About seanmichaelboozer

an Michael is a SAG actor/director/writer/ who studied Theatre at NAU and teaches at the SAG Conservatory. Sean Michael has performed improv and sketch for over 15 years the last ten right here in Los Angeles on the stages of ACME, The Groundlings, Second City, Bang, Westside Eclectic, IOWEST and Upright Citizen’s Brigade. SM has also performed at National Improv Festivals with Nation of Improv and can currently be seen at The Second City Friday Nights in his long form improv show The Greene Boozer Elixir . Sean Michael believes that improv is an essential skill in today’s commercial actor and uses improv techniques at all of his commerical auditions.

Improv vs Sketch vs. Stand-Up; Whats the dif? Part II

The major difference between Improv and Stand up is team vs individual.  Improv is a team sport (if you’ve ever seen an improv show where this is not realized it is PAINFUL) while stand-up is a solo sport. Improv is soccer, stand-up is boxing.  Improv is hockey, Stand-up is surfing. Improv is Jai alai, Stand-up is motocross. Improv is Mahjong,  Stand-up is… still reading?  I’m sure you get the point which was actually made back when I called Improv a team sport and Stand-up an individual sport. Continue reading

Improv vs Sketch vs. Stand-Up; Whats the dif?

I am surprised by the number of actors who are confused by my saying come check out my improv show.
First response is usually something in the area of, “So you’re doing Stand-up at the Improv?”
No, I’m doing an improv show?
Their response, “So, like sketches then…?”

Many actors who aren’t in the comedy world seem to see all three of these very different forms of comedy as one.
I’ll try to make a bit of a distinction here for you.

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Why am I doing this?

Lately, I’ve been looking at things that serve me personally and things that serve my career.

Since this is not about me and my personal stuff we’ll focus on the career part. As I’m culling out projects, people, and general distraction from my career (I didn’t move here to surf), I’ve had to take a look at why I’m doing a weekly improv show.

Does this serve me?

I had to think about it. There have been groups I’ve left because it was simply a case of doing a show for your friends. This serves nothing but your ego and hookup percentage. Nothing wrong with serving either of those categories but it does not serve the career (unless one of the hookups is connected). Continue reading

What the- What are they doing?

If you are new to the improv world you may find yourself at different shows thinking, “What are they doing? This is completely different than the last show I caught.”

There are many different distinctions in improv. The most basic of the genres breaks down into two camps; Short form, also referred to as games and Long form. Continue reading

Which is the best improv theatre to take classes?

Several times a month I am asked, “Who has the best improv classes?” or “Where should I go for improv training?”. Here is the answer I always honestly give, “I don’t know.”
I hear you asking why does this joker have a blog, yet no answers.
The reason I can’t give a definitive-one-right-answer to this question is because it is a personal question, hence different for each. The most basic catalyst question you need to answer is, “Why am I taking an improv classes?” Continue reading