The Outcasters Improv Comedy Classes

Live Improv Training Classes in Scottsdale!

Every Wednesday, 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Get Creative. 

Build Confidence.

Meet Fun People.

Discover Your Funny with IMPROV!

We are temporarily requiring participants to PRE-REGISTER for live drop-in classes (unless you have purchased a multi-class package)

Do you enjoy the hit TV show, Whose Line Is It Anyway? Now you can learn improv and put YOUR funny on at our drop-in improv comedy class, every Wednesday night in North Scottsdale! Here’s what some of our students say:

  • “Your Improv Training Class was exceptional! You’re a great Improv Coach (and a great guy)! The games we played were ‘spot on’ for fine tuning all the top tools to facilitate the ‘magic’ in our improv scenes. Your Director Notes are really helpful too!”

  • “I love how the program is so well organized into different exercises that end up getting one into a more flowing estate of creativity! I am loving each second of the class.”

  • “The way it was run, professionally, no ego from anyone, great fun and we learned a whole bunch of new funny stuff! I liked the tips and tricks to use online/video/conference in both a work and social environment.”

  • “I loved learning more about flashbacks and how we can put that into our performances. It was very insightful. The class was fun and we did a lot of fun games.”

  • “I enjoyed learning so much from Joe! He reminded me how even the small things in a scene are what truly bring it to life.”

  • “What a fun evening.  I so appreciate the way you engage everyone by creating a psychologically safe space for people to learn, providing kind feedback and coaching, and encouraging creativity. “

  • I very much enjoyed how positive and supportive Joe is when he runs the class. This is NOT a competitive environment and it attracts a wide range of interesting, kind students from various backgrounds.

All classes are conducted in a fun, safe environment by Joe Hammer, founder of The Outcasters and author of The Improv Edge. The Outcasters training includes both long and short form improv. Classes are open to anyone 18 or older. (Youth classes here).

For just 10 bucks our drop-in class will get you two and a half hours of warm ups, games and improv comedy coaching. There is no prior acting or comedy experience required to start training with us; we’ll teach you everything you need to know! Should they desire, students who continue in our training classes are eligible to participate in our performance ensembles. Classes are from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. We start and end on time. Doors close at 6:05, so don’t be late! Late arrivals are disruptive to the class so please plan on arriving at least 5 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. Student audio or video recording of class activity is not permitted.

Classes are held at 8360 East Raintree Drive in N. Scottsdale. (2 minutes off the 101, Raintree exit). Please visit our FAQ Page for additional class details.

FYI, if you desire drinks or munchies after class, we are within walking distance of K. O’Donnell’sFired Pie and Firehouse Subs! 

We look forward to seeing you and making stuff up!

The Outcasters Professional Improv Training
Who Should Take These Classes?

ACTORS looking to add improvisation skills to their toolbox.  You’ll discover spontaneity that assures better auditions and more callbacks!

IMPROVISERS desiring a detail-centered approach to improv training that’s real, honest, grounded and FUN!

SPEAKERS who want to add form punch and confidence to their presentations.

BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS for team building, improved active listening and better communication skills.

ANYONE who is looking to be better at “thinking on their feet,” react and adapt to unexpected circumstances and stretch their sense of humor with like-minded people in a safe, fun environment!

You’ll discover that you don’t have to be (or invent something) to be funny, thus stripping away the pressure to be funny. Our classes are appropriate for both those new to improv as well as seasoned performers looking for a new approach.

Please visit our FAQ Page for additional class details.


Gentle Enough for Beginners. Strong Enough for Professionals!

Register for Drop-in Class Now - $10

Drop-in classes are $10 each, payable via credit card. Buy 4 classes and get one FREE (your choice of class dates). There are no refunds on unattended classes, so just show up!

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Note: If you purchased a class package, there is no need to complete this form for each class; just show up for classes of your choice, either LIVE or ZOOM! It’s a great deal! The 5 Class package includes a FREE class. The 10 class package includes a FREE OUTCASTERS IMPROV TEE from our Merch Store!
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We also offer online classes:

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Questions? Contact Us!

The Outcasters Improv Comedy Classes

Gentle Enough for Beginners. Strong Enough for Professionals!

Joe Hammer - Your Improv Coach
Meet Your Instructor, Joe Hammer
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“Improv class is one of the rare occasions in modern life where one is explicitly given permission to live entirely in the now. Improv is an invitation to forget about the future and be totally in the present.”

“Improv can be so many things – a vehicle for personal growth, a way to practice mindfulness, an opportunity to meet cool new people, a safe way to play, a tool for developing the skills of spontaneity and acceptance – but the bottom line is… it’s fun!”

The Outcasters Improv Comedy Classes

Live Improv Training Classes in Scottsdale!

Get Creative. 

Build Confidence.

Meet Fun People.

Discover Your Funny with IMPROV!

Due to covid we are temporarily requiring drop-in class participants to PRE-REGISTER for classes. Classes begin December 2nd, 2020

Drop-In Improv Classes - $10

Want to learn improv and possibly become one of The Outcasters Improv Comedy Troupe? You are welcome to “put your funny on” at our drop-in improv comedy class, every Wednesday night from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Classes are open to anyone 18 or older. (Youth classes here). The Outcasters classes are conducted by Joe Hammer, founder of The Outcasters and author of The Improv Edge. The Outcasters training includes both long and short form improv.

Due to covid we are temporarily requiring drop-in class participants to PRE-REGISTER for classes.

About Our Drop-In Classes

For just 10 bucks our drop-in class will get you two and a half hours of warm ups, games and improv comedy coaching. There is no prior acting or comedy experience required to start training with us; we’ll teach you everything you need to know! Students who continue in our training classes are eligible to for our performance ensembles!

Classes are held on Wednesday evenings, starting at 6:00 pm and concluding at 8:30 pm. We start and end on time. Doors close at 6:05, so don’t be late! Late arrivals are disruptive to the class so please plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. 

Classes are held at 8360 East Raintree Drive in N. Scottsdale. (2 minutes off the 101, Raintree exit)

Please visit our FAQ Page for additional class details.

Who Should Take These Classes?

ACTORS looking to add improvisation skills to their toolbox.  You’ll discover spontaneity that assures better auditions and more callbacks!

IMPROVISERS desiring a detail-centered approach to improv training that’s real, honest, grounded and FUN!

SPEAKERS who want to add form punch and confidence to their presentations.

BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS for team building, improved active listening and better communication skills.

ANYONE who is looking to be better at “thinking on their feet,” react and adapt to unexpected circumstances and stretch their sense of humor with like-minded people in a safe, fun environment!

You’ll discover that you don’t have to be (or invent something) to be funny, thus stripping away the pressure to be funny. Our classes are appropriate for both those new to improv as well as seasoned performers looking for a new approach.

Register for $10 Class Now

Drop-in classes are $10 each, payable via credit card. There are no refunds on unattended classes, so just show up!

Buy 4 classes and get one FREE (your choice of class dates).

Safe transaction via Stripe

Note: If you purchased a class package, there is no need to complete this form for each class; just show up for classes of your choice, either LIVE or ZOOM! It’s a great deal! The 5 Class package includes a FREE class. The 10 class package includes a FREE OUTCASTERS IMPROV TEE from our Merch Store!
$ 0.00

Gentle Enough for Beginners. Strong Enough for Professionals!

We also offer online classes:

Questions? Contact Us!

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Joe Hammer - Your Improv Coach Joe Hammer has been actively presenting powerful personal and business development seminars and entertainment programs for decades. Complimenting his book, THE IMPROV EDGE, Joe’s improv classes and workshops deliver high-impact content from his extensive training with Magnet Theater, Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Impro Theatre, including disciplines with fellow improv authors, Mick Napier of The Annoyance Theater and Will Hines of UCB.

Joe’s classes go beyond simple improv games; you’ll discover practical and constructive principles of both short and long form improvisation – all while enjoying ample stage time, personalized coaching and considerate feedback. There’s something new in every class!

And it’s all taught in a safe, respectful, and non-judgmental setting. No egos. No harassment. No criticism. Just progressive improv training in a positive environment!

Meet the Outcasters' Chameleon Mascot, Banter!

The Outcasters Mascot BANTER

As a perceptive chameleon, Banter recognizes the importance of being adaptable. Banter came to be the Outcasters’ mascot after trying to find a place to cool off from the blazing Arizona sun. He stumbled inside a drop-in improv class and, after seeing what The Outcasters were all about, he quickly realized he was home! Whether you’re an experienced improviser, just beginning your improv journey, or attending one of our shows, Banter invites you to join us!

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