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Tuesday November 26, 2013, 1:39pm - by Magnet Theater
think tank photo

Love ‘Duck Dynasty’? How about ‘Storage Wars’? ‘Hoarders’?

You’re not alone.  And now you, along with millions upon millions of people, just might fall in love with A&E’s new show, ‘Think Tank’. Or not. Because it’s not like those other shows at all.

think tank photo

We sat down in the Magnet Theater lobby with one of the show’s actors, Ed Herbstman (The Mantzoukas Brothers), to get an inside scoop.  It was a lively and wide-ranging conversation, and we hope you enjoy it.

Full Disclosure, Ed is one of the co-owners of Magnet Theater, and therefore we were very conscious of the appearance of a journalistic conflict of interest.  In light of this possibility, we made every attempt to be even-handed and unbiased.

Magnet Theater: So. This show.  What is it?

Ed Herbstman: Why do you ask that way?  Are you mad at me?

MT: Oh, you’re tough now because you’re on a TV show?

EH: Wow.  Do you hate me or something?  You’re really hostile.  Is this part of the interview?

MT: Can’t handle it Mr. I’m On a TV Show?

EH: First, it’s not technically a TV show.  It’s a web series.

MT: You calling me a liar?!

EH: Your phone just fell off the desk because you’re pounding it so hard.

MT: SHUT UP!  I’ll burn your house down!!

EH: Whoa, not okay.  Calm down please.

MT: …burn it down… motherfu—

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Thursday April 26, 2012, 12:21pm - by admin

 

Dave Razowsky and Ed Herbstman answered questions from Alex Marino and the audience on January 29th at Magnet Theater, and somebody recorded it.  Wanna listen to it?  Well here it is.  Enjoy.

Oh, and if you’d like to see them perform together in the very clearly titled, ‘Razowsky and Herbstman’, you can do so on Saturday night, April 28th at 9pm, on the Magnet Mainstage.

Make a reservation here.

And if you’d like to train with these guys (along with Rachel Hamilton and Armando Diaz and others) while enjoying swimming, kayaking, and campfires, you can sign up for Camp Magnet 2012!

 

Wednesday February 22, 2012, 3:39pm - by WillyAppelman

 

No screenplay.  No budget. Yet  it’s a film worthy of an oscar nomination.

But if you’re not there you’ll never get a chance to see it ever again.  On Thursday Feb. 23rd at 10pm, The Movie will have it’s last show as part of the new ‘Director Series’ at The Magnet Theater.  A stacked team of seasoned Magnet performers fill the stage to create a filmic masterpiece. Spielberg can suck it.

Directed by Ed Herbstman, this improvised movie is better and cheaper than anything out right now and it’s actually in 3-D for real!  Make a reservation, turn your cell phones off and please don’t talk back at the screen. Because there is no screen. They are real people. Why is this so hard for you to understand?

Tuesday January 31, 2012, 10:45am - by WillyAppelman

Growing up it was a bi-monthly event in my family.  We’d drive 45 minutes to the nearest movie theater, go out for Chinese Food and then go see something.  Something big.   But starting this Thursday my bi-monthly childhood treat will become a weekly one…

“The Movie” is coming to Magnet Theater!  This improvised long form will leave you a bit breathless.  It’s an entire improvised film, complete with cuts, pans, zooms, helicopter shots, and maybe even some prohibitively expensive CGI.  And if we’re lucky, we may get some Chinese Food before (but probably not).

It might be a heart-warming coming of age picture, or a tear-jerking sports hero battling cancer sort of thing.  Or maybe a sci-fi horror ‘stuck on a planet battling a monster (but the real monster is their own inner demon)’ sort of movie.  Maybe a combo of all three.  Doesn’t matter though.  I’ll be there.

“The Movie” is the first installment of The Directors Series, a 4-week series of performances wherein a Director selects a cast and presents a different form.  This month Ed Herbstman is directing Fiona Mallek, Jamie Rivera, Louis Kornfeld, Peter McNerney, Chet Siegel, Nick Kanellis, Christian Palluck, Woody Fu, Elana Fishbein and Alex Marino.  Every Thursday at 10pm in February!

Oh, and it’s part of Thursday Night Out – you get to see the whole night of shows for one $7 ticket.

–Willy Appelman

Monday January 30, 2012, 6:49pm - by catherinewing
In 2006, Josh Fulton, an alumnus of Magnet Megawatt teams Pax Romana and Science!, single-handedly embarked on an ambitious project, into which he poured countless hours of time and energy.  He decided to interview some of the most respected improv minds in the country, in person and over the phone.  He transcribed those interviews and posted them on his blog, Improv Interviews.  His very first interview was with Armando Diaz, co-founder of the Magnet Theater.
Armando Diaz being pointed at.

Armando Diaz being pointed at.

A complete list and breakdown of interviews come after the jump… 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 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 June 27, 2011, 3:28pm - by admin

The Mantzoukas Brothers won the Friars Club Improv Competition this past weekend.  For winning they get $5000 to put towards creating a short comedic film.  Congrats! You can catch them at the Magnet in July.

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 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.