What the Philadelphia Improv Academy Will Do for You:

  • Develop your skills as improvisational performer using the long-form structure known as Harold
  • Mold topics and suggestions into an original on-the-spot routine through a weekly on-stage performance workshop
  • Translate your ideas into a funny scene by performing at the "top of your intelligence"

Class Includes:

  • Eight three-hour-long classes at Helium Comedy Club, Saturdays from 11AM to 2PM
  • A Graduation performance at Helium at 3:30PM on the Saturday immediately following the final class session (schedule permitting) in which participants perform for an audience of friends and family in a supportive, positive, and controlled environment

Class Dates

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About the Instructor:

John Frusciante got his start improvising in 1997 with the critically-acclaimed New Jersey improv troupe "Possible Side Effects." He began studying and performing at NYC's famed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in 1999, where he studied under Amy Poehler (SNL, Parks and Recreation), Ian Roberts (Key and Peele), Matt Walsh (Veep), and many more. He was a regular house team performer and instructor at the UCB Theatre for many years performing live improvisational and sketch comedy to sold-out crowds every week. John has served as the UCB Theatre’s first Artistic Associate and helped to guide the careers of some of the best performers and writers working today. John has performed all across the country as a member of the UCB Touring Company and taught dozens of improv workshops ranging from college improv groups to employees for Google, Reuters, and more.

"After taking John's class I can 100 percent say that he has really helped me get funnier and grow as an improviser and an actor. I highly recommend this class for anyone that wants to get into improv or just have a ton of fun." - Chris Eldridge, Helium Comedy Academy Student

“John is a smart, funny, and fearless improviser who also happens to be really good at teaching improv students to be smart, funny, and fearless was well. Highly recommended.” - Achilles Stamatelaky, writer (Broad City)

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