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    9 Places to Study Comedy in Los Angeles

    With pilot season around the corner and a slew of new single- and multi-camera comedies, there is no better time to hone your comedy and improvisation skills. LA-based actors take note: Here are 9 great places to study comedic acting.

  • Advice

    8 Great Improv Schools in NYC and L.A.

    Of all the tools in the actor’s toolbox, improv skills (and training) are among the most crucial for all sorts of jobs. Whether you’re a classically trained actor aiming to branch out, a beginner trying to have fun onstage, or a professional comedian making your mark on the ...

  • News

    L.A.'s Funny Women Festival Still Accepting Submissions

    The improv theater that launched the careers of Amy Poehler and Tina Fey wants to showcase female performers in Los Angeles next month.

  • Interview

    L.A. Actor Brings Web Series to the Stage

    Marissa A. Ross has become something of a master of the new media crossover. She turned her blog, "Tangents & The Times," into a Web series and now is turning her follow-up Web series, “Wine Time,” into a live show.

  • Interview

    Improvisation Breeds Confidence and Community at iO West

    At iO West, performing improv feels nothing like work. Actors Lucas Neff, Echo Kellum, and the rest of the Odd Man team know that improvisation is an essential skill for actors.

  • News

    Amy Poehler's Alma Mater Hosts Festival and Other L.A. Events

    Festivals are great for networking, even if you’re only there to attend. Making connections is even easier when there’s a bar involved.

  • Advice

    Smaranda Luna Gives Herself Permission to Act (Slideshow)

    Backstage member Smaranda Luna is an Equity and SAG-AFTRA actor who moved from Romania to the States and earned her MFA at the University of Texas at Austin.

  • News

    Board ‘Titanic’ on Valentine’s Day

    This week we want to catch the screening of “Titanic” at the Los Angeles Theatre; get “Up Close” with Jonathan Groff; take some workshops at the L.A. Scripted Comedy Fest; read “Mad as Hell”; and see drag queens “compete” in “Pageant”!

  • News

    Miserable and Scared of Change?

    Head over the river and through the hipsters to Brooklyn’s The Brick—home of “mad experimenters of theater”—for “I’m Miserable But Change Scares Me”; check out the L.A. Women’s Theater Fest; pick up a copy of “The World of Musicals”; and hear the “New Voices ...

  • News

    This Summer, Travel iO West!

    One of Los Angeles’ top improv and sketch schools offers a full slate of entertaining performances, including George McAuliffe’s one-man satire “Not All Cops Are Bad!”