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Tuesday November 25, 2014, 4:14pm - by Magnet Theater

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Louis Kornfeld gets up on his soapbox along with Michael Girts and Mike Descoteaux to preach the virtues of bringing musical improv to the big stage. Blank! The Musical is a big budget improvised musical playing Off-Broadway at New World Stages in NYC. Louis talks with both Mikes about the hard work and planning that goes into producing such an incredible show, and how framing the performance and accepting the audience as an integral part of the show help to propel on-the-spot theater to new heights.

NYT Review: Click here; Broadway World Review: Click here; The Source Review: Click here.

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Enjoy Episode #22 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.

Friday November 21, 2014, 11:45am - by Magnet Theater

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On this episode of the Magnet Podcast, host Alex Marino chats it up with improviser and yogi Emily Shapiro about teaching yoga and doing improv in Costa Rica, Emily’s affection for Lord of the Rings, and people who look like Smeagol.

 

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Enjoy Episode #21 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.

Wednesday May 18, 2011, 7:54pm - by admin

The members of Trike hanging out on the set of The Daily Show! See Trike this Saturday at 10PM, this is their FINAL show as Leslie Korein will be moving to LA in the near future.

Trike is Nick Kanellis, Peter McNerney and Leslie Korein!

Wednesday April 27, 2011, 11:45am - by admin

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.

Thursday April 21, 2011, 5:48pm - by admin

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

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.

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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 circuit@magnettheater.com. Your email will be thrown into a computer hat, and then names will be selected by a robot which looks like this: