottery idea. He said performers apply, and then names are picked out of a hat. “It’s fast, it’s simple, and it’s equally fair to everyone across the board.” Then he called the police and I ran. I totally got away.
Want to be on a Circuit team? Anyone who has completed Magnet Level 3 or higher (and is not currently on a Megawatt team or in Team Performance Workshop) can apply. Performers will be chosen randomly by lottery. Teams will rehearse weekly with a coach and have a three month run of shows on Friday nights at the Studio Theater.
To apply, just email firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email will be thrown into a computer hat, and then names will be selected by a robot which looks like this:
The Magnet Theater is sending 4 teams out to the Chicago Improv Festival next week. A represenative from TimeOut Chicago attended our CIF showcase at the beginning of the month and had some nice things to say about The Cascade, Chet Watkins, FACE and Hello Laser.
Duo Rick Andrews and Jennifer Dunne have a compelling form on their hands… this duo played it smart and patient, and I’d watch them again. (The Cascade)
These long-form practitioners have a secret weapon: fearless women. The men aren’t half bad either... All in all, impressive. (Chet Watkins).
It’s awesome to hear instrumentation besides a piano, and the musicians rotate frequently (including new ones in Chicago). Also, this group embraced the entirety of the stage in a big way and offered solid callbacks. (FACE)
This quartet of goofs is a C.I.F. visiting favorite and, having now witnessed them on home turf, it’s easy to see why… If the C.I.F. were a competition, we know where we’d place our bets. (Hello Laser)
Non-Hulk was a digital short written for Magnet Theater’s monthly comedic short screening, FLICK.
Written by Jon Bander and featuring Bander, Quinton Loder and Noel Dinneen (Hulk Hands). Directed by George Gross and sound recording by Mike Bell. All part of the Magnet Digital Media Engine!