What is Improv...really? Is there a difference between Improv, Stand-Up, and Acting?
Improv is scriptless theater. Improv is created on the spot. Improv is amazing! At The Nest you’ll find Longform improvisation; where we take one suggestion, expand and explore it, and use that exploration to inform scenes. We also do Shortform improvisation with our ComedySportz show; two teams of improvisers going head-to-head in a competition with multiple suggestions, scenes with twists, and a lot of fun!
Stand-Up is generally one person (sometimes more) telling pre-written jokes to an audience. For whatever reason, stand-up shows make people feel like they can heckle. Heckling isn’t something that is looked forward to by any performer. While there is a chain of Stand-Up comedy clubs called “The Improv,” improv isn’t their main focus.
As far as Acting goes, we think of acting as the art of portraying people and stories. Improvisers are Actors, but Actors aren’t necessarily Improvisers.
How much are shows? How do online tickets work?
Generally, shows are between $5-$12. To be sure, check out all of the Show listings.
Our online tickets are generally $2 less than at the door. These tickets are limited and go offline day of the show. We will try to reserve some tickets for walk-up customers, but it is always best to buy ahead online.
When are shows and how early can I get there?
We have the start time posted with each show, on our show listings. Try to arrive a bit early, so we can get you seated before the show starts! If you have 4 or more in your party show up when we open to guarantee a seat together.
Doors open 30-minutes before showtime. Currently, weekly shows start:
Fridays at 8pm and 9:30pm
Saturdays at 8pm and 10pm
and monthly shows start:
Thursday at 8pm
Do you have food and drink?
We have beer, wine, and liquor available, as well as general concessions like soda, chips, and candy bars.
If you want a full meal, make a night of it! You’ll want to go somewhere for dinner then head on over to The Nest.
How interactive are your shows?
Longform shows usually are based off one suggestion from the audience at the beginning. Shortform is loaded with opportunities for suggestions and, for some games, we may even ask for audience volunteers!
Improv is not like Stand-Up Comedy. We don’t like to single people out and pick on them. We are all in this together. Not being a stand-up show goes both ways though…heckling isn’t an improv thing.
Can I bring my whole family?
Our ComedySportz shows are clean shows that are great for any age. For all other shows, read the summary to be sure. Most waiver between a PG-13 to R rating.
How is parking by the theatre?
We’re in just west of 315 in Franklinton, and we have our own parking lot!
When that fills up there is street parking available, and the gravel area behind our space is available too.
Where do I start?
Right here! If you’re even thinking about learning improv, you probably fit into one of these categories to some degree:
- You’ve heard about the positive benefits of group mind and collaboration.
- You like to be the life of the party…the class clown…making people laugh brings you joy.
- Your family and friends tell you that you’re funny and you should do comedy.
- You’re an actor looking to increase your skill range and adaptability.
Either way, you’re in the right place. If you’re itching for the stage and love the idea of performance possibilities, you can start with our Level 1 class. You’ll learn the fundamentals and be on the right path!
If improv sounds fun, but being on stage in front of a crowd seems daunting (you’re not alone), you can ALSO start at Level 1 and you’ll be fine! We’re very supportive. But, you might want to try one of our shorter Level 0 classes designed to help you apply improv skills to your life more than just performance. People who learn the skills in Level 0 will have so much fun they’ll probably end up signing up for Level 1 right afterwards!
How can I perform at The Nest?
Are you new to improv? Take our Classes! All of our ensemble members have gone through training with us so that we’re all on the same wavelength and speaking the same language. Do you already perform with a group in Columbus? While you’re taking classes you can also Contact Us and submit your group to possibly be part of our Columbus Classic, CAGEMATCH, or Dual Duel show slots.
Keep up with us on our Mailing List for audition notices as we add to ensembles or create new shows.
I already know improv, can I skip levels in your training center?
We have everyone start at Level 1 at our training center. Our program has been designed to not only reflect our specific skew towards infusing improv with heart, but also to provide new insights for experienced performers.
There is also something invaluable about the camaraderie that gets built with fellow classmates during the process.
How much are classes and when do I need to pay?
Most Level 0 classes are $40 (price varies depending on length of class), and 6-week classes are $175. All sales are handled online through the site and payment is necessary to book and hold your spot in class.
Do you have internships or scholarships?
We have an internship program! A limited amount of students will be able to apply for an internship.
Once you’ve successfully completed Level 1 you can Contact Us and apply to be an intern for future classes.
Do classes have an age requirement?
You must be at least 18 years old to take a class at The Nest Theatre. There is no maximum age.
We will be looking to design specific programs for youth and teens in the future. Keep up with us on that and all info by joining our Mailing List.
What if I need to skip a session?
We get it. Life happens. If something comes up and you can’t join the next class level, it’s ok. You can pick up where you left off as long as you wait no longer than 6-months. When you stay away from improv too long and haven’t been working basic skills, they fade away. So, you’ll be required to start back at Level 1.
If I take classes, will I become an ensemble member?
There are no guarantees that you’ll become an ensemble member after completing the training program. You WILL have all of the skills we look for in ensemble members, and you’ll have great skills for life!
I’m signed up. Can I miss or make-up classes?
There are important lessons in each class. Many that build off of each other and are essential to understanding future class levels. We understand that “life” can happen, but it is important that you get all of the lessons from one level in order to move on to the next.
Students are allowed to miss or substitute one class. If you miss more than that you will need to repeat the class before moving on. See the Refund Policy for more details.
Can I rent your space for a private event?
Contact us and we’ll get the details from you we need. The Nest is a great space to have company meetings and brainstorming sessions.
Can I hire you for a private show or workshop?
Of course you can! Improvisational shows are perfect for any company event looking to interject some energy and entertainment. Applied Improvisation is one of the hottest business trends for team building and communication. It’s fun, it provides great take-aways, and gets everyone involved (even the engineers!).
Contact us today to get more information specifically designed for your company.