Cast: Adam Smith, Anna Hernandez, Ceasar Udave, Emily Mauser, Priya Rajdev and Victor Irizarry
The Graduates are a Phoenix based improv group. Their format can best be described as "recommended but not mandatory" as they explore interpersonal relationships and the sillyness that stems from them. In their free time they like to discuss topics like "best ways to get injured" and Incan Earth goddesses.
Cast: Billy Brandes, Danielle Friedman, Jeremy Schwartz, Laurie Shellenbarger and Stewart Gross
Schmeckle - A conglomerate of Jewish improvisers that kvetch and kvell their grievances with you in a most hilarious way. Come see us, why? Because you never call. A little joy. A little oy.
Hearts on Fire
Cast: Billy Brandes, Jeremy Schwartz, Matt Francis and Stewart Gross
Google: What improv team takes audiences down a fast-paced, no holds barred, internet rabbit hole of scenes, characters and relationships all inspired by search questions? One result found: Hearts on Fire.
Cast: Sam Haldiman and Shane Shannon
These two have been performing together for more than seven years. Their improv style is based heavily on the straight/absurd dynamic in the most unconventional way. They are always pushing the envelope on grounding their characters' worlds with the most ridiculous points of view.
Skewed News Hour
Cast: Clifton Gray, Eric Storie, Jacque Arend, Javier Gilmore, Liz Hutchman, Michael Ziman, Sam Haldiman, Shane Shannon and Stacey Clark
The Skewed News Hour is a new take on the news!
Every third Friday at 7pm, you select news articles of the day and SNH performers will use them as inspiration for their improvised scenes. The Skewed News Hour takes some of the best improvisors in the Valley and throws today’s hottest headlines their way to create great comedy. Turn off your TV, throw away your laptop, and stay up-to-date in a way you never imagined!
Birds and Broads
Cast: Jacque Arend and Liz Hutchman
Starting as a one-night-only performance, Birds & Broads have now been performing together for four years. They focus on a single location scene, creating a strong relationship at the top after which they may or may not explore the other rich characters who inhabit that space. Their shows bounce from being utterly hilarious to edge-of-your-seat engaging.
Cast: James Hoffmaster, Michael Ziman, and Sam Haldiman
RPM started with the three of them talking each week in the parking lot after classes at Second Beat. The connection they were developing quickly led them to decide a team must be formed. Their speed and energy keeps this well-oiled machine running in the red. One thing is for sure: This engine will never overheat and the audience will want to come back for a test drive every month.
Cast: Bryan Gerdes, Clifton Gray, Laurie Shellenbarger, and Rachel Tullio
From audience suggestions, NewHeart builds scenes with strong characters and points of view, allowing relationships to drive the discovery of concepts and connections throughout each show.
From the absurd and playful, to the real and ridiculous, shows often tackle complex themes such as renewal, loss, hope, stagnation, death and other hilarious tragedies that define the human spirit. NewHeart strives to bring love, honesty, and passion to the world, one set at a time.
Cast: Eric Storie and Michael Ziman
Emeny is M (Michael Ziman) and E (Eric Storie). They weave their geeky love of pop culture, sports, and life’s oddities into delightful characters and scenes that are often musings on the minutiae of their relationships. Emeny brings over a decade’s worth of improv and entertainment experience to the Second Beat stage, and we hope you can tell with every show.
I’m eager to get improv going again, but with abundant precautions to keep our improv family safe.
It’s so easy to get comfortable on the couch and settle in for a night of Netflix, but we’d like to invite you to our place. Second Beat Improv Theater has a new home! Check out our new location starting October 1, 2019. Come on in and take a class, enjoy a show, or jump…
We’ve recently started two new improv jams at Second Beat. Every 2nd Saturday at 8:30pm we have the Log Roll Jam, a fast-paced jam of randomly drawn teams of two doing a scene, taking on another duo. The audience votes and the winners keep playing. The other team’s names go back in the bucket to…
As I have seen people in my life continue to put themselves out there and try new things and reinvent themselves, I have been inspired. As artists, we should continue to keep learning and trying new things. I am working on providing new opportunities for people at the theater that go beyond improv. There have…
I recently saw the movie Get Out. This post has nothing to do with the movie but everything to do with the title. The point is say yes to things and get out of your house and out of your comfort zone. I recently went on a hot air balloon ride for my anniversary, and…
I imagine this is how I would feel if I had a baby. This theater keeps me up at night. I never get any sleep and I’m always exhausted. It drains my money. There is always a mess to clean up. I should hate it but everything about it continues to make me smile and…
Each person’s playing style is determined very early in their improv training. Improvisers driven by intellect use their mind to come up with smart and clever retorts in a scene. Emotion-based performers will often respond with “when you say that it makes me feel…” to show how their scene partner’s response affects them. Someone who…
I think I began improvising to have a creative outlet and show everyone how funny I could be. When I first started to improvise it was a lot about myself. I didn’t realize the power of really being a part of an ensemble. Over time I realized it was so much more than what I…
Registration is now open for Level 1 classes beginning in January 2017. Levels 2 through 4 will open up as students complete Level 1. Visit our class schedule and registration page.