Aaron Pughes' Creating the Host Workshop

Creating the Host

The Host is another character in the show. The host is unique in that the character wears many hats at the same time and juggles the rest. This workshop examines the techniques and technical methods for being a successfully event host.

About Aaron Pughes

Aaron has hosted over 500 events and is the creator of Hawaii's Premiere Comedy Team - Think Fast Improv, Hawaii's longest running comedy open mic - Comedy Hospital, Honolulu's first weekly feature comedy show - Comedy Night at the Showroom and has hosted fundraisers for American Red Cross, Comedy Warriors, St Baldrick's, Childs Play Charity, Project Hawaii, and more. He has performed at the Oahu Fringe Festival in 2015 and made two appearances at Improvaganza.  Aaron studied improv at Laughtrack Theater and Second City's Jeff Griggs and Jonathan Pitts.

As often as possible we try to create specialized workshops that work on developing important aspects improv comedy, as well as communication and confidence both on and off stage. We are constantly seeking new and exciting programs and instructors to teach these workshops. If you have a program you would like to be considered for a workshop feel free to contact us via the Contact Us page.

Mike Brown's Solo Improv Workshop

Playing with Yourself

What just happened?! You did. Solo Improv is something that we do everyday without realizing it. Ever talk to yourself in the bathroom? Sure you don't. *wink* We all do. It's what connects us as human beings. All of our quirks, all of our insecurities....these are things that we can bring to the stage. And whether you are on stage performing with an ensemble or by yourself, it's all about finding something interesting to do with the time that has been giving to you.

About Mike Brown

Mike began his comedy career in 2005 as a Philadelphia Phillies “Phanstormer,” performing on-field sketches for the crowd. He studied at The PIT and The Magnet Theater in NYC, and has taught improv at The University of Oxford, John Jay College, and guest lectured at The Living Room Lecture Series at Lincoln Square. He has appeared on Gossip Girl, Law & Order, Cupid, and Mercy, and has performed in Improvaganza, The Boston Comedy Arts Festival, The Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival, Unscripted New York, The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, The Del Close Marathon, and internationally at The Toronto Improv Festival, The Bush Live Theater in London, and The Merlin Theater in Budapest, Hungary.

Special Workshops

Patrick Babbitt's The Pretty Flower Workshop

The Pretty Flower

The Pretty Flower is a format that is popular due to its high energy, strong characters, and scene flow. It appears at first glance to be a number of scenes with shifting characters until you realize that it is actually a single scene with tag outs that are used to explore a character and their history before returning to the original scene and continuing on to the next character.

About Patrick Babbitt

Patrick attended college at the Theatre School at DePaul University as well as Columbia College in Chicago. He studied and performed at Second City and IO (formerly Improv Olympic) in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles where he currently performs at IO West with the House Harold team Tub Step. He is also part of the sketch show Hot Butt which performs at Second City Hollywood, UCB and the Comedy Central Stage. He can be seen on NBC’s Community as well as Newsreaders on Adultswim. He has taught workshops at Chicago Center of the Performing Arts, Lollapalooza, Indianapolis Fringe and at Theatre Sports Vancouver.

Kyle Isao's Workshop

The Gift in Mistakes

Every performer, old or new, makes mistakes. Part of the problem is in knowing how to treat a mistake. Another part is being intimidated by the possibility of a mistake and performers who never seem to make them. This workshop is about how to change a mistake into a gift and how to be a stronger improviser/ actor/ comedian.

About Kyle Isao

Kyle Isao is an improviser and actor with over 10 years of improv performance experience at IO West, Upright Citizens Brigade and Second City LA. Isao has also been seen on CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond, NBC’s Will and Grace, the 2011 viral short “George Lucas Strikes Back”, and the upcoming motion picture, Martial Science.

Gillian Bellinger's Define the Scene Workshop  

Define the Scene

"Define The Scene" will help you define the funny of the scene, make authentic choices, and reveal unconscious habits. It will challenge you to really get honest about where you need to grow in your scene work and add tools to your tool belt to help you on that journey.

About Gillian Bellinger

Gillian Bellinger has been an improviser and corporate workshop facilitator for the last decade. Gillian is very fancy and has a BA in Communication Studies and Theater from Hamline University and conservatory studies at The London Academy of Theatre and The National Theater Institute. She currently teaches improv at The Second City Hollywood, American Musical and Dramatic Academy, Intentional Acting Studio, Westside Comedy Theater, corporate trains for Westside Corporate Creativity and Business Improv, and tours colleges performing comedy with Mission Improvable. Her personal website is www.gillianbellinger.com.