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Thursday November 10, 2011, 8:14pm - by admin

Test Drive features brand new scripted works never before seen on the Magnet stage, from sketch and one-person shows to short films, stand-up and more. These shows are so new they still have that new comedy smell.

Test Drive is open to all.  To submit a scripted show, click here.

To submit new pieces of improvisation, see The Rundown.

Thursday November 10, 2011, 8:09pm - by admin

FREE OPPORTUNITY TO GET ON STAGE AND PLAY!

The Magnet Mixers are shows occuring throughout the week where anyone from superstar to first time improviser can sign up and play on The Magnet stage.  Magnet students past and present join improvisers from all the world over and non-improvisers who just want to play, forming rare and wonderful one-night-only combinations.  The Magnet Mixers are often hosted by resident house teams, and always feature a fun and supportive environment for anyone to get on their feet and make people laugh through improvisation.

Magnet Mixers occur four times a week.  The regular mixers are:

Wednesdays at 11:30pm (sign ups at 11:00pm)
Thursdays at 7:00pm (sign ups at 6:30pm)
Saturdays at 12:00am (Midnight) (sign ups at 11:30pm)

There is also the weekly musical mixer, featuring accompaniment, where students, performers, and strangers come together to improvise musical scenes.  The Musical Mixer is:

Tuesdays at 10:15pm (sign ups at 9:45)

Come and play, you might get to do a scene with the olde-timey card player lady in the picture.

Thursday November 10, 2011, 7:31pm - by admin

 

Be part of the next generation of comedy video creators! FLICK is a monthly screening of filmed sketch and comedy produced by the best short filmmakers in the New York metro area. The show features new short videos each month, so submit your work early and often. After each month’s screening, a panel of Magnet faculty and staff will select the very best videos to be featured on the Magnet website for the following month. Make a splash! Get visibility for your creative content and meet future collaborators for the development of your work!

Here’s a recent winner:

Want to submit?  Read on after the jump.

CLICK TO READ MORE…

Thursday November 10, 2011, 6:05pm - by admin

The Rundown is the Magnet’s weekly showcase of improv ensembles, duos, and more.  Each Saturday at 6pm, you’ll find some of the very best strutting their stuff.  Featuring a mix of feisty up and coming groups and experienced veterans building their next big thing, The Rundown is always new, always fresh, and always exciting.  Each Rundown features three ensembles, and the groups rotate from week to week.  Come see the groups everyone’s buzzing about!

The Rundown
Saturday @ 6pm
Magnet Theater
$5

To submit your improv ensemble, duo, or project for consideration in The Rundown click here.

Tuesday October 18, 2011, 11:09pm - by admin

What is it?

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Inspirado is the only improv competition in the world!

Two teams randomly choose a challenge, then they compete. The audience votes on the winner. Challenges inspire. Inspiration leads to innovation. Innovation saves the world. Inspirado just saved the world. CLICK TO READ MORE…

Friday October 14, 2011, 3:34am - by admin

The Mantzoukas Brothers (Jason Mantzoukas and Ed Herbstman) made a short film that will premiere at this year’s Friars Club Comedy Film Festival.

Their film, ‘Ashley’, premieres tomorrow night, Friday October 14th night at 9pm at Chelsea Clearview Cinemas on 23rd street.

Tickets available here.Will The Mantzoukas Brothers’ close friendship survive when Jason gets a new girlfriend? Spoiler Alert: No fucking way.
Also appearing in the film are Magnet performers Melanie Hoopes, Charlotte Rabbe, Teddy Shivers, Joel Jones, Leanne Linsky, Desiree Nash, Joe Miles, Binu Paulose, Ruby Marez, Louis Kornfeld, and Megan Gray.
Wednesday September 7, 2011, 3:53pm - by Ed Herbstman

Short Circuit PhotoThe Circuit works like this: every Friday night at 10pm, three of the current six Circuit teams (composed of Magnet Students and veteran performers) 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. 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. So, who’s in on the action this time around? CLICK TO READ MORE…

Wednesday August 24, 2011, 5:55pm - by admin

Willy Appelman, Thin Skin Johnny and The Daily Show’s Wyatt Cenac after this month’s Deep Traffic show.

Wednesday August 24, 2011, 9:24am - by admin
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Recent TV spot featuring Ed Herbstman, co-founder of Magnet Theater, bobbing for apples.

Monday August 22, 2011, 4:27pm - by admin

Congratulations to the newest Musical Megawatt Teams!

NEW TEAM AQUA
Jon Bander
Laura Dlug
Joe Hendel
Julie Katz
Ruby Marez
Oscar Montoya
Michael Murnane
Ross Taylor

NEW TEAM AVOCADO
Ryan Dunkin
Andrew Fafoutakis
Dreagn Foltz
Woody Fu
Melissa Gordon
Sarah Puls
Jennifer Sanders
Drew Tarvin

NEW TEAM ROSE
Joel Arandia
Lorraine Cink
Shaun Farrugia
Chano Garcia
Jordan Hirsch
Ariana Murphy
Robin Rothman
Chris Simpson

Come out Tuesday, September 6th & 13th at 8:30 for the premiere of the new teams.