Classes in Chicago

Close Quarters

Close Quarters is a long form in which all of the scenes take place adjacent to one another in the same timeline.

This form was originally created by a hard working cast and performed at the Second City etc on Wednesday nights. Craig Cackowski, Peter Gwinn, Bob Dassie, Stephnie Weir, Molly Cavanaugh, Lillian Frances, Al Samuels, and Rich Talarico, and was directed by Noah Gregoropoulos.

Learn the structure and techniques from one of the original cast members and Laugh Out Loud owner, Lillie Frances.

The final class is followed by a show at 8:30 pm where the students get to try out the form!

Laugh Out Loud Youth Ensemble

Laugh Out Loud's Youth Ensemble will have your kids flexing their funny bones while challenging them with a variety of theater exercises and improv comedy games. This comedy course is led by professional Chicago improvisers, and these instructors will take your child on a journey through improv that will hone a variety of skills such as teamwork, listening, public speaking, creative thinking, self-confidence, and, of course, individual sense of humor.

Students MUST be invited to be in this ensemble, and we will hold auditions to add to this ensemble at a later date.

This eight week program will culminate in three performances at Laugh Out Loud Theater.

Sundays 2:00-4:00pm
Sept 8 - Oct 6 Rehearsals
Oct 13 - 27 Shows

Laugh Out Loud Academy

The Laugh Out Loud Academy is a home for improv artists to take their craft to the next level.

Have you hit a plateau?

Do your scenes/rehearsals/shows feel like more of the same?

Do you want to take your hard-earned improv skills in a new direction?

Mastery takes practice.

The Laugh Out Loud Academy will push you to take creative risks and explore your comedic voice. With courses in long form, video production, coaching, and more, you can hone your abilities and further your training.

Most of our programs have a performance element because more stage time means one more step towards excellence in performance.