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The Art of Improv.

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8360 East Raintree Drive, #110
Scottsdale Arizona   |   480.612.0298

Frequently Asked Questions

Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theater in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Improv players will often take a suggestion from the audience as a source of inspiration to get the party started. Have more questions? It’s okay to have questions… and we hope to have the answers! If you have a question we haven’t addressed, please ask us!

Absolutely not. That’s the beauty of improv. The “funny” happens in scenes with others just like you!

No. Even though they both can be in the improv realm, stand-up comedy is generally scripted. It’s delivered solo in telling jokes. Improv comedy is a “team sport” in that everyone works together, without a script, to create funny scenes and circumstances! Improv often relies on suggestions from the audience to launch scenes.

Absolutely not! The Outcasters’ improv classes are committed to assisting folks from every walk of life to learn, enjoy and experience the skills of improv comedy. No previous experience, acting or otherwise, is required to attend our classes. We treat our students with kindness and respect!

No! We improvise every day, almost all day. Anybody and everybody can do improv, as long as you’re willing to say, “Yes, and …”

We don’t strive to make you a funny person, but will teach you the fundamental and advanced skills of improvisation, making it easier for you to engage in scenes and relationships on stage. As improv becomes easier, you will become a better human being and comedy will be the hilarious by-product. You will see a change in the way you look at the world! If you’re not ready for that, then take a pottery class.

 

Don’t be! We embrace new students and support you in every way possible. We are a non-judgmental group of fun-seekers, led by Joe Hammer, a professional improv director who adheres to a safe, respectful, and non-judgmental setting. No egos. No harassment. No criticism. Just progressive improv training in a positive environment!

Class sizes vary, however you can expect between 15 and 35 participants in the class. See our Class overview page for current class pricing.

Drop in classes are for those who aren’t as devoted to their improv practice, or chose to only occasionally attend classes. Drop-in class students are required to register for class on our website or may pay at the door. Classes are held on Wednesday night from 6-8:00 pm, $20 per class. Virtual classes are held, via Zoom, on Tuesday Nights, 6-7/7:30 pm, $10 per class.

Our Premier Class Membership is for the more serious improv student. It includes both Wednesday night LIVE and Tuesday night Virtual classes as well as Joe’s Quarterly Immersive Workshops. Registration for any class is not required from Premier class members. Premier class membership is $75 per month via autopay. This equates to approximately $8.65 per class.

Zoom classes are 6- 7/7:30 pm. Live classes are two hours in length, from 6:00 pm and concluding at 8:00 pm. We start and end on time. Class admission closes 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. This also gives you and your fellow classmates a chance to catch up on life before class. You’ll discover class time going by quickly and you’ll likely be a little sad when it’s over! You will be actively engaged!

FYI, if you are not feeling well, we request you respect the health of your fellow classmates and stay home. 

Absolutely! Doing improv over Zoom is a lot of fun! You get more screen time as well as more one-on-one feedback! Plus, you get to improvise from people all around the world while enjoying Zoom-specific improv games!

Of course! Many of our more experienced players enjoy doing just that! By purchasing our Premier Class Package, you’ll get both virtual and live classes as well as our quarterly immersive classes!

Our Masterclass Package includes both virtual and Live classes as well as our Masterclass Long-Form training immediately following the Wednesday night class. The Masterclass is only for Premier members who are invited to participate in this advanced class. Master class membership is $100 per month via autopay. This equates to approximately $11.50 per class

No. Although we may occasionally offer levels 1-6 classes, we choose to make our classes more informal and less restrictive for new students.

No worries! Life happens and you’re bound to miss a class. This is why we’ve included our virtual (Zoom) classes in our Premier and Masterclass packages, so just jump in on Tuesday night from 6–8:00 pm!

The standard path to performing with us is to attend all classes, actively participate in training and express an interest in performance opportunities. You must embrace and demonstrate the finer points of improv theater. Our troupe size is limited, however we strive to include feature performers in our shows. These are students who have shown impressive improv skills from attending our classes.  We also hold occasional student showcases, where our newer members have the opportunity to perform in their own venue for friends and family!

Not necessarily, but likely. We desire to have not only our designated Troupe Members participate in our shows, but also feature “guest performers” as well. Just show up to all classes, continue to grow your improv skills, actively listen and apply feedback and notes given to you during classes. In doing so, your abilities will start to shine and you will be most likely asked to participate in shows!

No. Our classes are for those desiring to roll up their sleeves and do it! You’ll be guided through a few inspiring activities and exercises from our curriculum. 

Absolutely! Improv increases both confidence as well as listening skills, both valuable for everyone in their life and career. Improv training also encourages risk-taking, a skill many have lost. Improvisation abilities also eliminates the dreaded “stage fright” many experience when in front of an audience.

Yes! The best improvisation is a combination of sharp communication skills, creative problem solving and effective teamwork. These are the very same skills valued in the workplace, except they are employed in the conference room or client dinner instead of in front of a sold-out crowd. For more information on our progressive improv training for organizations, check out our Corporate Training page. 

Absolutely! Check out our corporate and team-building training programs! Whether at our training center or on site at yours, you can depend on our programs to bring an all-new level of communication to your staff!

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Current Classes:

Online Classes – Every Tuesday, 6-8:00 pm
Live
Classes – Every Wednesday, 6-8:00 pm

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Meet Your Instructor, Joe Hammer

Improvisation is the practice of unplanned observation, unbridled acceptance and compelling reaction.
– Joe Hammer, The Improv Edge

Frequently Asked Questions

Improvisation, or improv, is a form of live theater in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up in the moment. Improv players will often take a suggestion from the audience as a source of inspiration to get the party started. Have more questions? It’s okay to have questions… and we hope to have the answers! If you have a question we haven’t addressed, please ask us!

No. Even though they both can be in the improv realm, stand-up comedy is generally scripted. It’s delivered solo in telling jokes. Improv comedy is a “team sport” in that everyone works together, without a script, to create funny scenes and circumstances! Improv often relies on suggestions from the audience to launch scenes.

Absolutely not! The Outcasters’ improv classes are committed to assisting folks from every walk of life to learn, enjoy and experience the skills of improv comedy. No previous experience, acting or otherwise, is required to attend our classes. We treat our students with kindness and respect!

Our weekly classes are held on a “drop in” basis. Class sizes vary, however you can expect between 10 and 40 participants. The drop in classes are $10, payable via cash or credit card. More in-depth short and long form classes and workshops are also available. These specialized Improv classes and workshops are limited to 15 participants to allow more in-depth and personalized instruction. Note: Due to covid, we require registration for drop in classes. Please register here.

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. This also gives you and your fellow classmates a chance to catch up on life before class. You’ll discover class time going by quickly and you’ll likely be a little sad when it’s over! We go through the many principles, including exercises and games, followed up with a debrief and group conversation to make sure you fully understand the lessons/takeaways. This class is highly fascinating and you will be actively engaged! FYI, if you are not feeling well, we request you respect the health of your fellow classmates and stay home. Note: Due to covid, we temporarily require registration for drop in classes. Please register here.

Yes! Improv increases both confidence as well as listening skills, both valuable skills for everyone in their life and career. Improv training also encourages risk-taking, a skill many have lost. Improvisation abilities also eliminates the dreaded “stage fright” many experience when in front of an audience.

Absolutely! The best improvisation is a combination of sharp communication skills, creative problem solving and playful teamwork. These are the very same skills valued in the workplace, except they are employed in the conference room or client dinner instead of in front of a sold-out crowd. For more information on our progressive improv training for organizations, check out our Corporate Training page. 

The standard path to performing with us is to attend all classes, actively participate in training and audition for performance opportunities. This process is highly-competitive, thus we place importance on the finer points of improv theater. The troupe size is limited, however we always introduce guest “feature” performers in our shows. Our feature performers are students who have shown impressive improv skills from attending our classes.  We also hold occasional student showcases, where our newer members have the opportunity to perform in their own venue!

If you’d like to sample our class, we occasionally offer a free 90 minute trial class to dip your toes into the fascinating world of Improv Comedy. You’ll be guided through a few inspiring activities and exercises from our curriculum. Join our mailing list to be advised of any upcoming trial classes. However, at the cost of only $10 for our weekly 2 1/2 hour drop-in classes offer more benefits – such as longer class time and experiencing “real world” improv techniques by The Outcasters Troupe members and long-time class members. Note: Due to covid, we require registration for drop in classes. Please register here.

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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!

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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!