Harvard Sailing Team is one of the most awesome sketch teams in the whole wooorllldd and we were lucky enough to have them play the Second Annual Nerdist School Assembly! HST is Jen Curran, Rebecca Delgado Smith, Clayton Early, Faryn Einhorn, Katie Larsen, Adam Lustick, Billy Scafuri, Chris Smith and Sara Taylor. Check out their sketch, Oral History: Epcot below!
Tuesday March 29th at the Nerdist School Stage, we’ll hold our First Annual Tournament for the Second Annual Assembly. Twelve indie improv teams from the Nerdist School community will go head-to-head. The winning team will get a show during the Second Annual Assembly (happening on April 9th). The tournament starts at seven and will go until we have a reigning team! Free for Nerdist School Students with your student id. Only $5 for our friends. WHO WILL BE THE CHAMPION?
From a tiny black-box theater on Sunset, right next door to the nerd mecca Meltdown Comics, Ptolemy Slocum is plotting improv’s return to its freer roots.
Slocum, a character actor who’s appeared in a number of films and in HBO series including The Wire, Veep and The Sopranos, is the lead teacher at the Nerdist School, a year-old improv instruction center named for actor Chris Hardwick’s megapopular geek-culture podcast and website. (Not to be confused with the NerdMelt Showroom, the popular stand-up stage in the back of the comics shop.)
For 15 years, since back in his New York theater days, Slocum has been developing a curriculum that embraces a more experimental, less rule-bound approach to improv.
“It’s about raw performance, doing exactly what’s coming out of you,” he says. “You get to the point where all the rules are gone. To a point of pure expression.”
While the Nerdist School has the backing of Hardwick’s brand, it’s distinctly its own thing. Hardwick doesn’t sit in the back row and give notes — he simply bought into Slocum’s vision. “There is a lot of crossover in the philosophies,” Slocum says. “We’re looking for people with personal passion that drives them, but who aren’t the type that, you know, does whatever it takes to fuck over the competition. Chris had one rule: Make sure no one is an asshole.”