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Wednesday October 19, 2016, 2:18am - by Magnet Theater

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A Megawatt performer since the very beginning, MATTHEW SHAFEEK, joins host Louis Kornfeld to talk about the different eras of Magnet, being a class clown, and, oh yes, gaming! These two performers go way back and have a lot of fun with this conversation. See Matt perform each week on Wednesdays with Metal Boy and on Saturdays with The Armando Diaz Experience!

Louis kicks off the episode my enlightening us to the fact that this Metal Boy has been in and out of Megawatt since the VERY beginning of Megawatt. How many teams has he been on?? Louis tries to guess! He and Matt discuss the different eras of Megawatt and even reflect on the days when you could take an eight-week Armando Diaz class for $99. Matt describes the role that improv has taken in his life and the balance it provides. He and Louis talk about what it means to be a class clown and Matt surmises that joking around in school was the beginning of his career in comedy. He even tells of the fan club he once created for himself! Both guys reflect on how nice it is to hang around comedians without having to do bits all the time and you won’t want to miss the moment when Louis says something that he thinks sounds insincere! That’s all before Louis asks about Matt’s life off-stage and he tells us that he’s a big time gamer. Matt gets into the board-game renaissance, how incredibly helpful games can be in social situations, and how gaming may be the future of storytelling. There’s no hotspot on this episode, but you better believe that we cap it all off with A Serious Scene Opposite A Jar Of Pickles! Huzzah!

Thursday April 28, 2011, 12:30pm - by admin

Chainsaw – Written by Jon Bander (Phooka). Directed and Edited by George Gross.


Featuring many Magnet Theater performers: Jared McGrail, Rachel Rauch, Bianca Casusol, Nick Bacan, Steph Garcia, Adam Taylor, Danielle Tolley, Jon Bander, Sean Taylor, Dan, Lucia Brizzi and Nicholas Feitel.


Good work everyone!

Thursday September 23, 2010, 10:04am - by admin

If you happen to be in Hawaii…

… go see great Magnet Theater groups at the 2010 Improvaganza Improv Festival at the Laughtrack Theater Company (1123 Bethel Street, HI) The Arts at Marks Garage (1159 Nu’uanu Avenue, HI).

Check out the schedule HERE.

You can see Hello Laser, Megalou and Phooka!

Thursday August 12, 2010, 10:31am - by admin

Featherweight & Phooka  hit the stage two years ago this week on the Wednesday night Megawatt stage.  Both teams have delighted audiences and provided us all with a consistently high level of patient and hilarious long form improv comedy every week.  Both of these teams have also taken their acts on the road and performed in multiple cities.

To celebrate their accomplishments we would like you to join us on Saturday August 14th at 10PM where each team will dazzle you with 25-30 minute sets.  254 West 29th Street, NYC.