Monday, May 11, 2015

Improv Camps! Kids! Tweens! Teens! Levels 1 & 2! Genre Improv! Musical Improv!



Here they are... Summer 2015 Improv Camps for Kids, Tweens and Teens! Registration is open... Sign up today...

Improv Camp Level 1: Intro to Improv for Kids
Ages 7-11 in this 4 day workshop. Class fee $125
Monday June 8- Thursday June 11, 12:00- 2:00pm

Improv at NCT is fun, fast paced, and full of positive energy… perfect for Kids!
Using fun, no-pressure improv games and exercises Kids will develop performance skills and comedic timing. Improv is a high energy way to learn team work, practice listening skills, and build confidence that will help in the class room and beyond. 

Camp fee is $125.00
Class size is limited.
To register call or email 602-374-5638,
workshops@nctphoenix.com

Improv Level 1: Intro to Improv for Tweens & Teens
Ages 12-17  in this 4 day workshop. Class fee is $125
Monday June 8- Thursday June 11, 3:00- 5:00pm

Improv at NCT is the perfect way to get tweens & teens thinking on their feet and using positive, creative energy!

Tweens & teens will learn the same fun, fast paced improv games and scenes seen on stage at NCT. Through on stage participation and positive instructor feedback, tweens & teens will develop performance skills and comedic timing. Improv is a high energy way to learn team work, practice listening skills, and build confidence that will last.  
Camp fee is $125.00
Class size is limited.
To register call or email National Comedy Theatre 602-374-5638,
workshops@nctphoenix.com

Improv Level 2: Advanced Improv Camp & Performance for Kids
Ages 7-11  in this 5 Day Workshop with Performance. Class fee is $155
Monday June 22- Friday June 26, 12:00- 2:00pm  Performance Friday June 26 1:15pm

For kids with a little bit of improv experience under their belts, NCT’s Level 2 will develop skills even further and focus on performance abilities.
Kids will continue to practice and learn the same popular, fast paced improv games seen on stage at NCT. Kids will also learn how to perform those games for a live audience of friends and family. 
Each participant will develop skills through on stage participation and dedicated, positive instructor feedback. Level 2 will focus on performance skills, self confidence and comedic timing. 
Camp fee is $155.00   Class size is limited.
To register call or email National Comedy Theatre 602-374-5638, workshops@nctphoenix.com

Level 2: Advanced Improv & Performance for Tweens & Teens
Ages 12-17  in this 5 Day Workshop with Performance. Class fee is $155
Monday June 22- Friday June 26, 3:00- 5:00pm
Performance Friday June 26, 4:15pm

For tweens & teens with a little bit of improv experience under their belts, NCT’s Level 2 will develop skills even further and focus on performance abilities.
Tweens & teens will continue to practice and learn the same popular, fast paced improv games seen on stage at NCT. Tweens & teens will also learn how to perform those games for a live audience of friends and family. Each participant will develop skills through on stage participation and dedicated, positive instructor feedback. Level 2 will focus on performance skills, self confidence and comedic timing.
Camp fee is $155.00    Class size is limited.
To register call or email National Comedy Theatre 602-374-5638,
workshops@nctphoenix.com

Genre Improv for Kids & Tweens
Ages 8-12 in this 4 day workshop. Class fee is $125.00
Monday July 6- Thursday July 9, 12:00- 2:00pm


In THIS improv comedy class, participants will expand their improv skills and knowledge into genre studies and genre parody.
Using fun, no-pressure improv games, exercises and mixed media presentations kids & tweens will examine the details of genres frequently parodied in improv comedy; such as western, sci-fi, fantasy/adventure, noir, mystery, Shakespeare and more. Kids & tweens will use what they learn about each genre in improv scenes and games while getting on stage experience and one on one instructor interaction.
Camp fee is $125.00 Class size is limited. To register call or email National Comedy Theatre 602-374-5638, workshops@nctphoenix.com

Genre Improv for Teens
Ages 13-17 in this 4 day workshop . Class fee is $125
Monday July 6- Thursday July 9, 3:00-5:00pm

In THIS improv comedy class, participants will expand their improv skills and knowledge into genre studies and genre parody.
Using fun, no-pressure improv games, exercises and mixed media presentations teens will examine the details of genres frequently parodied in improv comedy; such as western, sci-fi, fantasy/adventure, noir, mystery, Shakespeare and more. Teens will use what they learn about each genre in improv scenes and games while getting on stage experience and one on one instructor interaction.
Camp fee is $125.00  Class size is limited.
To register call or email National Comedy Theatre 602-374-5638,
workshops@nctphoenix.com

Musical Improv for Tweens & Teens
Ages 11-17 in this 4 day workshop class fee $125
Monday July 20- Thursday July 23, 1:00- 3:00pm

In Musical Improv class, tweens & teens will learn to make up songs on the spot and  incorporate those songs into improv scenes and games!
Using encouraging, positive and fun improv games, exercises and mixed media presentations tween & teen participants will learn about the elements that create a good song, musical number, or musical improv scene. Participants will then use what they learn to spontaneously create songs and musical scenes on stage with one on one instructor interaction.
Camp fee is $125.00… Class size is limited.
To register call or email National Comedy Theatre 602-374-5638,
workshops@nctphoenix.com

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Summer Summer Summertime Events at National Comedy Theatre!



Here's what we got on the dockets at NCT this May and June! 

Improv Uncensored at National Comedy Theatre
Thrusday May 14th 7:30pm (17+) $8

Totally spontaneous and out of control improv comedy takes the stage at National Comedy Theatre’s Improv Uncensored! Unlike NCT’s weekly Competitive Comedy Shows, Improv Uncensored features comedy created on the spot from a single audience suggestion… AND, at Improv Uncensored, there is no Ref, no Rules, no Brown Bag Foul and no one under 17 admitted!

Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

Two Show Thursday
Thursday May 21 at 7:30pm, $8 All Ages

THIS TWO Show Thursday only happens once a year as NCT’s Thursday Night Troupe shares the stage with High School Improv League All Stars! All night long you (the Audience!) will shout suggestions, laugh your heads off, and maybe even pick from the Bucket of DOOM! First up on May 21… the Thursday Night Troupe. TNT will have you rolling with their explosive, fast paced improv comedy. Next up are the High School Improv League All Stars! Each of our 11 High School Improv League Teams will choose their best and brightest for this show, which only comes around once a year!

Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html
And join us for Future Two Show Thursday events on June 4 and June 18.

Improv Pros Vs. Champs!
NCT’s High School League Champions take on the Professional Improvisers!
Friday May 22, 7:30pm $12- $14, All Ages
Only ONE High School Improv Team earns the right to take on the NCT Pros each year, and this year the competition was even more fierce than ever! 11 High Schools from across the Valley participated in the High School League Tournament- and only ONE won the most judge’s votes. See the Champions take on you professional improvisers from NCT in this epic battle!
Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

NCT at Phoenix Comicon 2015
Thursday May 28- Sunday May 31

Check online at http://www.phoenixcomicon.com/ for our showtimes & panels!


The Midnight Show
Saturday 5/30  at  11:45pm  $8        17+
National Comedy Theatre’s monthly foray into the uncensored & unknown goes down on the last Saturday of the month at 11:45 featuring uncensored, anything goes improv comedy. NO BROWN BAG FOUL at this unrated show, so audiences are limited to ages 17+
Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

Two Show Thursday: NCT’s Variety & Improv Show
Thursday June 4th at 7:30pm, $8 All Ages


All night long you (the Audience!) will shout suggestions, laugh your heads off, and maybe even pick from the Bucket of DOOM! First up on June 4th… the Thursday Night Troupe. TNT will have you rolling with their explosive, fast paced improv comedy.
Next up are the Level 3 Team! Even more hilarious and spontaneous improv from the best of National Comedy Theatre’s Workshop team!

Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html
And join us for Future Two Show Thursday events on June 18 & July 2nd.

Improv Summer Camps for Kids, Tweens & Teens... check for info in an upcoming blog, online at nctphoenix.com and on our facebook and twitter pages!

Spoof N Cinema presents… Sci-Fi Surprise!
Thursday June 11, 7:30pm,        FREE   ALL AGES

Like Rifftrax or MST3K? Spoof N Cinema: Sci-Fi Surprise is for you!
At Sci-Fi Surprise you can check out the Best of the Best Spoof N Cinema that the team at NCT created for Phoenix Comicon 2015! New, hilarious dialogue, sound effects, plot twists and more- created LIVE, by the actors, as the movie plays.
…and, because it’s Sci-Fi Surprise, you never know what you are going to get! Will it be Star Wars? Star Trek? Doctor Who? Goosebumps?? It could be ANYTHING!

Make reservations online, tickets are FREE but they go fast!
http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

Two Show Thursday: TNT Improv & The Matthew Turner Experience
Thursday June 18th at 7:30pm, $8 All Ages

All night long you (the Audience!) will shout suggestions, laugh your heads off, and maybe even pick from the Bucket of DOOM! First up on June 18th… the Thursday Night Troupe. TNT will have you rolling with their explosive, fast paced improv comedy.
Next up, the Matthew Turner Experience will have you singing and laughing along with a mixture of stand up, sketch, song parody and unexpected twists.
Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

Improv Uncensored plus Sci-Fi Surprise After Dark
Thursday June 25th                        7:30pm         $8       Ages 17+
Improv Uncensored means no rules, no Ref, no Brown Bag Foul, no holds barred and nothing is off the table! At June’s Improv Uncensored show, not only will you get totally spontaneous and naughty improv, you also get Sci-Fi Surprise After Dark! Your favorite sci-fi cartoon shows get a new, R rated twist with new dialogue, new plot twists, new sound effects and more created live, by the actors as the movie plays.
Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

The Midnight Show
Saturday 6/27  at  11:45pm  $8        17+
National Comedy Theatre’s monthly foray into the uncensored & unknown goes down on the last Saturday of the month at 11:45 featuring uncensored, anything goes improv comedy. NO BROWN BAG FOUL at this unrated show, so audiences are limited to ages 17+
Get tickets online now at http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html

Come check us out!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

High School Improv League Tournament 2015!



2015 High School Improv League Tourney!
This year 11 Schools from across the Valley participated in improv classes and shows and now... it's time for the annual League Tournament! 
 
Each of our 11 teams will participate in 1 Competitive Show, facing off with another League team, plus a 10 Minute Showcase of their best improv abilities!
This year's teams include:
Basha's Sudden Impact Comedy Team, Horizon's 56th St Comedy Club, Agua Fria's Cold Water Comedy, Campo Verde's Copperpocalypse, Perry High's Perrywinkles, Liberty High's Liberty Hysteria Society, Centennial's Plan B Improv Team, Willow Canyon's And...Scene! Improv, Mountain Pointe, Tempe High, and Arizona School for the Arts R.U.N. Improv Team!

Both days are open to audience at $5, seating is subject to availability and showtimes are subject to change...

Day 1:    Competitive Comedy Day!            Saturday May 9th
10:30am Doors Open
11:00am               Competitive Show #1     Basha Sudden Impact Comedy vs. Tempe High
11:45am               Competitive Show #2     Willow Canyon And… Scene! vs. Perry Perrywinkles
12:30pm               Competitive Show #3     Centennial Plan B  vs. Liberty Hysteria Society
1:15pm                 Competitive Show #4     Campo Verde Copperpocalypse vs. ASA R.U.N Improv
2:00pm                 Competitive Show #5     Horizon 56th St Comedy Club vs. Mountain Pointe
2:45pm                 Competitive Show #6     Agua Fria Cold Water Comedy vs. Team Random
3:15pm                 Expected Wrap Time

Day 2:    Individual Comedy Showcases & Awards!   Saturday May 16th
1:30pm                 Doors Open
2:00pm                 Tempe High
2:15pm                 Liberty Hysteria Society
2:30pm                 Campo Verde Copperpocalypse
2:45pm                 Centennial Plan B
3:00pm                 Horizon 56th St Comedy Club
3:15pm                 Basha Sudden Impact COmedy
3:30pm                 Willow Canyon And…Scene!
3:45pm                 ASA R.U.N. Improv
4:00pm                 Mountain Pointe
4:15pm                 Agua Fria Cold Water Comedy
4:30pm                 Perry Perrywinkles
**at this time audience will be excused. Participants and judges only will remain.**
4:45- 5:30             Judges Decisions & Pizza
5:30- 6:00pm      Awards!

Here are some pictures from years past...






Tuesday, March 24, 2015

We Got it All on UHF...and YOU can WIN it!

 Thursday Night!
 7:30pm! $5!
 at NCT! Get Tickets HERE.

 We are celebrating UHF!
And we don't want you to leave empty handed... Here are all the ways that YOU can walk away with some fun stuff at Thursday's event.
When you get to the show, go ahead and spin our Wheel of Fish! You can win one of these fabulous prizes or... you can trade for whats in the box. Which is NOTHING! 
ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!
 
Right before the show begins at 7:30 we will be asking YOU (the Audience) to decide who has the most fabulous Spatula in the house! That person will walk away with this prize pack:

 After the movie, but before the live Edcuating [Geeks] Podcast recording, we have 3 Trivia Questions and prizes!




 Pretty Exciting! GET TICKETS right now and JOIN US! We got it all on UHF!

Monday, March 9, 2015

My Top 5 Weird Al Songs, by NCT's Mr. Voice, Paul Whitney


Being a hardcore Weird Al fan since 1983 and having seen him live 10 times, being given the task of coming up with a Top 5 song list is quite daunting.  Each Weird Al album (and each song for that matter) has a special place in my heart.  However, I love challenges so here it goes... 

My number 5 song would have to be the Weird Al song that I find most biographical about my own life.  It is a song that when I am cruising around downtown after a Suns game (okay I’ve done it once because I missed a turn), I will roll my windows down and blast it to show everybody who I am.  It is his parody of Chamillionaire’s “Ridin” known as “White and Nerdy.”  Everything about this song parody is perfect made even better by the video which has an incredible performance by Donnie Osmond.  Fun fact:  When Donnie Osmond asked Weird Al what he was supposed to do in the album, Weird Al said just “act yourself.”  Oddly enough, in a February interview with Dan Rather, Weird Al stated that this song was as close to an autobiographical song that he has ever written as well. I knew there was a connection between the two of us.



My number 4 song would have to be Weird Al’s birthday song entitled Happy Birthday.  While this song was on his first album in 1983, I think the sarcastic nastiness still holds up to this day. Thinking back to when I was a sarcastic 10 year old, this was the perfect song to hook me.  On a serious note, it is kind of sad to think that none of the problems Weird Al jokes about in this song have been fixed.  Thanks Obama and Bush and Clinton and Bush and Reagan....

I will put Weird Al’s parody of Nirvana at number 3 Smells Like Nirvana.  While I like this song, I am putting it on the list solely because it reminds me of one of my favorite Weird Al stories.  I was in Monterrey, Mexico in 1993 at a SeƱor Frogs.  I was standing against a wall watching everyone dance and have a good time grooving to the hits when the DJ played Weird Al’s Smells Like Nirvana thinking it was the real Nirvana hit.  The irony of watching all these people getting down to a Weird Al parody forever etched this song in my heart even if I could have really cared less about Nirvana.



Number 2 would be a tie of songs from the Weird Al in 3-D album.  I remember spending many a car ride singing both “I Lost on Jeopardy” and “Theme from Rocky XIII” as a kid.  Funny enough, I never realized “I Lost on Jeopardy” was an actual parody until I was at the grocery store a while back and heard the original song being played.  Also, since the “Theme from Rocky XIII” came out around the same time as Hulkamania was running wild and using “The Eye of the Tiger” as his theme song, I always envisioned the song was actually about how Hulk Hogan would be today.  Funny enough, it’s not too far off.



And now for my number one Weird Al hit.  You may think I will choose one of his Star Wars or MJ parodies.  While I love all those, my favorite Weird Al song would have to be “Christmas at Ground Zero.”  I have always loved the contrast between happy Christmas song and nuclear war and mutual destruction.  To me, it is the perfect parody though it could use a little updating to take into account on line shopping.



I am so proud that finally in 2014 Weird Al achieved a level of respect nationally that I feel he always deserved.  The only weird thing is with Weird Al winning a Grammy, having the #1 album in the country, and getting a Radio Shack commercial, I am beginning to wonder if it is still nerdy to like Weird Al.  But all I have to do is put on “White and Nerdy” and I am reminded.  Yes, no matter how popular Weird Al may become, there will always be a certain amount of nerdiness about him and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Long live Weird Al!!!

...Thanks Paul Whitney... want more Weird AL? Want to hear Paul Whitney's take on the classic UHF?
Join us...
UHF (Weird Al Yankovic) Screening Event
Thursday March 26th at 7:30pm $5 (PG-13)

Bring your favorite spatula…. We got it all on UHF!

In 2014 Weird Al had 8 #1 Hits and a chart topping album. This year he won a grammy...
in 1989 he was a lowly station manager at U-62!
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of UHF! George Newman (Weird Al) fills the broadcast day with bizarre programming, turning Channel 62 into an overnight success. Soon, rival station CEO R.J. Fletcher threatens to sabotage Channel 62, and George must come up with a way to save it!

Plus! Bring your finest Spatula for the Best Spatula contest and spin the Wheel of Fish for Prizes! AND, a LIVE podcast with Educating [Geeks] follows the screening, included with admission. Laugh along and even participate as the Educating [Geeks] crew hash out the best and worst moments of UHF along with your Geek Host, UHF Super Fan and our First Timer, who is seeing the movie for the very first time. Prizes provided by Bookmans & NCT.

Get tickets online: http://www.nctphoenix.com/showtimes.html
Check out Educating [Geeks] here:  http://www.educatinggeeks.com/