What is improv and what are the benefits?
In improv, we make stuff up and we make people laugh! It’s like acting in a play, but without the scripts. A live audience calls out suggestions for performers to run with, and hilarity ensues.
Improv teaches teamwork, focus, communication skills, listening, kindness, embracing fear, connecting, public speaking skills, being in the moment, finding the joy in lifting others’ spirits, quick-thinking, creative problem solving, finding and trusting your voice, and so much more!
When taught correctly, it’s the world’s greatest confidence-booster.
Why Studio LOL?
Lots of people and programs have started seeing the incredible benefits of improv for young people, which is wonderful news! The more people doing improv in the world, the better the world will be!
We believe we’ve got a real special thing going on at Studio LOL, though.
We are EXPERTS at one thing. We’re incredibly specialized and we don’t do anything else. We know kids, we know teens, and we know a million special tips and tricks for making improv training accessible in age-appropriate ways. We know TRILLIONS* of improv games. (*Probably. Haven’t counted.) But more importantly, we know how to make them work outside the adult world.
Our program has been recognized in lots of special ways. We’ve been named the “Best Improv Classes for Kids” by Los Angeles Magazine and LA Weekly, and we’ve even been profiled on the local news so we’re EXTREMELY FAMOUS NOW and it’s a really big deal.
Many of our customers are well-known professional comedians and actors who trust us with bringing improv to their children in a genuinely wholesome, loving way. We’ve got an enormous word-of-mouth following and have hardly ever advertised!
What kind of kid should do this?
Any! Seriously! We aren’t a “child actor” kind of place. We’re a come-have-fun, work-on-some-lifeskills, laugh-and-make-friends kind of place. Nervous beginners are always welcome!
How can I best support my child's experience in this class?
Our class functions best when students are in a quiet environment. Please note that they'll be un-muted for much of the class. Background noise can be a distraction, including any side-coaching from parents. A quiet space and a device with solid wifi help set us up for success! (But we're also great at rolling with the punches when this isn't possible.)
You'll want to make sure you've got Zoom on your device, and that your child is comfortable using the Mute/Unmute and Start/Stop Video buttons.
Are there boys?
Goodness, yes. We almost always have a 50/50 ratio of guys and gals. Something about it being "Comedy" and not "Theater" apparently makes it very dude-friendly.
So is it just, like, bathroom jokes the whole time?
Ha! No. We help gently guide students toward creative, thoughtful ideas. We have magical, secret tricks that make them immediately abandon all yucky, violent, inappropriate stuff, without shaming them for naturally thinking those topics are funny.
How do absences work?
We are unable to offer refunds or monetary credits for unused classes, but we’re always happy to book a makeup class that can be used before the Semester comes to an end. We ask for a 24-hour heads up when your child needs to miss — it helps our teachers plan ahead and rebook your child's spot.
Can my child do a trial class?
Yep! Enter code FREETRIALCLASS at checkout.
Can the grandparents purchase a gift card?
Yep! Click here.
Can I make a donation and support the cause?
Yes! And thank you so much for your support! We believe joy and laughter are for everyone and whenever possible, we allow students to enroll in our class free of charge if their family would not otherwise be able to afford our program. Your donation helps us to open another one of these spots for a child. We don't have a fancy 501c3 (yet!), but you can make a donation for a student's class tuition here.
Are you hiring/expanding?
Not right this second, but we take a close look at EVERY application that comes in throughout the year and reach out when we’re ready. To apply: Email a simple video of yourself outlining your experience with both kids and improv. Send to Katy at: email@example.com