"Some of the most talented—and most demented—members of NYC’s comedy elite unleash all hell at the always-lit BCC." - Time Out New York

Core Classes


Level 1: Intro To Improv w/ Devin Bockrath (Jan/Feb)

First time taking an improv class? You’re in the right place.

This class will introduce new improvisers to the value of saying “Yes, And” to every idea - especially their own - to become joyful, fearless, and bold performers. Through games and exercises, this class will teach students the essentials of successful scenic improvisation -- to react emotionally and honestly, to trust your gut, to support scene partners and embrace taking risks. Whether you want to be a performer or just try out an improv class and meet new people, this class will boost your confidence and creativity in a safe, supportive environment at Brooklyn’s top comedy theater and school.

6-Week Section: Saturdays, 2:00-5:00 PM, Jan 5-Feb 9

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class Show: Friday, Feb. 15 @ 7 PM

Teacher: Devin Bockrath

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Level 2: Free Your Mind w/ Jared Jeffries (Jan/Feb)

This class underlines the core philosophy of what we teach at the BCC: that loving the hell out of whatever is happening onstage is the key to strong, successful scenes. It will help remind you what you love about improv, slap you out of whatever fear is holding you back, and cut out the naysaying voices in your head that cloud your inspiration. We will look at how we sometimes censor or bail on our choices out of a need to make the “right choice" when improvising, and that there is no “right or wrong in improv - only weak or strong,” and become stronger as a performer by embracing your mistakes and failing gloriously. This class pairs this sense of artistic freedom with an actionable approach to initiate scenes from a strong point of view, to be specific and surprising in your choices, to make what your partner said important to your character, and to confidently navigate the vocabulary and concepts that make-up long-form improv. This class will move quickly, keep you on your feet, and challenge you with personal feedback.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 “Intro To Improv” or Students who have taken at least one full-length course at a major comedy theater (UCB, PIT, Magnet, Second City, iO, Annoyance, etc.) or have similar prior training can begin at this level. Please write your prior experience in the form when registering.

6-Week Section: Sundays, 2:00-5:00 PM, Jan 6 - Feb 10

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class Show: Friday, Feb. 15 @ 8 PM

Teacher: Jared Jeffries

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Level 3: Ensemble and Long-Forms w/ Rachel Rosenthal

This class builds on the skills in Level 2 to teach students to command the stage as a fearless artist - while also focusing on being a team-player in any long-form ensemble. First, we challenge each student with exercises designed to wake up your individual creativity and ability to attack the stage confidently. We pair this self-empowerment with specific, personal notes to challenge your own artistic roadblocks and help you shape what you and only you can do onstage. Secondly, we focus on the performer as part of the scene by diving into the dynamics that make up surprising and believable two-person, three-person, and group scene work. Lastly, we focus on the performer as part of the ensemble: so you can take care of yourself onstage--great! Now, how can you be an ensemble player who listens and supports group mind to build long-form pieces organically. To that end, we study two specific improv forms (notably The Monoscene & The Dream) that challenge different group mind skill sets. This class culminates in a performance for the public. 

Prerequisite: BCC Level 2 “Free Your Mind.”

6-Week Class: Mondays, 7:00-10:00 PM, Jan 7-Feb 11

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class show: Friday, Feb. 15 @ 9 PM

Teacher: Rachel Rosenthal

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Level 4: Creating Through Improv w/ Philip Markle (Jan/Feb)

This class builds on the training in Level 3 of becoming an artist with a strong point of view, who creates and produces original work through improvisation. So often we judge our work before it's time to do so. We will get out of our heads and on our feet in this class to improvise as much content as possible and create through volume. Students will be tasked weekly to come in with original material, ranging from characters pieces to sketches to one-man show narratives. These pieces will then be workshopped via improvisation with the ensemble. This class will culminate in a showcase of material created through improvisation that features the point of view of each artist. Students will walk out of this class with an actionable method to get to work and produce on your own and with an ensemble of fellow writer/performers to collaboratively create with you.

Prerequisite: Completion of BCC Level 3 “Ensemble and Empowerment.”

6-Week Section: Sundays, 5:30-8:30 PM, Jan 13 - Feb 17

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY)

Class show: Thurs, Feb. 21 @ 8:00 PM

Teacher: Philip Markle

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Stand-Up: Finding Your Voice (Jan/Feb)

Have you always wanted to perform stand-up but don't know where to begin? In this class, we will breakdown how to get started writing a stand-up routine and find your voice as a comedian. Our methods will include how to mine personal stories for material, how to write one-liners and premises, and how to use improvisation to generate ideas instead of staring down a blank page. Classes will also give students the lay-of-the-land on the NY comedy scene - from welcoming weekly open mics to the best shows to see pros in action. Every class will include stage time to try out original material in front of classmates.

6-Week Class: Tuesdays, 7:00-10:00 PM, Jan 15 - Feb 19

@ Vital Joint (109 Meserole St, Brooklyn)

Class Show: Thurs, Feb. 21 @ 9:30 PM

Class limited to 12 students.

Teacher: Milly Tamarez

Testimonials from past students:

"The BCC stand-up class with Milly was truly excellent. It was well-structured and Milly is a non-judge mental, nurturing yet just-the-right-amount- of strict teacher and after much hard work, the payoff was huge - performing our stand up at the Brick Theater."

"Master of subject!"

"Milly really has a wealth of knowledge. My favorite thing was how she treated the feedback part of class (after each student's set) like a writer's room in that she would give ideas on how to improve a joke, or perhaps a different way of wording it, or a different place to take it - thus giving the students the nudge to start working their OWN comedy muscle's in similar ways. Milly is able to give the best constructive criticism - she never made anybody feel like their work or their questions were stupid/bad- she'd just give tips on how to improve, or answer the question in a way that didn't make the asker feel silly."

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