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Wednesday February 3, 2016, 7:00am - by Magnet Theater

Michael Delaney Podcast Subscribe with iTunes

Founding member of legendary UCB ensembles The Swarm and The Stepfathers, MICHAEL DELANEY, sits down with host Louis Kornfeld to talk truth in improv, how time has affected his approach to comedy, and his reverence for the Harold.  Not only has Delaney been doing improv in NYC since before the arrival of the UCB, but he’s long been considered one of the greatest minds in both improv and sketch that this great city has to offer. Listen in to hear Louis interview his former teacher and to find out what gets under Delaney’s skin.

Louis took Delaney’s Level 3 class thirteen years ago and he still has his notes from it. CLICK TO READ MORE…

Monday February 1, 2016, 12:25pm - by Megan Gray

Show Offs

Working on a show? Want to put it up?

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.

 

Sunday January 24, 2016, 10:11am - by Magnet Theater

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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.

**Updated 2:30pm**

The Magnet Training Center will be open from 3pm9pm this evening.
Afternoon classes and class shows will take a place as scheduled.
Saturday January 23, 2016, 1:31pm - by Magnet Theater

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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!

Wednesday January 20, 2016, 7:00am - by Magnet Theater

Matt Evans Podcast Subscribe with iTunes

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…

Wednesday January 13, 2016, 7:00am - by Magnet Theater

Elena Skopetos Podcast Subscribe with iTunes

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…

Friday January 8, 2016, 9:47am - by Megan Gray

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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!

Scary
Bianca Roses
Amanda Rothman
Teis Jorgensen
Andy Lachman
Brielle Silvestri
Elise Williams
Alex Novac
Ben Kharakh
Coach: Tim Canty

Baby
Matthew Giglio
Christopher Bonet
Mari Stein
Karine Mendonca
Nikolai Solonski
Jenny Stokka
Rachelle White
Don Romaniello
Coach: Amanda Xeller

Sporty
Anisha Ramnani
Adina Forsstrom
Eric Stone
Michael Greene
Charles St. Charles
Yimin Peng
Everett Cox
Ivy Hong
Coach: Pat May

Ginger
Spencer T. Campbell
Aditya Otiv
Danielle Von Lehman
Virginia Hamilton
Lesley Hennen
John DeAmara
Perri Gross
Coach: Eleanor Lewis

Posh (Musical Team)
William Cybriwsky
Noel Hunter
Will Jacobs
Maggie Lalley
Adam Payne
Claudia Toth
Coach: Catherine Wing

Friday January 8, 2016, 8:00am - by Magnet Theater

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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?
It’s FREE.

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?

More questions?
Email: megan@magnettheater.com

See you there,
Amanda Xeller, Megan Gray & Chet Siegel

Wednesday December 30, 2015, 9:27am - by Magnet Theater

Chrissie Gruebel Podcast Subscribe with iTunes

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…

Wednesday December 23, 2015, 7:00am - by Megan Gray

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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

CLICK TO READ MORE…