ZOOM Online Improv Training Classes

Every Tuesday, 6:00 to 8:00 pm Arizona time

Want to learn improv from the comfort of your home? Join Joe Hammer, founder of The Outcasters and author of The Improv Edge for online improv training classes! Join us via Zoom and “put your funny on” every Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Classes are open to everyone and no previous experience is required! Classes are ongoing and you can join us anytime!

For just 10 bucks our online drop-in class will get you two hours of warm ups, games and improv comedy coaching. Joe teaches the principles of both short and long form improvisation. You’ll receive feedback and discover new improv techniques. There’s something new in every class.  Here’s what some of our students have to say about Joe Hammer’s ESSENTIAL IMPROV online classes:

  • “Your Online 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.”

  • “Zoom limits the number and types of games to play, but Joe did a fantastic job making the games fun.”

  • “The way it was run, professionally, no ego from anyone, great fun and we learned a whole bunch of new funny stuff! All on Zoom, who knew? 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.”

  • “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. “

Unlike many conventional online improv training classes, Joe delves into the core elements, principles and techniques of effective and comedic improv… not just fun games (altho we do that too!).

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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.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Q. My class is about to start, where do I go?

A. Check the email you receive after registration for login link.

Q. How does Zoom work?

A. We recommend using Zoom on a laptop or tablet (phones offer a less full experience). You’ll need to download the free Zoom app and use that account to join the class.

Q. Is the virtual improv class as much fun as an in-person improv class?

A. While almost nothing is as much fun as a live, in-person improv class, we’ve worked hard to make our Zoom classes as much fun as possible. Most students love it!
 
Q. What are some best practices to have a great virtual class?
 
  • Use a laptop (not a phone), if possible.
  • Make sure you’re well-lit. The light source should be in front of you, not behind you.
  • Sit at a desk or stand up for the class. Set your laptop at about chest height or even eye-level.
  • Test your set up before class to make sure your mic and camera are working.

Q. What happens when the world goes back to normal?

A. We’re not waiting for whatever normal may be. Ongoing live classes with local students are being held at our training center in North Scottsdale. Join us!
Register for Classes Now - $10

Classes are $10 each. Buy 4 and get one FREE (your choice of class dates). Login information will be provided to students by email upon receipt of class payment. Also, please review the pre-login Class Information Guide, included in the class login e-mail. 

Please note: You will get a confirmation e-mail with login details within a few minutes after successful registration. If you do not get this confirmation e-mail, please contact us at least 1 hour before class start time!

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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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No class refunds.
If you register, just show up!

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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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