Idiot Dome
Aug
25
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Aug
27
to Aug 28

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
Sep
7
to Oct 12

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturdays • 12PM-3pm • 6 Weeks • $250

Lyric Hyperion Theater & Cafe
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHER: Ian Bratschie & John Norris

*Class limited to 13

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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BITS & PIECES - Creating Material For The Stage
Sep
7
to Oct 12

BITS & PIECES - Creating Material For The Stage

Saturdays • 2pm-5pm • 6 Weeks • $250

TEACHERS: Kevin Krieger & Claire Titelman

Pre-requsite: TEACHER APPROVAL

Focus will be on solo and duo performance pieces. The goal is to devise stand-alone pieces that can be put up in all kinds of shows. Students are encouraged to bring in ideas they would like to work on.

DEVISING • IDEATION • COLLABORATION • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Culminating in a performance, this class will explore what it means to take each performer's unique Idiot out of the classroom and into the theater with a live audience. Performers will find and develop material that is unique to their comedic voice. Participants will develop a process for building a dynamic piece from a simple idea or impulse, and pieces will be developed and refined through technical focus on basic theatre skills, live direction and talkback.

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything (Claire Titelman)
Sep
8
to Oct 13

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything (Claire Titelman)

Sundays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250

Moving Arts
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHER: Claire Titelman

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything (Kevin Krieger)
Sep
8
to Oct 13

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything (Kevin Krieger)

Sundays • 1pm-4pm • 6 Weeks • $250

Skiptown Playhouse
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHER: Kevin Krieger

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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The MURGE
Sep
8
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Fiasco with John Gilkey
Sep
9
to Oct 14

Fiasco with John Gilkey

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mondays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250

Lyric Hyperion Theater & Cafe
*Class size limited to 14

TEACHER: John Gilkey

*Class limited to 14

Pre-requisite: Intro, Intermidiot, and Advanced - Application required.

This class, led by Idiot Workshop founder John Gilkey, is a chance for students who have completed Intro, Intermidiot and Advanced, to continue their journey searching for deeper and more rewarding Idiotic experiences. We will review old exercises and concepts breaking them open for new understanding, as well as explore new and challenging ideas. Together, we will continue to uncover your own Idiot voice, finding broader expression and an even more free sense of play. We will reinforce and practice concepts for playing with partners and groups. Although the focus will not be to create material, we will always have an eye towards identifying and supporting moments and bits that might be expanded into performance pieces.

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Idiot Dome
Sep
22
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Sep
24
to Sep 25

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Jul
30
to Jul 31

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Idiot Dome
Jul
28
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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The MURGE
Jul
14
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Jun
25
to Jun 26

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Idiot Dome
Jun
23
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Wet The Hippo After Hours
Jun
22
10:00 PM22:00

Wet The Hippo After Hours

Join us for a wild night of comedy with a brand new show from Wet The Hippo, the folks that brought you:

The Murge -
"Lascivious, blasphemous and potentially dangerous… Spontaneous theater of the absurd" - LA Weekly

The Simple Simples -
"This is the kind of comedy we don’t get enough of." - Stage Raw

Wet The Hippo (original show) -
"This show should simply not be missed...transcendent...absolutely hilarious...beautiful...the whole thing feels like a jazz symphony made up on the spot by Duke, Miles, Coltrane and Fitzgerald. Yes, the members of Wet The Hippo are that good." - LA Bitter Lemons.

Photo: Koltin Sullivan

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The MURGE
Jun
9
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
May
28
to May 29

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Idiot Dome
May
26
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything
May
19
to Jun 30

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything

Sundays • 1pm-4pm • 6 Weeks • $250
(no class May 26th, Memorial weekend)
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: Meera Kumbhani & John Norris

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
May
18
to Jun 29

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturdays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250
(no class May 25th, Memorial weekend)
 
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHER: Ian Bratschie & Gemma Soldati

*Class limited to 13

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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The MURGE
May
12
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Apr
30
to May 1

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Idiot Dome
Apr
28
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Wet The Hippo After Hours
Apr
27
10:00 PM22:00

Wet The Hippo After Hours

Join us for a wild night of comedy with a brand new show from Wet The Hippo, the folks that brought you:

The Murge -
"Lascivious, blasphemous and potentially dangerous… Spontaneous theater of the absurd" - LA Weekly

The Simple Simples -
"This is the kind of comedy we don’t get enough of." - Stage Raw

Wet The Hippo (original show) -
"This show should simply not be missed...transcendent...absolutely hilarious...beautiful...the whole thing feels like a jazz symphony made up on the spot by Duke, Miles, Coltrane and Fitzgerald. Yes, the members of Wet The Hippo are that good." - LA Bitter Lemons.

Artwork courtesy Eugenia Loli.

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The MURGE
Apr
14
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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BITS & PIECES - Creating Material For The Stage
Apr
7
to May 12

BITS & PIECES - Creating Material For The Stage

Sundays • 1pm-4pm • 6 Weeks • $250

TEACHERS: Gemma Soldati & Claire Titelman

Pre-requsite: TEACHER APPROVAL

Focus will be on solo and duo performance pieces. The goal is to devise stand-alone pieces that can be put up in all kinds of shows. Students are encouraged to bring in ideas they would like to work on.

DEVISING • IDEATION • COLLABORATION • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Culminating in a performance, this class will explore what it means to take each performer's unique Idiot out of the classroom and into the theater with a live audience. Performers will find and develop material that is unique to their comedic voice. Participants will develop a process for building a dynamic piece from a simple idea or impulse, and pieces will be developed and refined through technical focus on basic theatre skills, live direction and talkback.

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ADVANCED - Together in Perfect Juxtaposition
Apr
7
to May 12

ADVANCED - Together in Perfect Juxtaposition

Sundays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: Kevin Krieger & John Norris

Pre-requsite: Intermidiot

Working with multiple players and creating more visual scenes. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

VERBAL AND PHYSICAL RELATIONSHIPS • STATUS • FOCUS

In the ADVANCED class performers learn to play with stage partners. For The Idiot there is never a fourth wall, so care is taken in order to sustain the relationship with the audience. Rather than create relationships with face to face dialogues, The Idiot uses more subtle elements like physicality, sound and tone. Performers will discover ways to create more visual scenes including the use of tableau, stage pattern, space and architecture. Performers will discover ways to create tension and dynamics through the use of status in their relationships.

Performers will learn to generate comedy through contrast, layers, and juxtaposition in a stage picture with multiple concurrent perspectives. Performers will discover how rhythm plays a key role in the exchange between multiple players and how the throwing and taking of focus drives the scene forward. Performers will explore creative and playful ways to challenge each other including counter-intuitive ways to “yes and” one another.

Total Cost: $230*

*Payment due in full upon registration. If unable to pay, please contact idiot@theidiotworkshop.com for payment options.

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INTRO - There Is Game In Everything
Apr
6
to May 11

INTRO - There Is Game In Everything

Saturdays • 2pm-5pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: Tim Reid & Meera Kumbhani

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
Apr
6
to May 11

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Saturdays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHER: Ian Bratschie & Amrita Dhaliwal

*Class limited to 13

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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Hippodrome
Mar
26
to Mar 27

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Idiot Dome
Mar
24
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Wet The Hippo After Hours
Mar
23
10:00 PM22:00

Wet The Hippo After Hours

National Monument

Join us for a wild night of comedy with a brand new show from Wet The Hippo, the folks that brought you:

The Murge -
"Lascivious, blasphemous and potentially dangerous… Spontaneous theater of the absurd" - LA Weekly

The Simple Simples -
"This is the kind of comedy we don’t get enough of." - Stage Raw

Wet The Hippo (original show) -
"This show should simply not be missed...transcendent...absolutely hilarious...beautiful...the whole thing feels like a jazz symphony made up on the spot by Duke, Miles, Coltrane and Fitzgerald. Yes, the members of Wet The Hippo are that good." - LA Bitter Lemons.

Artwork courtesy Eugenia Loli.

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The MURGE
Mar
10
9:30 PM21:30

The MURGE

Live-directed by John Gilkey

LA's underground comedy hit, The Murge has been running in the same small theater in a Los Feliz strip mall for over 3 years. The Murge is a showcase for The Idiot Workshop's unique style of wild and unpredictable comedy. 

Every 2nd Sunday of the month.

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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Hippodrome
Feb
26
to Feb 27

Hippodrome

  • The Lyric Hyperion Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hippodrome is an open jam from The Idiot Workshop led by John Gilkey. We invite everyone to come hang out for any or all of it. We’re never quite sure who will get up, but we look to mix people who might not have played together before, try new things, and show what we’re up to. We want to challenge what we do and see all the styles the Idiot thing can take.

Every last Tuesday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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BITS & PIECES - Creating Material For The Stage
Feb
25
to Apr 1

BITS & PIECES - Creating Material For The Stage

Mondays • 10am-1pm • 6 Weeks • $250

TEACHERS: Gemma Soldati

Pre-requsite: TEACHER APPROVAL

Focus will be on solo and duo performance pieces. The goal is to devise stand-alone pieces that can be put up in all kinds of shows. Students are encouraged to bring in ideas they would like to work on.

DEVISING • IDEATION • COLLABORATION • PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Culminating in a performance, this class will explore what it means to take each performer's unique Idiot out of the classroom and into the theater with a live audience. Performers will find and develop material that is unique to their comedic voice. Participants will develop a process for building a dynamic piece from a simple idea or impulse, and pieces will be developed and refined through technical focus on basic theatre skills, live direction and talkback.

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Idiot Dome
Feb
24
9:30 PM21:30

Idiot Dome

Five teams enter. One team wins. 

IDIOT DOME is unlike any other comedy competition you've experienced. Each team is made up of current and former students of The Idiot Workshop. They have only one mission - to be so memorable -- in success or failure -- that the audience votes for them at the end. There is no fourth wall. No rules. The only mandate is to use their Idiot training to take them into the deepest waters of pure idiocy to reign supreme.

The evening is hosted by Joe Mitchell and William Sheets.

Every 4th Sunday of the month

TICKETS: Pay What You Can

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ACTING AS DISASTER
Feb
24
to Mar 31

ACTING AS DISASTER

Sundays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250

TEACHERS: Meera Rohit Kumbhani and Tim Reid

*Class size limited to 12

Pre-requsite: NONE

We will bring in texts and plays by Chekhov, Pinter, Tennessee Williams, and others and interrogate the ways scripts are approached and brought into a rehearsal room. How can we take from those approaches, exaggerate and subvert them, slam them against a wall, and see what spills out? How can we find and exalt the role of the actor, especially the one who always exceeds the role they are given? This is still about serving plots, serving characters, serving the surmised designs of dead playwrights and absent-directors, serving the institution of theater as a cultural archive, but serving it so thoroughly and committedly that we are unrecognizable. Please note: There will be some homework and work between classes.

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INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit
Feb
24
to Mar 31

INTERMIDIOT - Risk, Rhythm and The Little Shit

Sundays • 11am-2pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHER: Kevin Krieger

*Class limited to 13

Pre-requsite: INTRO

Dig deeper into The Idiot.  This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

STAKES • DRIVE • GAME • ENERGY • TENSION & RELEASE

In Intermidiot the search for The Idiot is intensified. Performers discover the strength gained by magnifying flaws into hilarious and memorable character traits. Performers tap into their own sense of the ridiculous in order to riff more freely, taking bigger risks with the audience. Performers are introduced to the the idea of The Idiot as catalyst and Little Shit, gaining insights and acquiring the techniques on how to work a room through stakes, tension and release, energy placement, drive and game.

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INTRO - Saturday Afternoons - There Is Game In Everything
Feb
23
to Mar 30

INTRO - Saturday Afternoons - There Is Game In Everything

Saturdays • 2pm-5pm • 6 Weeks • $250
*Class size limited to 13

TEACHERS: Amrita Dhaliwal & Gemma Soldati

Pre-requsite: Some previous performance experience is encouraged.

This class is good for all types of performers from Improvisers and Stand-Ups to Screen Actors to Dancers. This class can be taken multiple times and at any time. We are not seeking to graduate but to explore...

PRESENCE • PLAY • GAME • COMMITMENT • AUDIENCE

An introduction to the basic principles of The Idiot. The foundation of The Idiot begins with the establishment of a relationship with the audience. Without an audience The Idiot does not exist. Performers in The Idiot Workshop learn to be present and playful allowing them to improvise organically without having to follow improv rules or formulas. Range is developed through strong commitment to choice, character, self and partner. Performers are encouraged to play from their unique comedy core and to discover the potential for game in every moment. Performers are introduced to physical performance engaging the entire body.

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