This year we have put together a stellar lineup of instructors to help you level up your technique, learn new and interesting formats from the people who know them best as well as how to build a more inclusive and welcoming environment when hosting your own improv shows. Whatever stage of your improv journey you are at, there will be something for you here.

Check out our events page to see the full schedule. When registering for a workshop you’ll be forwarded to our partner Comedy Cafe Berlin.


Monika Smith

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Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Monika began modeling internationally in high school until she realized she likes food and smiling. Improvising since she was a teenager, she has toured with The Second City, and has been on house teams at UCB, The Second City and Nerdist. Monika has toured internationally doing improv and sketch, most recently in China where she directed shows and performed her solo improv show. You can catch her weekly show at UCB, The Teacher's Lounge, and at a number of indie comedy theatres in LA where she performs the only one woman improv show in Los Angeles. Recurring on Blunt Talk, was a series regular on Who Gets The Last Laugh?, and can be seen on Newsreaders, Newsroom, The Joe Schmo Show, Two And a Half Men, Nick Swardson's Pretend Time, Disaster Date Series Regular, Players, and in sketches on The Tonight Show, Conan, and Arsenio. Monika has written for shows on TBS, MTV, Funny Or Die, and wrote and starred in the Yahoo series Holly On Top. She can also been seen in some commercials, some Funny or Die videos, and more than a two handfuls of unseen network pilots.... More Details

Monica Gaga

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Monica Gaga is a British-born black African queer host, improviser, facilitator, maker and performer. She has been performing and hosting for 11 years, improvising for 24 years and facilitating professionally for 16 years. The Comedy Store Players regular is the producer of HELL YEAH!, the femxle-centred queer improv collective. She is a cast member of Do The Right Scene, named ‘theatre that thinks’ by Timeout; Broadway Baby five-star reviewed show Yes Queens and feminist duo Derek's Mojo. Trained at East 15 Acting School, Monica has worked professionally across England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada and beyond. Monica is currently based in London, UK. 'Monica brings a genuinely infectious enthusiasm to the stage' View from the Cheap Seat As seen, heard, staged and featured on BBC Three, BBC News, BBC Click, ITVBe, London Live, BBC History, BBC Radio London, Talk Radio, Jack Radio, Global Pillage, CBC, @sohoplace, The Comedy Store, Hoopla Impro, Omnibus Theatre, Boulevard Theatre, Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Improv Theatre, Kings Head Theatre and more..... More Details

Jim Woods

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Jim Woods has an incredible improv resume. He's studied and performed extensively at: UCB, Boom Chicago, iO Chicago and North Carolina ComedySportz. He's one of the co-founders of the Free Association in London and the Improv Boot Camp in Los Angeles. He's appeared on numerous TV shows and commercial campaigns and recently was a staff writer on the Tracy Morgan show The Last O.G.... More Details

Carla Cackowski

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Carla Cackowski is an improviser, writer, podcaster, and nap-lover. She toured all over Europe, Alaska, and the Caribbean performing comedy with The Second City. She’s a member of SAG-AFTRA and has done voiceover work on shows for ABC Family, TBS, and Disney. She wrote and performed five solo shows that were produced in Los Angeles and her comedic monologues were published in anthologies by APPLAUSE BOOKS. Carla hosts Improv Yak, a shop-talk podcast about improv comedy. When they’re not touring their two person improv show Orange Tuxedo, she and her husband Craig co-host a podcast called Craig’s List. Most recently, Carla has written for sketch shows on PBS Kids and Dreamworks TV. She taught improvisation and directed sketch shows at The Second City Hollywood for eight years before moving to Portland to become the Co-Artistic Director at Curious Comedy Theater for a year. She’s now the Artistic Director at Mi’s Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, California where she plays on the House Team, County Line.... More Details

Sarah Claspell

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Sarah is an actor/comedian/writer living in Los Angeles. She has been featured on tv shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and written for Drunk History, Gizmodo, Ask.com and many live shows at the UCB Theatre. She performs regularly with improv team Cardinal Redbird, the sell-out variety show Asian AF, and various shows doing improv, sketch, and characters. She has performed at the San Francisco Sketchfest, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and SoHo Rep Theater in New York. Additionally, she has trained with members of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. Sarah co-hosts the podcast Everything is Rent, a podcast with popular comedians or musical theater types talking about the Broadway musical Rent, of course.... More Details

Will Hines

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Will has been teaching long-form improv since 2004 at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, at both its New York and Los Angeles branches. He's published a best-selling book on improv called How to Be The Greatest Improviser on Earth. He's also a working comedic actor and has appeared on many terrific television programs (Brooklyn 99, Search Party, Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer). He's a frequent guest on some big podcasts, including Comedy Bang-Bang, Improv4Humans, Hollywood Handbook as well as the 99 podcasts he's produced himself (currently Screw It We're Just Gonna Talk about the Beatles, Screw it We're Just Gonna Talk About Comics) Pretty cool! He's also the founder of Worlds Greatest Improv School... More Details

Craig Cackowski

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Craig Cackowski is an actor, improvisor and teacher based in Los Angeles. He has been involved with the iO and iO West theaters since 1992, and is the three-time winner of the Del Close Award as Teacher of the Year at iO West. He has played numerous improv festivals around the country with his long-running three-man troupe Dasariski (with Bob Dassie and Rich Talarico) and his duo Orange Tuxedo (with his wife Carla!). While in Chicago, he appeared in and co-wrote 5 revues for The Second City, and helped create such improv forms as JTS Brown and Close Quarters. As an actor, he has been seen in recurring roles on such shows as Community (as “Officer Cackowski”), Bajillion Dollar Properties (as “Todd the janitor”), Veep (as “Cliff”) and as part of the ensemble cast of Drunk History. Other film and TV credits include Son Of Zorn, Girlboss, Shrink, Comedy Bang Bang, Newsreaders, Welcome To The Family, The Mindy Project, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Year Of The Dog, 21 And Over, and The Kings Of Summer. He may be heard frequently on such podcasts as The Thrilling Adventure Hour, Spontaneanation and his own podcast Craig’s List, in which he makes Carla watch his 100 favorite movies.... More Details