To those who wish to know more about Improvisational Comedy, the science behind it, as well as how to be really good at it, one of the best persons to turn to for that is, without a doubt, Christian Capozzoli. He gives you a prep talk about all that you need to know about it in his book, the Aerodynamics of Yes: The Improviser’s Manual. Beyond that, however, he also offers improv classes to those who want it, as he believes that there are a lot of ways to make people laugh.
Capozzoli has been in the improv scene for almost 20 years already, 18 to be exact, and he regards entering the scene as one of his most life-changing experiences. He has gone through programs in improvisation comedy himself from New York’s Magnet Theater, as well as the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater. He has had the privilege of working with premier instructors and experts in the field of improv comedy, with some of these instructors being Armando Diaz, Mick Napier, Omar Shapli, Joe Bill, Mark Sutton, Patti Stiles, Randy Dizon, among others. He is proud to have taken part in the said field, using it as a platform, as well as understanding the best way of teaching it.
What he believes about Teaching Comedy
He admits to have doubts about the teaching of the genre altogether, as the academic realm of all this causes the entire art to become more rutinary and technical, rather than being artistic and natural. In some points, a person’s sense of humor, or even his voice is either sacrificed or compromised. He aims to give his students what he believes is truly right, one which “pushes out” the genre from cubism, embracing techniques, and incorporating those known from throughout the whole world.