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You Are Not Your Anxiety Show  | Open: 10/03/19 Close: 10/03/19
Double Feature “You Are Not Alone” & “The Anxiety Show” Team Up For A ONE NIGHT ONLY BENEFIT For Vibrant Emotional Health At NYC's Magnet Theater October 3rd

NEW YORK CITY – OK. WE GET IT. There are wonderful people in this world who grew up with the perfect amount of nurturing, who live simple lives with excellent boundaries, and have managed to keep an even keel despite the odds. 

This show is not for those people.
 
YOU ARE NOT ALONEan improvised comedy uniting improvisers and artists battling depression and mental illness, teams up with THE ANXIETY SHOW, a Canadian alt dark variety comedy show exploring different mental health disorders, as told by comedians, musicians, storytellers, and others firsthand, to make a ONE-NIGHT-ONLY DOUBLE BILL FUNDRAISER for Vibrant Emotional Health (the parent company behind the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, NYC Well, and other NYC-based life-saving initiatives). 

THE ANXIETY SHOW has been featured on CBC, CUTV, and Global News, and explores the theme F**K NYC! On the bill are Danny Vega, Louie Pearlman, Kerry Ipema (One Woman Sex in the City), Kurt Fitzpatrick, Michele Lanham, and YOU in the Open Mic! YOU ARE NOT ALONE, in celebration of its five-year anniversary, will feature the core cast Aaron Gold, Michael Serpe, Candice Opperman, Justina Sparling, Shaun Farrugia, Tom Sanchez, and Ivy Hong, alongside special guests!

So don’t do it alone - come get dark with us and heal through hilarity!  We brought cookies.

**** “Funny and honest” - CBC
**** “Clever, talented and energetic” - NOW Magazine
 
Date: Thursday Oct 3, 2019, 7:00pm & 8:30pm
 
Tickets: $7 per show ($14 total)

Venue: 
The Magnet Theatre
254 West 29th Street, New York, NY 10001
(Between 7th & 8th Avenue)
(212) 244-8824   

Tickets can be purchased online at:

yanatas.com

More information can be found at:

www.meganphillips.com

www.aaron-gold.com

CREATIVE TEAM
YANA – Select Cast Bios:

Aaron Gold is the founder and host of You Are Not Alone, as well as the podcast Don't Mind If I Don't, where fans and experts of things he doesn't like convince him why he is wrong. You may have heard him in Disney XD cartoons, or seen him on commercials for Boxed.com. If you see him, tell him how proud you are of him. You can lie to his face, he won't mind. 

Michael Serpe is the co-host of You Are Not Alone. He can also be seen performing once a month at the Magnet Theater in Sequel: The Musical and serves as a fight choreographer for many community theaters in the tri-state area.

Justina Sparling is a Texas-born, South Carolina-raised, Wyoming-loving, Ohio-judging, New York-based improviser. She has been improvising since high school and loves it because the people are so great. She performs weekly at the Magnet theater, and before moving to New York in 2017 she did improv at Alchemy Comedy Theater in Greenville and Theater 99 in Charleston.

Candice Opperman began doing improv in 2012 to offset an intense career in finance. Officially burning out in 2013, she left finance after 10+ years to pursue performing and mental health full time. She credits Magnet Theater as a major factor in her recovery and is grateful to everyone in the community! Candice has advanced degrees in math and her Masters in Business. She is also a multiple degree black belt and former world champion in Shukokai Karate. Nowadays Candice is writing, acting and performing at Magnet as well as touring with her award winning Indy Improv Team "Five for Vendetta". Candice loves physical fitness and helping with creative projects so if you need help with either, reach out to her!

Shaun Farrugia has been performing since 2004. He tours internationally with his team Honey (https://honeyimprov.com)  and helped build Shaun.Lol, a platform for generating fake Ted Talks built with Kory Mathewson (of RFT Theater Edmonton) and Thomas Winters. He's interested in Techno, Psychology, Tattoos, black coffee and cool sneakers. He has taught improv for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Conferences and improv festivals. His website is https://bugtank.com/

Ivy Hong has studied improv at both the UCB Theatre and Magnet Theater. She was in 2018's FringeNYC in Serving Brûlée, followed by The Testament of Josh: A Flesh and Blood Musical at The Brick in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The three things Ivy would take to a deserted island are the means and access to escape, but the desire for a tropical holiday. Find her on Instagram: @ivyoftheworld

The Anxiety Show
Megan Phillips (The Anxiety Show - Creator, Producer)

Megan Phillips is a Canadian writer/performer and wombat-lover who has written and toured award-winning shows across North America since 2012 (People Suck – co-written with Peter Cavell, PeriscopeNot Enough). She is ¼ of Codenames Improv, a monthly improv sleepover show, runs the Anxiety Show in Vancouver (supporting others to transform their personal demons into lolz), Watch for the Australian production of People Suckas part of Theatreworks Melbourne’s in November 2019. @megnatphil meganphillips.com

Kerry Ipema is a writer and actor based in Brooklyn. Most recently, she premiered Six Chick Flicks...or a Legally Blonde Pretty Woman Dirty Danced on the Beaches While Writing a Notebook on the Titanic at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival written with TJ Dawe following their successful show One Woman Sex and the City which had an off-Broadway run, a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, a UK tour, and continues to tour North America. She also has a solo show Sex Ed and is the creator of Lady Bits, a theatrical fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. She’s toured with PostSecret: the Show and has performed in New York with Accomplice, Woodshed Collective, The Flea, UCB, and The PIT. Kerry lives in Brooklyn and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago.

Danny Vega is an NYC-based stand up comedian who has been featured on Food Network, TheFlama.com, and Betches. His stand up was featured on television (it's like streaming YouTube) on the show Trial by Laughter. He is a regular doing stand up around the city and has been seen at Gotham, New York Comedy Club, and more. His podcast, Am I The A**hole? Podcast, was recently covered by The Daily Dot. Danny's viral video, "I'm Walkin' Here: Casa Grande" is currently in the top 30 most-upvoted videos of all time on reddit's videos subreddit. He loves a soft brioche. 

Kurt Fitzpatrick toured the Canadian and U.S. Fringe Festival circuit from 2004 to 2016 and then back again in 2019. He wrote and performed five solo shows, including the current show "Behind Every Great Mariska Hargitay is a Great Kurt Fitzpatrick." He also wrote and co-starred in "Best Picture," which was named Patrons' Pick in Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Orlando, and won the Producers Pick in the London Fringe Festival. In January he will be performing in "Uber Taxi Cab Confessions" at Winterfest in NYC.  He can be heard on the podcast "A Lifetime of Hallmark."  www.KurtFitzpatrick.com

Michele Lanham She's bold, she's brazen and busty. PTSD in tow since she was 19. There is not a coping skill she has not overturned, a homeopathic remedy she has not tried or a Saint she has not consulted. Doing comedy for more than several years now, she is ready to conquer the Anxiety Show. Thanks Megan for this opportunity!

Louie Pearlman has been an innovator and a maverick of the New York City comedy and arts scene since 2002. Louie's officially-licensed Archie Comics/Riverdale stories "Nice Girls Finish Last,"“Nice Girls Finish Last 2: Hell Week” and “Riverdale’s Worst Nightmare” are currently available on the platform Yarn. Louie also co-hosts and produces the pop culture podcast XOXO Riverdale, and the live streaming radio show Kick The Jukebox. His pieces have appeared on Gizmodo, Rebeat Magazine and Tough Pigs. For over ten years Louie has been a producer, director, performer and teaching artist with the nationally recognized arts education company Story Pirates, where he's performed nationally in theaters, music festivals and schools.

https://youtu.be/piS3kpUdm6A

Help Wanted: Pirates!  | Open: 05/19/12 Close: 07/08/12
A Musical for Children performed by Adults!

Captain Squid and his fun-loving band of pirates are being hunted by Sir Nigel, the maniacal leader of the British Navy.  They need to clear out of Nigel’s waters, and fast, but there aren’t enough pirates to man the ship.  In a stroke of genius, Squid recruits the audience and teaches your children the tools of the pirate trade!  The audience moves from one location to the next, learning how to walk, talk and squawk like a pirate!  Will Squid’s new recruits (that’s you) be ready in time to find the treasure?   No two shows are the same in this delightful interactive musical.
 

The cast features the talents of JESSICA KAUFMAN (Dear Edwina), JAMES DAVID LARSON (Spamalot Nat’l Tour), KATIE CORTEZ (Go Diego Nat’l Tour), ERIC WILLIAMS (St. Louis MUNY), AMBER GRANT, MILES SMITH, ELIZABETH TWACHTMAN, and ANDREW WHEELER.


About the Company: Sitters Studio Productions

 

SITTERS STUDIO PRODUCTIONS was founded as a way to add professional artistic opportunities to the Sitters Studio company. For the past 6 years Sitters Studio has been dedicated to sharing arts with children and it extends that mission with professional children’s theater. Over 500 artists have worked with Sitters Studio making it known throughout NYC as a unique community that supports the lives of working artists. Currently serving over 300 children a week, Sitters Studio’s goal is to continue to find innovative ways to bring artists and children together.

Megawatt  | Open: 03/08/12 Close: 03/29/12
High-powered improv from Magnet's own Super Groups. Our resident ensembles gather to dazzle audiences with various forms of improv comedy. The forms are constantly evolving, and no two shows are the same. Come see what your favorites are up to this week. Every Wednesday at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm, and 10:00pm.

 

Magnet Theaterhosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays in February at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com.  Tickets are $7; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

Citizen Models  | Open: 02/10/12 Close: 02/28/12
Three cowboys settle their scores the old fashioned way. An old Broadway star finally attempts her long-anticipated comeback. And, in a blatantly self-referential sketch, a young comedian tries to convince his friend to come see his show. These sketches and more, in the classic Citizen Models style-- funny and good.  CITIZEN MODELSis fast-paced, smart, theatrical sketch comedy that could almost be classified as "Performance Art." You'll have to see it for yourself to know what that means, but you'll probably agree.

Written, directed, produced, and performed by Anne Fidler, Kevin Young, Paul Travisano, and Tyler Foltz. 

 

Magnet Theaterhosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays in February at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

Choral Rage  | Open: 02/04/12 Close: 02/25/12
Belonging to one of the Magnet Theater's maiden voyage Musical Megawatt Teams, CHORAL RAGEcreates an out of this world musical journey into the depths of your imagination. Through their masterful harmonies and comedic colloquy, they create an entire musical based on your suggestion.

Magnet Theaterhosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays in February at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com.  Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

Theory Of Everything  | Open: 02/04/12 Close: 02/25/12
Three Magnet instructors wrestle with the gods and let them win in this fully improvised show about anything and everything. Featuring Mark Grenier, Louis Kornfeld, and Charlie Whitcroft. Every Saturday at 7:30pm.

Magnet Theaterhosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays in February at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

Trike  | Open: 02/04/12 Close: 02/25/12
TRIKE is a two-person improvisational joy ride built upon bold characters and seamless transitions. TRIKEnever stops to consider its direction but rather gracefully plummets down the staircase of discovery, landing momentarily in a quiet relationship here, a fiery exchange there or a boisterous abstraction somewhere in between. Featuring Peter McNerney and Nick Kanellis. TRIKE is a *A TIME OUT NEW YORK CRITIC’S PICK*

Magnet Theaterhosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays in February at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

Gausas & Megalou  | Open: 02/03/12 Close: 02/24/12
Veteran improviser Christina Gausas joins duo MegaLou (Megan Gray and Louis Kornfeld). MegaLou combines 14 years of dating with 6 years of friendship with Gausas for a night of improvised unity.

 

Magnet Theaterhosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays in February at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

Made-up Musical  | Open: 02/03/12 Close: 02/24/12
The MADE-UP MUSICALsings and dances its way onto the Magnet Theater stage with a one-of-a-kind musical comedy every week.  After an interview with an audience member, the cast weaves together a full one-act musical, complete with all the songs, trappings and melodrama an audience expects from our friends on Broadway.  FeaturingJohn O’Donnell, Tara Copeland, Jessica Allen, Morgan Phillips, Michael Martin, and Leah Gotcsik with music provided by Frank Spitznagel.

Magnet Theaterhosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays in February at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com.  Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

The Director Series  | Open: 02/02/12 Close: 02/23/12
Veteran improviser and actor Ed Herbstman directs an all-star cast of improvisers in "The Movie" form, originally developed by The Family in Chicago.

Magnet Theaterhosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays in February at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

Ugh! A Magnet Valentine's Day Spectacular  | Open: 02/14/12 Close: 02/14/12
Have you ever been in love? Have you ever stumbled your way toward a first kiss? Have you ever thrown up? If you answered yes to one of these questions, then you are hereby ordered to see UGH! A MAGNET VALENTINE’S DAY SPECTACULAR.  Storytellers Kelly Buttermore and Robert Weinstein spin tales of romance gone crazy and the undignified shenanigans swirling in love's wake.  You'll definitely laugh. You might cry. And you'll walk away from the evening feeling more than a little hopeful.

Magnet Theaterhosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays in February at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com.  Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

There's No Place Like Home: A Glbtq Event  | Open: 02/13/12 Close: 02/13/12
A few of your favorite friends of Dorothy come out and come together for a night of comedy on the Magnet Theater stage. Every show hosts a rotating cast of improv all-stars and fresh faces to keep an eye on, from all over NYC. It's fabulous. It's fierce! It's improv! Hosted by Andrew Fafoutakis.

Magnet Theaterhosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays in February at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com.  Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

Cock Of The Walk  | Open: 02/05/12 Close: 02/05/12

Athos Cakiades' one man show COCK OF THE WALK aims to explore marginal portraits of masculinity as in a Roman poet, a college dean, a frat brother, two inmates, and your average rooster. Remember, in the vast ocean that is the collective male psyche there's bound to be a lot of pollution. It's only natural that the fringes where humans "vacation" will have a higher concentration of urine. In a comedic economy where the top of one's intelligence is most revered, Athos requests that you understand that there's a lot of pleasure to be had at the bottom. Written and performed by Athos Cakiades. Directed by Kelly Haran.

New York Musical Improv Festival  | Open: 11/01/11 Close: 11/06/11
Magnet Theaterpresents the third annual New York Musical Improv Festivalfrom November 1 – 6, 2011 at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or www.nymif.com.  Most tickets are $10-$15 and feature performances by two different musical improv acts per show.

 

Over 150 performers from across the country will be converging on the Magnet Theater - from San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Washington D.C., Minneapolis, Austin TX, and across NYC to create fully improvised musical performances - from traditional musical theatre to the cutting edge. The Magnet Theater is recognized as the center for musical improv study and performance in the U.S.

 

On Sunday, November 6, 2011, the Festival presents a performance to benefit Gilda’s Club New York City to

raise funds and awareness for people living with cancer.

 

Baby Wants Candy (NYC), Clown Car to Sicily (Chicago), Tale of Two Genres (UN-Scripted Theatre Company, San Francisco, CA), The BEATDown - featuring Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan and Victor Varnado (UCB, NYC), Glennis McMurray’s “Dream Team” Show (NYC), Trudy Carmichael's Musical Mixer (Las Vegas/NYC), The Made-Up Musical (Magnet Theater, NYC), Tara Copeland (Los Angeles), Jill Bernard’s Drum Machine (HUGE Theatre, Minneapolis, Minn.), Beees (Magnet Theater, NYC), Diamond Lion (UCBeast, NYC), North Coast (NYC), Aquarius (Magnet Theater, NYC), Reset List: An Improvised Rock Experience (Chicago), Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals (Austin, TX), Stacked (Chicago), Rosencrantz (Magnet Theater, NYC), Hidden Falls (Improv Boston, Boston, MA.), Vox Pop (Washington, D.C.), Happy Karaoke Fun Time (Annoyance Theater, Chicago), Choral Rage presents: The Rock Opera (Magnet Theater, NYC), Mansical (Chicago), A/C (the P.I.T., NYC), Mikki Hommel (The National Underground, NYC), Wilder and Wilder (Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver, Colorado), VEAL (NYC), Proverbial Loons (Castillo Theater, NYC), Hello (the P.I.T., NYC), and Mint Condition (Magnet Theater, NYC).

 

The New York Musical Improv Festival also featuring up and coming performers in the NYMIF Initial Public Offering (I.P.O.). Performing this year are Alfred (Columbia University, NYC), American Idlez (The P.I.T., NYC), Dumpster Tequila (The Player’s Theater, NYC), Hit and Run Musical Improv (Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver, CO), Meaningfül Touch (Magnet Theater, NYC), and 10 £ Ally (NYC).

 

Most tickets are $10-$15 and include performances by two different musical improv acts per show. Tickets are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 800-838-3006. See schedule on www.nymif.com for details.

 

A/C (the P.I.T., NYC) - Ashley Ward and Chris Grace have been sequestered away, putting the finishing polish on a two-person musical improv group featuring thrilling songs, hilarious scenes, and the fun and familiarity that only two long-time friends could bring to the stage.

 

Aquarius (Magnet Theater, NYC) is a musical house team at the Magnet Theater. From a single suggestion, Aquarius spins a musical tale full of heroes and villains, highs and lows, dreams and nightmares, something and its opposite. Delight in their fantasies! "Water" you waiting for?

 

Baby Wants Candy (NYC) has established itself in New York and Chicago as the only musical improv group to perform a fully-improvised one-act musical with a full band. Based on a single audience suggestion of a title, the actors and musicians work together harmoniously to deliver a hilarious evening's entertainment.

 

The BEATDown - featuring Chris “Shockwave” Sullivan and Victor Varnado (UCB, NYC) - Bringing freestyling to the next level, Chris "Shockwave" Sullivan (Freestyle Love Supreme, The Electric Company) and Victor Varnado host some of New York City's finest comedians and one audience volunteer in "The BEATdown." It's a freestyle rap face-off decided by the audience - with badass one-on-one rap battles. You saw 8 Mile, right? Like that, but funnier.

 

BEEES!!! (Magnet Theater, NYC) - As a Musical Megawatt house team at the Magnet Theater, BEEES!!! spontaneously creates a longform narrative musical based on an audience member’s suggestion. Every song, line and hip gyration is improvised on the spot as BEEES!!! brings you to a world full of melodrama, complex relationships, and fun times.

 

Choral Rage presents: The Rock Opera (Magnet Theater, NYC) - Belonging to one of the Magnet Theater's maiden voyage Musical Megawatt Teams, Choral Rage creates an out of this world musical journey into the depths of your imagination. Through their masterful harmonies and comedic colloquy, they create an entire Rock Opera based on the suggestion of a location.

 

Clown Car to Sicily (Chicago) - Comprised of graduates of the Second City Training Center's Musical Improv Conservatory program in Chicago, Clown Car to Sicily is an improv and sketch comedy group that will make'a you happ-ay! Using various music improv forms, genres, and styles, we combine long form improvised musicals and short form games with stylistic sketches and meta-theatrical satire. We constantly push the limits of mainstream and walk the line of what is sacred and what is...hilarious!

 

Diamond Lion (UCBeast, NYC) - Some of New York's top improvisors create a fully improvised musical out of thin air. Its more awesome than a lion - it’s a Diamond Lion. The added twist - one talented improvisor with NO musical improv experience joins the cast for that one show only - and keeps up with the pros.

 

Girls Girls Girls Improvised Musicals (Austin, TX) - Founded in 2002, is Austin, Texas' oldest all-female improvisation troupe. Their specialty is creating long-form improvised Broadway musicals from a single audience suggestion. The Girls and their live musicians make up the songs, dances, characters, and stories all on the spot to create one complete story.

 

Glennis McMurray’s “Dream Team” Show (NYC) - Top performers create a one-night only “Dream Team” show hosted and curated by veteran NY comedian/actress/improvisor Glennis McMurray. Glennis co-created and starred in the critically acclaimed I Eat Pandas (Time Out New York Critics Pick, ECNY Award-winner: Best Improv Group), produced and starred in Dream Role, and performs with the NY cast of Baby Wants

Candy. Glennis is inviting her favorite performers to a “Key Party” - a one night only comedic free-for-all to close out the NY Musical Improv Festival.

 

Happy Karaoke Fun Time (Annoyance Theater, Chicago) is a musically improvised show where improv and Karaoke come together to create a world in which scenes explode into popular songs you'll recognize with lyrics you won't, made up entirely on the spot. We begin with an audience suggestion and their pick of a track off our ever-changing playlist of karaoke tracks. That song becomes the opening number of a long form musical.

Hello (the P.I.T., NYC) takes a suggestion from the audience to create an entire world of musical performance. Conceived and performed on the spot, before your eyes, this musical montage will last one night and then fade away forever, except in your memory.

 

Hidden Falls (Improv Boston, Boston, MA.) is a small town, full of ordinary people who carry not-so- ordinary secrets. Secrets that can only be revealed through song! Each show is a completely improvised musical based on two suggestions from our audience, what is our town known for and what is something you want to do before you die. From there we create a musical that sees the townspeople struggle with the decision to stay in Hidden Falls or leave forever to follow their dreams.

 

Jill Bernard’s Drum Machine (HUGE Theatre, Minneapolis, Minn.) is a sweepingly epic historical improvised one woman musical featuring Jill Bernard of HUGE Theater in Minneapolis, and the Zoom Rhythmtrack 123, nature's finest drum machine. Drum Machine returns to the NYMIF by popular demand after headlining last year’s benefit concert for Gilda’s Club NYC. Jill Bernard is a fan favorite, performing and teaching across the country.

 

The Made-Up Musical (Magnet Theater, NYC) is the longest running improvised musical in NYC. Seen every Friday night at the Magnet Theater for over 4 years now. Based on an audience interview, the Made-Up Musical constructs a never-before-seen musical with fully improvised lyrics, music, characters, scenes, and movement.

 

Mansical (Chicago) - Using a single suggestion from the audience, the seven handsome men of Mansical improvise a fully realized musical joy ride comprised of scenes, songs, harmonies, dancing, rapping and wigs. Our shows do not follow a single plot but instead explore the suggestion via mad hyper-agreement, free-play and musicality.

 

Mikki Hommel (The National Underground, NYC) is a singer/songwriter based on the Lower East Side. Her sets includes original and fully improvised songs based off of suggestions by the audience. Mikki’s influences include Eric Hutchinson, Gavin DeGraw, Adele, Aretha Franklin and Stephen Lynch. Has performed at New York and Broadway Comedy Club, The Village Lantern, The Bitter End, Pianos, The National Underground (resident) along with other venues around the city.

 

Mint Condition (Magnet Theater, NYC) - They're fresh, they're clean, they are Mint Condition! Based off of the single suggestion of an interesting name, Mint Condition brings you a fully improvised musical of the harrowing, sad, funny, inspiring, and sometimes fantastical journey of one man, or woman, or thing! Mint Condition will brighten smiles, keep mouths happy, and give full long-lasting flavor due to their strong harmonies, sense of play, and love of improv. That is Mint Condition!

 

North Coast! (NYC) - Now that the east coast/west coast beef has subsided, North Coast! is stepping up to throw down. Watch as New York’s only freestyle rapping, beatboxing, long-form improv team performs a fully improvised "hip hopera" right in front of yo mouf. You bring your favorite rap lyric and North Coast! will make your gut bust and your head bop. And if you don’t know, now you know.

 

Proverbial Loons (Castillo Theater, NYC) - The Castillo Theatre's house team has performed together for years. The Proverbial Loons strive to create "improv comedy with heart." Two audience volunteers are invited onstage for a "living room-style" conversation. The cast gets to know them and improvises a musical comedy, weaveing together the affectionately embellished lives of the two audience members.

 

Reset List: An Improvised Rock Experience (Chicago) - Reset List presents a completely improvised rock concert where chord progressions, lyrics, harmonies, dance breaks, and all that goes on in between is made up on the spot. Audience suggestions fill out the set list each night. No song is ever sung twice and every night is a brand new show with a completely new set list.

 

Rosencrantz (Magnet Theater, NYC) invites you to open up and share one of the deepest and darkest secrets you've ever been told. As recompense for this deed, they will transform that piece of private knowledge into a colorful musical tale that is destined to be fraught with laughter, danger and intrigue!

 

Stacked (Chicago) is an all-female music improv team from Chicago. Stacked is playful, sassy and high energy. They take a single suggestion, perform short monologues and then bring them to life with songs, tag- outs and harmony.

 

Tale of Two Genres (UN-Scripted Theatre Company, San Francisco, CA) is an improvised musical in the style of the audience's choice-as if written by Charles Dickens. The audience supplies the genre, and the Un- Scripted Theater Company interprets it through a Dickensian lens. With costumes and live improvised music, the actors play multiple roles and take turns as wry narrator, performing a musical in the chosen genre--be it Greek Tragedy or Gilligan's Island--as Dickens might have written it, imagining from his Victorian London.

 

Tara Copeland (Los Angeles) - A dynamic veteran improviser and performer, Tara is a member of the group Mother, who invented the forms The SleepOver and The Soundtrack, and the group Ms. Jackson (2004 ECNY Best Improv Group). Tara has also appeared on Curb Your Enthusiasm, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Best Week Ever, and the movie College Road Trip. She performs regularly with Baby Wants Candy and The Made Up Musical.

 

Trudy Carmichael's Musical Mixer (Las Vegas/NYC) - This late night festival favorite challenges you to try your lady (and manly) luck at making up music side-by-side with some of the finest Musical Improvisers in the country! Anyone can sign up to perform - even if it’s your first time. Keep your bankroll stashed because admission to the Mixer is 100% free! Hosted by Vegas Lounge Legend and Lush Miss Trudy Carmichael and the incomparable Frankie Keys, tickling the ivories.

 

VEAL (The Player’s Theater, NYC) takes an audience suggestion, throws it in the Veal machine and creates an amazingly colorful, musical, choreographed piece of musical improv for everyone to enjoy. Memorable characters, songs, and dances for all!

 

Vox Pop (Washington, D.C.) picks up where the spoken word leaves off. It is a musical improv show about relationships. The audience suggests a relationship. Vox Pop brings that relationship to life - the ups and the downs - entirely in song. Not one word of dialogue is spoken.

 

Wilder and Wilder (Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver, Colorado) - Stephen Wilder is just one man. But for the next half hour, he'll play as many men (and women) as he can as he conjures a fully improvised Broadway musical from just the suggestion of a title. Hopefully he'll live to see the ending!

 

The NYMIF I.P.O. (Initial Public Offering) featuring new and emerging performers

 

ALFRED (Columbia University, NYC) is a college musical improv troupe all the way from Columbia, at 116th and Broadway, that focuses on long form musical improv. We have no connection to Alfred Hitchcock, Alfred Molina, Alfred the Butler, or Alfred Lord Tennyson - or do we?

 

American Idlez (The P.I.T., NYC) is a musical improv team of the highest caliber. Born out of American Spirit, the mind of Simon Cowell, and the love of all things musical improv, the Idlez perform fast and furious montages of new musicals the likes the world has never seen before or since.

 

Dumpster Tequila (NYC) Dumpster Tequila warms your heart with an off-beat brand of musical improv, from one audience member suggestion, they create scenes, stories, and musical numbers on the spot. They have performed at every major improv theater in NYC and improv festivals across the country! Come see what everyone is singing about.

 

Hit ‘N Run Musical Improv (Voodoo Comedy Playhouse, Denver, Colorado) Colorado's ONLY improvised musical! Based on multiple suggestions from the audience, Hit ‘N Run Musical Improv creates a fully improvised musical with complex harmonies, a satisfying story, and really catchy songs.

 

Meaningfül Touch performs an improvised musical monoscene that seamlessly blends scene work and song. The rag-tag crew felt the love when they met in an historic Magnet Theater class taught by Tara Copeland, and couldn't get enough of her "meaningful touch" pre-performance embrace (and thus named themselves in her honor).

 

10£ Ally brings you their refreshing musical monoscene featuring the stylings of Oscar Montoya, Lorraine Cink and Ryan Dunkin. The first and only improv team to ever be invited to join Nato; we’ll pick you when you are down, send you rations when you are starving and help you overthrow whoever is getting you down all through the medium of song and dance.

 

Magnet Theater arrived in March of 2005.  Founders Armando Diaz, Ed Herbstman, and Alex Marino came together with the common goal of teaching improvisation and sketch writing, while developing and presenting fantastic comedy shows and other diverse entertainments and art.  Magnet Theater’s founders studied under long-form Chicago improv guru Del Close at ImprovOlympic and have since helped to shape the New York comedy scene dramatically through teaching, performing and presenting comical theatrics individually and together.

 

Magnet Theateroffers a full schedule of classes for all levels of experience with new classes forming regularly. All classes are based on The Magnet Theater Core Curriculum, which provides students with a solid foundation in improv fundamentals coupled with ample performance opportunities.  For more information about classes at Magnet Theateror to register, visit www.magnettheater.com.

 

Magnet Theater hosts performances every night from 6:30pm to midnight at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.  Show times and descriptions can be found at www.magnettheater.com.  Seating is general admission.  Lobby opens 30 minutes prior to each show.  Beer and wine are for sale (Brooklyn Lager, Blue Moon, Stella, Red Stripe, Pabst, Delle Venezie Pinot Grigio, Monjardin Chardonnay, Tilia Malbec Syrah, and Glamour Puss Pinot Noir).  No drink minimum.  Wheelchair-accessible.  Air-conditioned.

 

For more information, visit www.magnettheater.com.

Megawatt  | Open: 06/22/11 Close: 07/07/11
 High-powered improv from Magnet's own Super Groups. Our resident ensembles gather to dazzle audiences with various forms of improv comedy. The forms are constantly evolving, and no two shows are the same. Come see what your favorites are up to this week. 

New York Musical Improv Festival  | Open: 11/12/10 Close: 11/14/10
Magnet Theater presents the second annual New York Musical Improv Festival from November 12 – 13, 2010 at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. The company will also present an evening of music and improv to benefit Gilda’s Club New York City on Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 7:30pm at The Helen Mills Theater, 139 W. 26th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), NYC.

More than 13 teams from New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Las Vegas, and Minnesota will create fully-realized musical theatre, in on-the-spot performances, including Baby Wants Candy (Chicago/NYC), Choral Rage (NYC), Diamond Lion (NYC), FACE (NYC), Generation G (NYC), Jeff Hiller's Dream Team (NYC), Jill Bernard's Drum Machine (Minneapolis), The Made Up Musical (NYC), Miracle Baby (NYC), North Coast! (NYC), Reset List:  An Improvised Rock Experience (Chicago), Trudy Carmichael's Musical Mixer (Las Vegas/NYC), VEAL (NYC), Vox Pop (Washington, D.C.). Tickets are $0-$25 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 800-838-3006.

VEAL and Choral Rage

Friday, November 12 at 6pm – Tickets $15

VEAL is a regular performer at NYC's Players Theater. Based on an audience suggestion, Veal creates characters, scenes and songs, weaving them together with energy, enthusiasm and -- yes -- jazz hands. Founded at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.

Join the prolific pros of Choral Rage on a journey to the depths of your imagination; to those secret places in the recesses of your brain that only the bravest dare shine a light on.

Vox Pop and The Made Up Musical

Friday, November 12 at 8pm – Tickets $15

Vox Pop picks up where the spoken word leaves off. These three musical improvisers bring audiences to new heights where eagles cry on a mountain high and you have to say "I love you" in a song. We explore the ins and outs of human relationships using only improvised songs - dialogue need not apply.

The Made Up Musical is the longest running improvised musical in NYC. Every Friday night, The Made-Up Musical sings and dances its way onto the Magnet Theater stage with a one of a kind musical comedy every week! After an interview with an audience member, the cast weaves together a full one-act musical, complete with all the songs, trappings and melodrama you’d expect to find from our friends on Broadway.

Reset List: An Improvised Rock Experience and Diamond Lion

Friday, November 12 at 10pm – Tickets $15

Reset List presents a completely improvised rock concert where chord progressions, lyrics, harmonies, dance breaks, and all that goes on in between is made up on the spot. Audience suggestions fill out the set list each night. No song is ever sung twice and every night is a brand new show with a completely new set list.

Some of New York's top improvisers create a fully improvised musical out of thin air. It’s more awesome than a lion - it’s a Diamond Lion. The added twist - one talented improviser with NO musical improv experience joins the cast for that one show only - and keeps up with the pros.

 

Trudy Carmichael’s Musical Mixer

Friday, November 12 at Midnight – Tickets FREE

Trudy Carmichael’s Musical Mixer challenges you to try your lady (and manly) luck at making up music side-by-side with some of the finest Musical Improvisers in the country! Anyone can sign up to perform - even if it’s your first time. Keep your bankroll stashed because admission to the Mixer is 100% free! Hosted by Vegas Lounge Legend and Lush Miss Trudy Carmichael and the incomparable Frankie Keys, tickling the ivories.

The I.P.O. (Initial Public Offering) and TBA – New and Emerging Performers

Saturday, November 13 at 5pm – Tickets $10

Miracle Baby and TBA

Saturday, November 13 at 7pm – Tickets $15

One of the first musical improv groups to become a resident house team - performing Friday nights at the Magnet Theater, Miracle Baby takes an audience member's suggestion and uses it to create a world full of bold heroes, outrageous villains, and larger than life personalities. Who sing.

FACE and Baby Wants Candy

Saturday, November 13 at 9pm – Tickets $15

FACE has been breaking new ground like no other show in NYC right now. Fusing improvised jazz music, comedy, drama, dance, and song, FACE celebrates improvisation. The four musicians (upright bass, keyboard, drums, saxophone) and five actors perform without rules or restrictions, not only surprising the audience, but surprising the performers themselves.

Baby Wants Candy has established itself in New York and Chicago as the only musical improv group to perform a fully-improvised one-act musical with a full band. Based on a single audience suggestion of a title, the actors and musicians work together harmoniously to deliver a hilarious evening's entertainment.

North Coast! and Jeff Hiller’s Dream Team

Saturday, November 13 at 11pm – Tickets $15

Now that the east coast/west coast beef has subsided, North Coast! is stepping up to throw down. Watch as New York's only freestyle rapping, beatboxing, long-form improv team performs a fully improvised "hip hopera" right in front of yo mouf. You bring your favorite rap lyric and North Coast! will make your gut bust and your head bop. And if you don't know, now you know.

Top performers create a one-night only Dream Team hosted and curated by Jeff Hiller. Veteran New York comedian/actor Jeff Hiller takes the stage with his own "dream team" of top talent.  Direct from Broadway's "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" and on-screen appearances opposite Ricky Gervais, Tina Fey, and Alec Baldwin.  Jeff is inviting his favorite performers from musical improv and Broadway to create a one-night-only, comedic free-for-all to close out the NY Musical Improv Festival. 

SPECIAL BENEFIT PERFORMANCE

Jill Bernard’s Drum Machine and Generation G, an all-star revue curated by Tara Copeland

Sunday, November 14 at 7:30pm – Tickets $25 (includes open bar)

All proceeds will benefit Gilda's Club New York City.

Drum Machine is Jill Bernard's award-winning one-person unscripted musical featuring multiple characters in scenes, monologues and songs accompanied by the mad beats of the Zoom-Rhythmtrak 123 which Bernard calls "nature's finest drum machine." The show opens with an audience interview that is woven into a suggested historical period.

Tara Copeland brings together a new generation of women performers who bring the laughs hard and fast. A veteran improviser and performer, Tara is a member of the group Mother, who invented the forms The SleepOver and The Soundtrack and the group Ms. Jackson (2004 ECNY Best Improv Group). Tara has also appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Best Week Ever, and the movie College Road Trip. She performs regularly with Baby Wants Candy and The Made Up Musical.

The show will feature special guest performers announced on the night of the performance.

Proceeds from the performance will benefit Gilda’s Club New York City. Gilda’s Club New York City creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer - men, women, teens and children - along with their families and friends. Their innovative program is an essential complement to medical care, providing networking and support groups, workshops, lectures and social activities, all free of charge. They provide their program in beautiful, non-residential homelike settings: their clubhouse is a four-story brownstone on West Houston Street in Manhattan, and they have three satellite locations in Brooklyn, two in the Bronx and one in Manhattan as part of their community satellite program. Visit www.GildasClubNYC.org for more information.

Magnet Theater hosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC.

The Deconstruction At The Magnet Theater  | Open: 07/23/09 Close: 12/31/09
Magnet Theater hosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Tuesdays through Sundays at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com. Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

THE DECONSTRUCTION every Thursday at 8:00pm; Tickets $5
THE DECONSTRUCTION takes an audience suggestion and breaks it into a million funny pieces. Directed by James Eason with Alan Fessenden, Alex Marino, Frank Bonomo, Jess Allen, Lauren Strope, Louis Kornfeld, Paul Downs, Doug Moe, Rachel Hamilton, Jesse Falcon, and Chet Siegel.

Statues Of Liberty At The Magnet Theater  | Open: 07/25/09 Close: 12/26/09
Magnet Theater hosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Tuesdays through Sundays at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com. Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

STATUES OF LIBERTY every Saturday at 10:30pm; Tickets $5
STATUES OF LIBERTY is a three-man improvisational joy ride. With their shared experience at iO Chicago, Second City Chicago, Magnet Theater and Northwestern University, STATUES OF LIBERTY gushes with characters, visceral drama, lightning bolt organic transitions and awesome energy and fearlessness. Featuring Peter McNerney, Nick Kanellis, Russ Armstrong. Directed by Christian Capozzoli of 4-TRACK.

Lead Mcenroe At The Magnet Theater  | Open: 07/24/09 Close: 12/25/09
Magnet Theater hosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Tuesdays through Sundays at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com. Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

LEAD MCENROE every Friday at 8:30pm; Tickets $5
What’s the difference between Lead McEnroe and someone who is certifiably insane, yet oddly eloquent? Very little. Based upon a single suggestion from the audience, this East Coast-born and Magnet-bred long-form team takes you to the absurd and back. There’s no way to describe the experience, as it is different every single time. LEAD MCENROE is Mike Barry, Nick Benaquista, Tim Eberle, Dan Scivoletti, and Rob Williams. Directed by Alex Marino. For more information, visit www.leadmcenroe.com.
The show continues with ELSIE JAY, Improv Girl Smash
Three women at or about 5’3” improvise a theatre experience as deep as the sea, as tall as a redwood, as wide as your mouth when your jaw hits the floor. There may be tickle fights. There may be bloodshed. We don’t know yet. Featuring Liz Haag, Chet Siegel and Jen Sanders. Directed by Russ Armstrong of STATUES OF LIBERTY.

Made-up Musical At The Magnet Theater  | Open: 07/24/09 Close: 12/25/09
Magnet Theater hosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Tuesdays through Sundays at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com. Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

MADE-UP MUSICAL every Friday at 10:00pm; Tickets $7
The MADE-UP MUSICAL sings and dances its way onto the Magnet Theater stage with a one-of-a-kind musical comedy every week.  After an interview with an audience member, the cast weaves together a full one-act musical, complete with all the songs, trappings and melodrama an audience expects from our friends on Broadway. Featuring John O’Donnell, Tara Copeland, Jessica Allen, Morgan Phillips, Michael Martin, and Leah Gotcsik with music provided by Frank Spitznagel.

Pope! The Musical  | Open: 12/05/09 Close: 12/19/09
Magnet Theater presents POPE! The Musical on Saturdays, December 5, 12 and 19, 2009 at 7pm at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. Tickets are $10-and are available at www.magnettheater.com or by phone at 212-244-8824.

A pious Pope is framed for a crime he didn’t commit. An evil tyrant’s vaulting ambition threatens to cover the world in shadow. Who can you trust when the world turns its back on you? A militant army of robots? The ghost of legends from yesterday? Or that girl you blew off after prom all those years ago? 

Betrayal, Holy War, and foot-stompin’ musical numbers fill POPE! The Musical with everything it takes to entertain the Hell right out of you in this brand-spankin’ new musical.

POPE! The Musical is directed by Louis Kornfeld with musical direction by Adam Podd. Book and lyrics by Justin Moran with music by Christopher Pappas. Featuring Jon Bander, Jared McGrail, Molly Moran, Ryan Nelson, Travis Nilan, Jon Roufaeal, Jennifer Sanders, Matthew Shafeek

New York Musical Improv Festival  | Open: 11/06/09 Close: 11/07/09
Magnet Theater presents the first annual New York Musical Improv Festival from November 6-7, 2009 at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up will be available at www.nymif.com. Tickets are $10-$15 and will be available at www.brownpapertickets.com.

“Musical Improv in all of its forms has become a vital part of New York City’s comedy scene. This challenging form of improvisation puts top musicians, singers, actors, comedians and even dancers through their paces, challenging them to create music, lyrics, and movement on the spot. Audiences have responded to the excitement and urgency of seeing these exceptionally talented singers and musicians creating something amazing – from scratch. This festival will celebrate a broad range of styles and bring together performers from top comedy theaters,” said T.J. Mannix, founder and co-producer of the New York Musical Improv Festival.

Magnet Theater hosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Mondays through Sundays at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com. Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.
 

Lead Mcenroe  | Open: 06/12/09 Close: 07/31/09
Magnet Theater hosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Tuesdays through Sundays at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com. Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

LEAD MCENROE every Friday at 8:30pm; Tickets $5


What’s the difference between Lead McEnroe and someone who is certifiably insane, yet oddly eloquent? Very little. Based upon a single suggestion from the audience, this East Coast-born and Magnet-bred long-form team takes you to the absurd and back. There’s no way to describe the experience, as it is different every single time. LEAD MCENROE is Mike Barry, Nick Benaquista, Tim Eberle, Dan Scivoletti, and Rob Williams. Directed by Alex Marino. For more information, visit www.leadmcenroe.com.


The show continues with ELSIE JAY, Improv Girl Smash
Three women at or about 5’3” improvise a theatre experience as deep as the sea, as tall as a redwood, as wide as your mouth when your jaw hits the floor. There may be tickle fights. There may be bloodshed. We don't know yet. Featuring Liz Haag, Chet Siegel and Jen Sanders. Directed by Russ Armstrong of STATUES OF LIBERTY.
 

Made-up Musical  | Open: 06/12/09 Close: 07/31/09
Magnet Theater hosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Tuesdays through Sundays at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com. Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

MADE-UP MUSICAL every Friday at 10:00pm; Tickets $7


The MADE-UP MUSICAL sings and dances its way onto the Magnet Theater stage with a one-of-a-kind musical comedy every week. After an interview with an audience member, the cast weaves together a full one-act musical, complete with all the songs, trappings and melodrama an audience expects from our friends on Broadway. Featuring John O'Donnell, Tara Copeland, Alex Marino, Louis Kornfeld, Jessica Allen, Morgan Phillips, Michael Martin, Robin Rothman, Megan Gray, and Jon Roufaeal with music provided by Frank Spitznagel.
 

Sleep Over  | Open: 06/11/09 Close: 07/30/09
Magnet Theater hosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Tuesdays through Sundays at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com. Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

SLEEP OVER every Thursday at 8:00pm; Tickets $5 for the entire evening


For a deeper look into a land of secrets, audiences can check out SLEEP OVER on Thursday nights. You never know who might come to this party and decide to spill it all. Veterans Jessica Allen, Tara Copeland, Paul W. Downs, James Eason, Jesse Falcon, and Rachel Hamilton improvise a world of hilarious and fascinating characters.
 

Statues Of Liberty  | Open: 06/13/09 Close: 07/25/09
Magnet Theater hosts a variety of performances and special events by the best of New York’s improv masters and visiting international artists on Tuesdays through Sundays at 254 W. 29th Street, ground floor (between 7th and 8th Avenues), NYC. A detailed schedule and description of each night’s line-up can be found at www.magnettheater.com. Ticket prices vary; reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (212) 244-8824.

STATUES OF LIBERTY every Saturday at 10:30pm; Tickets $5


STATUES OF LIBERTY is a three-man improvisational joy ride. With their shared experience at iO Chicago, Second City Chicago, Magnet Theater and Northwestern University, STATUES OF LIBERTY gushes with characters, visceral drama, lightning bolt organic transitions and awesome energy and fearlessness. Featuring Peter McNerney, Nick Kanellis, Russ Armstrong. Directed by Christian Capozzoli of 4-TRACK.
 

BAM: Brides Against Monsters  | Open: 12/05/08 Close: 02/28/09
  Magnet Theater heavyweights Jon Bander, Alan Fessenden and Alex Marino present a late night of sketch comedy in BAM: Brides Against Monsters. The show is a collection of the strongest material from their summer experimental show, We Think This Might Work. Careening from the courtrooms of the Deep South, to the classrooms of Anytown U.S.A., the interrogation rooms of hard-boiled cops, to the living room of three old ladies on the verge of multiple deaths, BAM keeps an eye to the absurd, an ear to the surreal, and a finger on the dumb and playful.

BAM, Jon Bander (Phooka, Her Majesty's Stand-Up), Alan Fessenden (Hello Laser) and Alex Marino (Hello Laser, director of Lead McEnroe) have been training and performing at Magnet Theater since its inception.

Lead MacEnroe  | Open: 09/06/08 Close: 01/04/09
Remember that dive bar you always ended up at after work? That movie theater where you had your first kiss? That go-kart place you went for your eighth birthday? Lead McEnroe hopes you do. Working from a single suggestion of a place from your memory, we'll show you what happens when the bar closes down for the night, the girl runs home to her parents, and the go-kart operator decides to go for one of his joy-rides. Lead McEnroe presents their original long-form, Songs of the Cul-De-Sac.
Statues of Liberty  | Open: 09/05/08 Close: 01/04/09
Coming straight out of Chicago, USA, the Land of Lincoln, these three cats bring a funk unsmelt before in New York City. Flowing like amber waves of grain and poppin' off like the rockets red glare, it's fast, it's outrageous, it's dangerous, it's hilarious, it's rock 'n roll lil mama, so plug it in, baby! So...
Are you ready to breathe free?


30,000 Kilohertz of Evil  | Open: 10/03/08 Close: 10/17/08
Using broadcasts from a shortwave radio as inspiration, performers weave scenes about humor, life, and, love in this dark theater piece.
ODonnellogues  | Open: 09/23/08 Close: 09/30/08
Ever picked your grandfather over your grandmother to read you a story? Then you understand some people have the gift of storytelling and others are good at doling out the gumdrops. Back after a long hiatus, John O'Donnell is blessed with blarney as he rolls on about love, life and dancing in his long-running, hilarious one-man show
Les Encompentent Presents: Luxury  | Open: 09/05/08 Close: 09/26/08
Les Encompentent, a new four person sketch comedy group is scheduled to perform at the Magnet Theatre at 8:30pm on Friday September 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. The Magnet Theatre, celebrated for continuous success in generating long-form improv groups has opened its doors to Les Encompentent in an attempt to bring other forms of comedy to this Chelsea scene.

Dave Maulbeck, Lauren Olson, Lizzie Goldberg-Redner, and Jana Schmieding devise sketches based on inept characters and human folly. Employing luxury transitions and the occasional dance number, Les Encompentent is a fresh reminder of how silly sketch can become.

The Tiny Spectacular  | Open: 07/09/08 Close: 08/09/08
Second City Alumni, Magnet Instructors and their special guests turn a suggestion into a seamless improv show, exploring various characters and themes, all exploding onto the Magnet stage every week.Recommended by TIME OUT NEW YORK

FEATURING
Rachel Hamilton, Ed Herbstman, Abby Sher, Miriam Tolan, Tara Copeland, James Eason, Jason Mantzoukas and Christine Walters

The Spotlight with Sean Taylor  | Open: 05/30/08 Close: 05/30/08
A real talk show meets really good improv. Be a part of the live studio audience at a taping of The Spotlight complete with a host, sidekick, band leader, desk pieces, video clips and guests who's real life experiences on television are used as inspiration for scenes exploring the impact our 15 minutes of fame have on the rest of our lives.

CAST and CREW

HOST: Sean Taylor
SIDEKICK: Matt Shafeek
BAND LEADER: Ernie Privetera
MUSICAL GUEST: The Curtsies (Robin Rothman & Babsy Singer)
DIRECTOR: Shawn Amaro

SPECIAL GUEST: Starr Kendall

HEADLINE:
NEW YORK SUFFRAGETTES PUTTING ON A SPIRITUALISM CONVENTION
INTRODUCING THE BRASSIERE!

HEADLINE:
FRENCH MEDIUM WILL CONTACT YOUR FAVORITE DEAD PERSON!
OR WILL SHE?

HEADLINE:
TURN OF THE CENTURY CHARACTERS
INVADE CARNIVAL OF THE UNLIKELY!

Ladies and gentlemen, in this new original comedy play, 1901 and the Woman's Suffragette Movement is looking for some traction on the whole getting women the right to vote thing... and what better way to get the public's attention than to host a spiritualism convention whose main attraction is Madam Touche', a French-ish medium who says she can talk to the dead. However, it just might be that Touche' is the least odd one at this carnival, full of scam artists and specious soothsayers, dubious orphans and arrogant socialites, serial killers and ex-Minnesotans, who are all trying to pull one over the other to get what they want, including those women getting the right to vote!

You'll have to see it to not believe a word of it!

TMWSMPTFACOTU is an original production directed by Gary Rudoren (of Chicago's The Annoyance Theatre, Seond City, and author of McSweeney's Comedy by the Numbers) and written by Alison Bennett, Leanne Linsky, Ruby Marez, Alex Marino, Anna Lisa McClelland, Lauren Olson, Rebecca Teran. The cast includes the writers and Jen Sanders and Betsy Hoffman.

The Made-Up Musical!  | Open: 01/05/07 Close: 01/05/07
The Made Up Musical sings and dances its way onto the Magnet Theater stage with a one of a kind comedy musical every week! After getting a story from an audience member, the cast weaves together a full one-act musical, complete with all the songs, trappings, and melodrama you'd expect from our friends on Broadway. The difference? It's all improvised right before your very eyes.

The Made-Up Musical stars Magnet instructors John O'Donnell, Tara Copeland, Alex Marino and Louis Kornfeld, along with seasoned improvisers Scott Glover, Jessica Allen, Robin Rothman, and Megan Gray.

Music provided by the unrivaled Frank Spitznagel

Tiny Spectacular  | Open: 01/07/06 Close: 01/07/06
7:30pm
THE TINY SPECTACULAR Magnet Instructors (and Second City alums) Ed Herbstman, Abby Sher, Jean Villepique, and Rachel Hamilton mix it up with some superspecial friends of the Magnet for a rare and amazing improv treat, every week. $5.

Special show announcement coming soon.

Megawatt  | Open: 01/05/06 Close: 01/05/06
High-Powered improv from Magnet's own. Every Thursday and Saturday our resident ensembles gather to entertain audiences with various forms of improv comedy, originally developed in Chicago. The forms are constantly evolving, and no two shows are the same. Come see what your favorites are up to this week.
Magnetosphere  | Open: 12/22/05 Close: 12/22/05
IMPROV COMEDY

8:00pm
MAGNETOSPHERE Magnet improv ensembles perform, directed by Armando Diaz. Hosted by Dan Fairall, Josh Fulton, Lucia Aniello, Matthew Shafeek, Matthew Stillman, Paul W. Downs, Sean Taylor, T.J. Mannix and Guests Alix Sternberg, Dan Buchbinder, Dave Warth, Edward JC Gulczynski, Jarret Berenstein, Jodi Skeris, Nick Cook, Phil Wedo. LAST SHOW FOR THIS CAST.$5


9:30pm
MAGNETOSPHERE Magnet improv ensembles perform, directed by Armando Diaz. Hosts New Extreme Platter (Alan Fessenden, Dan Dobransky, James Aylward, Jamie Rivera, Jessica Bell, Joseph Dembner, Mary Frances Huang, Melissa Blumer) with guests Flavor Destination (Charles Whitcroft, Clare Saperstein, Damon Ketron, Marian Rosin, May Lane, Michael McFarland, Shawn Amaro, Stephen Kornstein.) $5