Tuesday, August 28, 2012

ONE OF THE BEST IMPROV TEACHER YOU'LL EVER HAVE is teaching a pair of workshops in Chicago!
Jeff Michalski is in Chicago with his new improvised performance event HOBO CAMP at the 773 Theater.  He'll be teaching a two four week workshops starting Wednesday, Sept. 19th from 7-9pm and Saturday Sept. 22, from 2-5pm. The cost of the four week course is $200.

To enroll call: 310- 972 -0184
You can use paypal to secure your spot in the class! Pay to thedabera@yahoo.com through paypal.

Read what the big guns of improv have to say about working with Jeff.
Read what students have to say about Jeff's workshops.
Check out Jeff.

"This Workshop is Game Changing"

"One of the best teacher/directors I've ever known."  Kevin Crowley, Actor.

"If you are an actor, writer or comedian in LA, I can't recommend Jeff Michalski highly enough. He makes brilliance look easy."  John Fugelsang, the Sexy Liberals Tour.

"For those of you knock taking any kind of comedy classes, you obviously have not had the privilege of meeting and learning from the very funny and very wise Jeff Michalski. Get over yourself, sign up and learn from one of the best people in the business." Rudy Ruiz, comedian.

"It was the best improv class I have ever taken, hands down. I learned so much in such a short time--if only every class was taught that efficiently." Alicia Cressey, Improviser at Second City Training Center

"I took a 2 day workshop with Jeff in NewYork.  Honestly, by the end of day two I felt as free and creative as when I was just a little tot. Amazing. You won't regret taking any class with him." Dale Davidson, improviser.

"Jeff is in fact, quite spectacular." Carlos Mendoza, comedian.

"I'm still under the influence of the last workshop. It is mind and soul boggling." Amy Levi, Symphony Musician.

"Jeff was my improv instructor back in the late 80's at Second City in the early 90's at UpFront. He is magnificent."  G. Charles Wright, writer/producer.

"I am a workshop addict and have taken many great workshops with some of the greatest names in improv. This workshop was game changing. Just when I thought I had heard every perspective there was on improv, Jeff came in and gave me a set of tools that made my work instantly funnier, better acted and smarter. At the same time it made it easier and for the first time made me feel that the improv I was doing was important."
Dan Abrams, writer/producer.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Let's Hear it! The Big Guns of Improv Speak Out about Jeff


undefined"What could anyone say about Jeff that isn't good?" --Ryan Stiles, "The Drew Carey Show", Whose Line Is It, Anyway?""The first director I had at Second City (Jeff Michalski) said, "You have to learn to love the bomb," and I didn't know what he meant for a very long time. Imagine a child drinking a beer for the first time and they can't possibly understand why you like it. And you can't possibly explain why its tastes good." --Stephen Colbert "The Colbert Report"

"When I first started improvising in Chicago almost twenty years ago, I was desperate for guidance. In my search, I encountered numerous "mentors" and "teachers" who, in lieu of any practical advice, mostly offered vague theater platitudes such as "feel the space". I felt lost. After performing in my first Second City show, Jeff, our director, walked back into the green room where Chris Farley, another member of the company, wondered out loud why a rather enormous choice fell to the stage with a thud. Jeff casually replied, "You went for the laugh and they hated you for it." We had found our leader. Jeff speaks simpy and passionately and when it comes to improv, he is always right. Jeff is such a masterful teacher, it's easy to forget he is one of the finest improvisers to ever perform on a stage." --Paul Dinello, writer/producer "Strangers with Candy" & "The Colbert Report" consultant

"Jeff was my favorite teacher at Second City. HE always reminded us to have fun and to be supportive of one another. HE encouraged playing to the top of your 
intelligenceand trusting the audience to be smarter than you. I loved Jeff's classes and looked forward to going. Whenever I made him laugh was like a badge of honor and I would not be anywhere without his guidance."
-Tim Meadows "Saturday Night Live"

"I have worked with Jeff Michalski both in improvised and scripted works. And I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to sit in some of his workshops and improvclasses. Jeff's enthusiasm and obvious love ofimprov makes it almost impossible to leave the class without being inspired and with great respect for the craft. Watching him throughout the years,rememberingsome this simple but effective methods, certainly served me well when I was on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Anyone who has Jeff as a teacher has distinct advantage over anyone else." --Colin Mochrie "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?"

"I have known Jeff Michalski for over 20 years and have worked with him in many capacities. He has directed me in improvisation and sketch and I have written and performed with him. He is uniquely qualified to teach improvisation because of his experience, knowledge and passion for it. He personifies principles like "make the other person look good.
He is a treat to watch and learn from. Time with Jeff is well spent."--Dave Pasquesi Actor and Improv Olympic Alumnus

"Jeff not only teaches, he inspires. His joy and sense of play are contagious. Whenever anyone asks me who they should study improvisation with, Jeff is at the top of that list." Daniel Passer, Clown Master, Cirque de Soliel

About Jeff

Chicago born Jeff Michalski first appeared on the Improvisation scene in 1974 and  has mostly been involved in projects that synthesize the theatrical experience with Improvisation. Jeff was a critically acclaimed director and performer at Second City where he co-founded the ETC. and took part in the creation of Second City’s training program. As an actor he has been featured in 30 films. He has guest starred on in television drama’s and sitcoms and was America’s first VJ in Michael Nesmiths’ Popclips.’ He was featured in a segment of Michael Moores ' TV Nation’ which he was hired using as an audition piece an unplanned  video spoof of an Alien Invasion  improvised on tape while riding Second City's double decker parade bus during Chicago’s Christmas parade.