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Wednesday December 29, 2010, 10:20am - by admin

Melanie Hoopes and Ed Herbstman star in Human Intelligence: A Holiday Tale

Lookin’ for something fun to listen to?  Ed Herbstman & Melanie Hoops star in a dramatic reading, produced for radio, of Kurt Andersen’s “holiday” tale.  From the Studio 360 website:

This is what Kurt Andersen considers a holiday tale… melting ice caps and extraterrestrial spies? Kurt’s story, “Human Intelligence,” was produced for radio by Jonathan Mitchell, and stars Melanie Hoopes, John Ottavino, and Ed Herbstman. The unabridged version was published this year in Stories: All New Tales, an anthology edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio.

Friday December 17, 2010, 11:24am - by admin

The Magnet is hosting a special round of auditions for a Second City improvisation touring company that will play aboard Norwegian Cruise Line Ships.  If you have graduated from The PIT, UCB or Magnet’s Training program here in New York, you are eligible to audition.  Here are the details:

Second City Theatrical is seeking actors for Second City ensembles aboard Norwegian Cruise Line ships. Contracts are for 2011. The Second City (based in Chicago and Toronto) has been the sole sketch comedy and improvisation provider for NCL cruise ships since January of 2005.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 1 from 10AM to 6PM, Callbacks are Wednesday February 2, time TBD

WHERE: Magnet Theater Training Center, 259 W 30th Street, FL2

To submit, email your headshot and resume ON JANUARY 3-6, 2011 to auditions@secondcity.com with the subject: “NY ship auditions.” Expect an email reply with information (audition time, decline, etc) on Jan 10 or 11.

The Second City is seeking graduates of improv programs (e.g. The Second City, UCB, Magnet, PIT, etc)

Auditions will be held in half hour increments with groups of eight, and will be completely improvised.

Please bring a current headshot and resume with updated contact information (we will phone you, not your agency).

Please dress in something akin to performance clothes (how you would dress for a Second City performance).

Also:

Q&A Session: Learn About Second City’s Cruise Ship Performance Opportunities

If you are an improviser/actor and want information about opportunities with Second City’s NCL gig, please join Beth Kligerman, Director of Talent and Talent Development for The Second City, for a Q and A session.

WHEN: Monday, January 31, 5pm to 6:30pm

WHERE: Magnet Theater, 254 W 29th Street

Download the Information Form Here

Friday December 3, 2010, 11:32am - by admin

Magnet Theater’s Ed Herbstman on the IRC Podcast

From Kevin Mullaney’s IRC Podcast site…

I interviewed Nate Starkey of the People’s Improv Theater, Porter Mason of the UCB Theatre and Ed Herbstman of the Magnet Theater. We talked about Oscar moments in improv, breaking our bad habits, character baseball, giving enough notes in class and being in the rainbow.

Monday November 29, 2010, 11:34am - by admin

We Might Just Kiss: A Female Improv Event

Tonight, some of the funniest women in New York City combine their forces for an improv comedy event at the Magnet Theater.  Megan Gray will be the host and 13 lady improvisers might just kiss… if you’re lucky.  At the very least you will fall out of your chair laughing.  Tonight at 10PM, make your reservations now.

Tuesday November 23, 2010, 8:19pm - by admin

Take Josh Cohen’s (The Jim Henson Company, The Josh and Tamra Show) Puppetry for Improv Workshop at the Magnet on Thursday December 16th! Sign up HERE.

Monday November 22, 2010, 10:53am - by admin

‘How to be Romantic in New York’ is a neon animation by Jack Feldstein starring Rick Andrews and Jennifer Dunne of improv duo The Cascade.  Check it out!  You can check out Rick and Jennifer Tuesdays in December at 7:00PM

Thursday November 18, 2010, 10:29am - by admin

Members of The Boss in Doritos Commercial Contest

Louis Kornfeld, Chet Siegel and Quinton Loder from The Boss are in the Doritos: CRASH THE SUPERBOWL Commercial contest.  Click on the link and vote for “Doritos Experiment”!

Speaking of The Boss… you can also catch them live on stage tonight at 10PM at The Magnet Theater.  Thursday Night Out!

Tuesday November 16, 2010, 3:14pm - by admin

Ed Herbstman for eBay!

Our very own Ed Herbstman in this eBay add with Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee.

Wednesday November 10, 2010, 10:09am - by admin

Armando Diaz Improv Resource Center Podcast Interview

Magnet Theater founder Armando Diaz was recently interviewed by Kevin Mullaney for the Improv Resource Center podcast.  In the interview Armando discusses the lessons he has learned by opening his own improv theater, how he has evolved as a teacher, how he helps students connect with their scene partners, scene initiations and more!  If you are an improv comedy nerd this is definitely a great interview to listen to!

IRC Podcast 11-09-2010 – Armando Diaz

Monday November 8, 2010, 5:26pm - by admin

New York Musical Improv Festival Workshops

There are still spots left in this weeks NYMIF Workshops.  Check them out on our website!