Is there a danger in catering an indie team’s form to what works best in rehearsals? I’m on a team that practices weekly, and we happened to try a monoscene in a session and it generally went better than the montages the group was originally doing - the hesitancy to edit and initiate (two of our biggest issues) were now non-factors, given the method of the form. The only thing is, we’re all 401 level students - are we avoiding problems that need to be confronted in doing monoscenes instead?

Not at all! Cater your form to your strengths. Your indie team is your chance to grow as a group and do what’s best for you.

There’s this weird tendency in improv to hamstring ourselves - either by running away from our natural impulses, sticking with coaches who insist on pulling us in an undesirable direction, or by just forcing a lot of headiness for no real reason - and I don’t get it and would love to stamp that out.

Anyway, it’s interesting because you still have to initiate and edit in a Monoscene. It’s just a slightly different way of molding the clay. (See Billy Merritt’s post on the Monoscene) When you master that, you could see how it works in every other form.

I would say it’s wise, however, to be aware of your initiating/editing issues in class or a practice group. Or, maybe, spend a group rehearsal just focusing on those skills.

But by all means, if the Monoscene feels good/right/fun/natural for your group, then keep exploring it!

(And if this was asked by someone I coached on Monday, you know what I’m talking about and you’re great. If you’re not in that group, I’d love to do a workshop on this subject.)

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The Scene - Every Thursday in July!

You can catch me at the PIT every single Thursday in July performing with an assortment of amazing hulks of improv comedy. 

Show starts at 9:30 PM and is 5 smackers. 

Have you been to the new PIT yet?  Well, you should! It’s lovely!

The PIT is located at 123 E 24th Street - Map it!

The Manifesto Show is proud to announcement

The Last Shamrock Bar Monoscene Night on March 29th 2013.

A night of monoscenes in one location and with several special bartenders!

Each performing team will have their monoscene set in a fictional bar called The Last Shamrock and each team will be rewarded a very special UCB regular performer as their bartender.

Very Special Bartenders: Alex Fernie, Becky Drysdale, Dave Thuene, Mary Holland, Casey Feigh, Marcy Jarreau, Joe Hartzler


Lonnie and Friends


Mom’s New Boyfriend

Team Lottery Slot


The Weather with Chip Van Der Dyke


All Your Friends

The Divorcees

10:30 pm


We are located at:

The Clubhouse []
1107 N El Centro Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

Remember, there’s a team lottery AND a jam every night, so everyone in the audience will have a chance to play.

We are improv for the people so admission is free, but we urge performers and audience alike to throw a few rubles in the donation bucket. There will also be beer and water available with donation.

– Team Info –

Lonnie and Friends: Jake Goldman, Danny Cohen, Taylor Orci, Jared Nigro, Ryan Hitchcock, Lonnie Donogan, Carmen Angelica

Paparazzi: A.J. Berna, Cole Fremed, Danny Jordan, Chase McCown, Sarah Stoecker, Ben Wells, Katie Willert

Mom’s new Boyfriend: Dan Amerman, Courtney Hawkins, Joshua Joy Kamensky, Cody Kopp, Thomas Ochoa, Kristie Rohwedder

Lottery Slot: Bring one or more friends and throw your team name in the hat at the top of the hour for the chance to play!!!

The Weather with Chip Van Der Dyke: Beth Alexandroff, Nina Concepcion, Mike Diaz, Cole Fremed, Chase McCown, Ashley Phillips

Skyballs!: Timm Sharp, John Paliferro, Josh Kaplan, Joe Kardon

All Your Friends: Kathy Yamamoto, Kathryn Molloy, Natalie Curfman, Mark McColey, Marissa Gallant

The Divorcees: Katie Nathan, Kevin Anderson, Daniel Landroche


Death by Roo Roo - monoscene - suggestion Karl Marx (by Nate Dern)


Ghost Fight improv ~18 May 2012~ “electricity”


This past Saturday, Season Six headlined the FIST Finals. This is one of those monoscene shows where everything goes crazy and all of the crazy goes right.



#381: Drew Freed – LET LOOSE

It’s different when the suits come off.

Go see Drew’s improv groups Farmer’s Daughter and The Monoscene at the Del Close Marathon: