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SOLD OUT Playing with Purpose: a Longform Improv Intensive

  • Hashtag Comedy's Learning Center at The Fort 2000 South High Street Columbus, OH, 43207 United States (map)

Playing with Purpose: a Longform Improv Intensive

Playing with Purpose is a four hour longform intensive for improv students. When it comes to longform improvisation, how you start is important. If you put in the work up top, you won’t find yourself struggling to invent things later on.

In this four hour longform improv intensive, students will focus on:
-Organic initiations - finding the first unusual/funny thing in a scene and building upon it with your scene partner
-Playing the game of the scene - finding and heightening patterns from the first unusual/funny thing
-Pulling information from monologues
-Constructing solid premise based initiations based on information from monologues focused coaching and feedback from your instructor.

Students should have a basic understanding or education/experience with longform improv. Space for this intensive is very limited; register early to guarantee seating.

The workshop will be from 1-5 pm with a 10 person cap.

Attendees are asked to arrive 15 minutes early to check-in.

Michael Busch is a Cleveland native who has over fifteen years of professional experience in the Los Angeles comedy scene and entertainment industry as an actor, writer, director, and producer. To learn more about his work, please visit

Michael Busch is a graduate of IO’s improv training program and studied improv and sketch at The Upright Citizens Brigade with founders Matt Besser and Matt Walsh, among others.

Michael Busch has acted in sketches on Human Giant, Key & Peele, and Conan; written sketches and digital series for FunnyorDie, Comedy Central, AwesomenessTV, Break, and Maker Studios; was a member of multiple house improv (Harold) teams at IO West and UCBTLA, a writer/performer on a house sketch (Maude) team at UCBTLA, and has also written/directed/produced/acted in various other shows there.

Additional television and film acting credits: The Goldbergs, Adam Ruins Everything, Glee, The Middle, Pretty Little Liars, The Ghost Whisperer, Community, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Arsenio Hall Show, Body of Proof, Hope & Randy, Franklin & Bash, Workaholics, Carpoolers, Miss March, and dozens of national commercials.