INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
Apr
6
to May 11

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturdays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHER: Ian Bratschie & Amrita Dhaliwal

*Class limited to 13

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything
Apr
6
to May 11

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything

Saturdays • 2pm-5pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: Tim Reid & Meera Kumbhani

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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ADVANCED - Together in Perfect Juxtaposition
Apr
7
to May 12

ADVANCED - Together in Perfect Juxtaposition

Sundays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: Kevin Krieger & John Norris

Pre-requsite: Intermidiot

Working with multiple players and creating more visual scenes. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

VERBAL AND PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIPS • STATUS • FOCUS

In the ADVANCED class performers learn to play with stage partners. For The Idiot there is never a fourth wall, so care is taken in order to sustain the relationship with the audience. Rather than create relationships with face to face dialogues, The Idiot uses more subtle elements like physicality, sound and tone. Performers will discover ways to create more visual scenes including the use of tableau, stage pattern, space and architecture. Performers will discover ways to create tension and dynamics through the use of status in their relationships.

Performers will learn to generate comedy through contrast, layers, and juxtaposition in a stage picture with multiple concurrent perspectives. Performers will discover how rhythm plays a key role in the exchange between multiple players and how the throwing and taking of focus drives the scene forward. Performers will explore creative and playful ways to challenge each other including counter-intuitive ways to “yes and” one another.

Total Cost: $230*

*Payment due in full upon registration. If unable to pay, please contact idiot@theidiotworkshop.com for payment options.

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BITS & PIECES - Creating Material For The Stage
Apr
7
to May 12

BITS & PIECES - Creating Material For The Stage

Sundays • 1pm-4pm • 6 Weeks • $250

TEACHERS: Gemma Soldati & Claire Titelman

Pre-requsite: TEACHER APPROVAL

Focus will be on solo and duo performance pieces. The goal is to devise stand-alone pieces that can be put up in all kinds of shows. Students are encouraged to bring in ideas they would like to work on.

DEVISING • IDEATION • COLLABORATION • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Culminating in a performance, this class will explore what it means to take each performer's unique Idiot out of the classroom and into the theater with a live audience. Performers will find and develop material that is unique to their comedic voice. Participants will develop a process for building a dynamic piece from a simple idea or impulse, and pieces will be developed and refined through technical focus on basic theatre skills, live direction and talkback.

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Wet The Hippo After Hours
Apr
27
10:00 PM22:00

Wet The Hippo After Hours

Join us for a wild night of comedy with a brand new show from Wet The Hippo, the folks that brought you:

The Murge -
"Lascivious, blasphemous and potentially dangerous… Spontaneous theater of the absurd" - LA Weekly

The Simple Simples -
"This is the kind of comedy we don’t get enough of." - Stage Raw

Wet The Hippo (original show) -
"This show should simply not be missed...transcendent...absolutely hilarious...beautiful...the whole thing feels like a jazz symphony made up on the spot by Duke, Miles, Coltrane and Fitzgerald. Yes, the members of Wet The Hippo are that good." - LA Bitter Lemons.

Artwork courtesy Eugenia Loli.

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Idiot Dome
Apr
28
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Apr
30
to May 1

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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The MURGE
May
12
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
May
18
to Jun 29

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturdays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250
(no class May 25th, Memorial weekend)
 
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHER: Ian Bratschie & Gemma Soldati

*Class limited to 13

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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A Very Special Writing Class
May
19
to Jun 30

A Very Special Writing Class

Sundays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250
(no class May 26th, Memorial Day Weekend)
*
Class size limited to 13

TEACHER: Claire Titelman

Pre-requsite: NONE

We're wondering : what would happen if we wrote in the Idiot Workshop. What would we say? What are we thinking when we're not thinking? How can we write that? And how do we say what we've written?

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything
May
19
to Jun 30

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything

Saturdays • 1pm-4pm • 6 Weeks • $250
(no class May 26th, Memorial weekend)
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: Meera Kumbhani & John Norris

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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Now What with John Gilkey
May
20
to Jun 24

Now What with John Gilkey

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mondays • 10am-1pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 16

TEACHER: John Gilkey

*Class limited to 16

Pre-requisite: Application required.

As a student of the Idiot Workshop and a member of the greater clown community you have become a strong and impactful performer. You have developed a power. Now, what do you wish to do with it?

NEXT STEPS • CHANGE • RESPONSIBILITY

What do you want to say? What needs to be said? Is it enough to just be funny and entertaining? Or does the clown have a responsibility?  Do tumultuous times like this call for a certain reaction from the clown? Whom are you speaking to? What kind of change, if any, do you wish to affect? As a member of a community what is your role? Let’s get together and explore our next steps. We will play and create as we always do, folding these challenges into our performances. My goal is that each of you walks away with a new piece that even further challenges you and your audience.

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Idiot Dome
May
26
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
May
28
to May 29

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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The MURGE
Jun
9
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Idiot Dome
Jun
23
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Jun
25
to Jun 26

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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The MURGE
Apr
14
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Mar
26
to Mar 27

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Idiot Dome
Mar
24
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Wet The Hippo After Hours
Mar
23
10:00 PM22:00

Wet The Hippo After Hours

National Monument

Join us for a wild night of comedy with a brand new show from Wet The Hippo, the folks that brought you:

The Murge -
"Lascivious, blasphemous and potentially dangerous… Spontaneous theater of the absurd" - LA Weekly

The Simple Simples -
"This is the kind of comedy we don’t get enough of." - Stage Raw

Wet The Hippo (original show) -
"This show should simply not be missed...transcendent...absolutely hilarious...beautiful...the whole thing feels like a jazz symphony made up on the spot by Duke, Miles, Coltrane and Fitzgerald. Yes, the members of Wet The Hippo are that good." - LA Bitter Lemons.

Artwork courtesy Eugenia Loli.

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The MURGE
Mar
10
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Feb
26
to Feb 27

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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BITS & PIECES - Creating Material For The Stage
Feb
25
to Apr 1

BITS & PIECES - Creating Material For The Stage

Mondays • 10am-1pm • 6 Weeks • $250

TEACHERS: Gemma Soldati

Pre-requsite: TEACHER APPROVAL

Focus will be on solo and duo performance pieces. The goal is to devise stand-alone pieces that can be put up in all kinds of shows. Students are encouraged to bring in ideas they would like to work on.

DEVISING • IDEATION • COLLABORATION • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Culminating in a performance, this class will explore what it means to take each performer's unique Idiot out of the classroom and into the theater with a live audience. Performers will find and develop material that is unique to their comedic voice. Participants will develop a process for building a dynamic piece from a simple idea or impulse, and pieces will be developed and refined through technical focus on basic theatre skills, live direction and talkback.

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Idiot Dome
Feb
24
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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ACTING AS DISASTER
Feb
24
to Mar 31

ACTING AS DISASTER

Sundays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250

TEACHERS: Meera Rohit Kumbhani and Tim Reid

*Class size limited to 12

Pre-requsite: NONE

We will bring in texts and plays by Chekhov, Pinter, Tennessee Williams, and others and interrogate the ways scripts are approached and brought into a rehearsal room. How can we take from those approaches, exaggerate and subvert them, slam them against a wall, and see what spills out? How can we find and exalt the role of the actor, especially the one who always exceeds the role they are given? This is still about serving plots, serving characters, serving the surmised designs of dead playwrights and absent-directors, serving the institution of theater as a cultural archive, but serving it so thoroughly and committedly that we are unrecognizable. Please note: There will be some homework and work between classes.

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INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
Feb
24
to Mar 31

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

Sundays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHER: Kevin Krieger

*Class limited to 13

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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INTRO - Saturday Afternoons - There Is Game In Everything
Feb
23
to Mar 30

INTRO - Saturday Afternoons - There Is Game In Everything

Saturdays • 2pm-5pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: Amrita Dhaliwal & Gemma Soldati

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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INTRO - Saturday Morning - There Is Game In Everything
Feb
23
to Mar 30

INTRO - Saturday Morning - There Is Game In Everything

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturdays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: Ian Bratschie & Claire Titelman

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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The MURGE
Feb
10
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Jan
29
to Jan 30

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Idiot Dome
Jan
27
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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The MURGE
Jan
13
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything
Jan
12
to Feb 16

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything

Saturdays • 2pm-5pm • 6 Weeks • $230
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: Meera Rohit Kumbhani & John Norris

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
Jan
12
to Feb 16

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

Saturdays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $230
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: Gemma Soldati & Eli Weinberg

*Class limited to 13

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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Movement Intensive Workshop
Jan
5
to Jan 6

Movement Intensive Workshop

Sundays • 11am-4pm • 6 Weeks • $230

MOVEMENT INTENSIVE - Your body deserves a break from monotony and obvious choices.

Instructors: Pearl Marill and Eli Weinberg

// 2 Days - Saturday & Sunday 11a-4p from Jan 5th - Jan 6th, @ The Eleven Studios in Glendale, class size limited to 20 //

Pre-requsite: NONE

For students of the Idiot Workshop, this intensive will give you the opportunity to focus on the body as a critical space for risk taking, building connection with the audience and mining the infinite possibilities for play.

Pearl Marill and Eli Weinberg share movement, improvisation and performance tools and techniques that help any level of performer jump boldly into the unknown.

Together we'll embark on a two-day exploration consisting of six core approaches to movement and creation: solo and duet play; text and movement; ensemble work; techniques for risk-taking; the gaze and performing presence; endurance and decision making. Each day we'll also take time for talking through process and writing/reflecting.

Slide and push it. Slap some sauce on your legs and ribs with this technique BBQ and dive into the absurdity of body and voice. Give yourself the gift of a staycation: your body deserves a break from monotony and obvious choices.

Total Cost: $120*^

*Payment due in full upon registration. If unable to pay, please contact idiot@theidiotworkshop.com for payment options.

^Refund policy: If you drop 3 or more days prior to the class start date, you will receive a partial refund (less the deposit of $50). If you drop 3 or fewer days before the class start date, 100% of tuition is nonrefundable.

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The MURGE
Dec
9
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Nov
27
to Nov 28

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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The MURGE
Nov
11
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Oct
30
to Oct 31

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every 4th Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Idiot Dome
Oct
28
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
Oct
27
to Dec 8

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

Saturdays • 2-5pm • 6 Weeks • $230
(Off Nov 24th for Thanksgiving)

TEACHERS: Kevin Krieger & Amrita Dhaliwal

*Class limited to 13

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything
Oct
27
to Dec 8

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything

Saturdays • 11a-2pm • 6 Weeks • $230 - SOLD OUT!
(Off Nov 24th Thanksgiving)

TEACHERS: Ian Bratschie & Claire Titelman

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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ACTING AS DISASTER
Oct
21
to Dec 9

ACTING AS DISASTER

Sundays • 2-5pm • 7 Weeks • $265
(Off Nov 25th for Thanksgiving)

TEACHERS: Meera Rohit Kumbhani & Tim Reid

*Class size limited to 12

Pre-requsite: NONE

We will bring in texts and plays by Chekhov, Pinter, Tennessee Williams, and others and interrogate the ways scripts are approached and brought into a rehearsal room. How can we take from those approaches, exaggerate and subvert them, slam them against a wall, and see what spills out? How can we find and exalt the role of the actor, especially the one who always exceeds the role they are given? This is still about serving plots, serving characters, serving the surmised designs of dead playwrights and absent-directors, serving the institution of theater as a cultural archive, but serving it so thoroughly and committedly that we are unrecognizable. Please note: There will be some homework and work between classes.

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The MURGE
Oct
14
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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WOM do Vegas
Oct
7
2:00 PM14:00

WOM do Vegas

MATINEE Sun. Oct. 7th 2:00PM

Tickets: http://www.cockroachtheatre.com/event/e59f04f5b6eb1b93142ac2b4875cc9bd


An irreverent tribute to feminist performance art of the 1970’s. Blending high energy movement, music, comedy and visual art the four women of WOM create an otherworldly womb-like atmosphere in which to explore young womanhood in the age of a declining patriarchy. It's a comedy show! 

WOM is:
Grace Lusk, comedian
Claire Woolner, misunderstood poet 
Lucia Brizzi, should’ve been ballerina
Meera Koombhani, extraterrestrial genius
Directed by John Gilkey Cirque Du Soleil. A Wet the Hippo production. In collaboration with visual artist Allison Honeycutt. Developed with Celebration Barn Theater

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