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Starting Strong: Longform Improv Intensive

Date and Time: 12/21/2019 1-5pm

Location: The Winchester Lakewood, OH

Cost: $60


When it comes to longform improvisation, how you start is important. If you put in the work up top, you won’t find yourself struggling to invent things later on. In this four hour longform improv intensive, students will focus on:

-Organic initiations - finding the first unusual/funny thing in a scene and building upon it with your scene partner

-Playing the game of the scene - finding and heightening patterns from the first unusual/funny thing

-Pulling information from monologues

-Constructing solid premise based initiations based on information from monologues focused coaching and feedback from your instructor.

Students should have a basic understanding or education/experience with longform improv. Space for this intensive is very limited; register early to guarantee seating.

The workshop will be from 1-5 pm with a 12 person cap.

Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.


Michael Busch is a Cleveland native who has spent over ten years working in the Los Angeles comedy scene.

He is a graduate of IO West’s improv program and studied at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre with UCB founders Matt Besser and Matt Walsh, among others. He was a member of House Improv (Harold) Teams at both IO West and UCBTLA, as well as various independent improv groups.

When in Los Angeles he continues to be a regular at The Upright Citizens Brigade and has performed at the grand openings of both the Sunset and Franklin stages. Other UCB credits include creator of The Midnight Show and producer for 4.5 years, writer/producer on Nick’s Big Talk Show, a monthly live talk show hosted by Nick Thune, and his solo shows such as Busch On Bridges, Beards, & Board Games and The Very Important Show.

As an actor, Michael has appeared in dozens of national commercials, including a series of spots for Alltel as the Sprint Guy. His television credits include The Goldbergs, The Middle, Pretty Little Liars, Human Giant, Community, and recurring sketches on Conan.

He has also written and produced original and branded content for companies such as FunnyorDie, Comedy Central Studios, CollegeHumor, AwesomenessTV, and