Second City Mainstage and I.O. West alumnus, David Shore, is now offering improv classes In London

David Shore has recently relocated to the London area and is now offering classes in Long-Form Improvisation.  David was an instructor at The Second City Training Centre (Toronto), and The Bad Dog Theatre (Toronto), and has over fourteen years of teaching experience.  A thirteen-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and two-time winner, David produced and hosted Monkey Toast:  The Improvised Talk Show (7 year run) and The Panel Show, and is the creator and original director of The Bad Dog Theatre’s Harold Night.

Here’s what former students have to say about David:

“Quite possibly the best improv eye in Toronto.” – Rob Baker, alumnus, The Second City Mainstage.

“I can’t recommend David Shore’s improv course enough and continue to do just that. David is committed to and passionate about making you a better improviser. I love MCing with a passion, and felt I’d come on leaps and bounds while doing David’s course. Such is his ability to draw out that something extra you possibly thought/hoped/prayed was in there somewhere. I’ve even ended up working on projects with people I met on the course, so even when it’s over it’s never really over.” – James Gill, MC, Always Be Comedy, London.

“David is a great instructor.  He doesn’t sugarcoat his notes and his clear set of goals plus his experience in improvisation will definitely help you grow.  Studying with David will make you a better improviser.”– Adam Cawley, alumnus, The Second City Mainstage.

“David is a relaxed yet instructional teacher, and creates a very safe space in his workshops so that you are encouraged to push yourself while learning. His notes are very helpful, he is especially talented at spotting what is holding one back (confidence in decisions/character/space work) and forcing you to confront those areas which you find hardest. This means that students might occasionally find classes difficult, but all will finish each level an improved improviser. Plus it’s loads of fun.” – Sara Pascoe, comedian/actress, Live at the Apollo, 2012, Campus, Stand Up for the Week.

“I’ve studied with lots of teachers but David was the best.  If I am up on stage and having fun and not worrying on the sidelines it is because of him.” – Stefanie Drummond, Improviser, The Bad Dog Theatre.

“Every student of improv needs a class with David Shore.  Not only is he knowledgeable and insightful, but he’s honest and will get to the heart of your improv issues without pulling any punches.  I am a better improviser because of his classes.” – Jan Caruana, 2009 & 2013 Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Female Improviser, and alumnus, The Second City Mainstage.

In order to keep up with the demand for the classes, David has hired Monkey Toast Players’ Cariad Lloyd and Paul Foxcroft to teach the lower level classes.

Cariad Lloyd is an award-winning improviser and comedian, and was also nominated for Best Newcomer in the Fosters Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2011. She has been improvising for seven years and is a founder member of Edinburgh hit Austentatious: The Improvised Jane Austen Novel, and Monkey Toast and Grand Theft Impro. She has made guest appearances with Baby Wants CandyShowstopper: The Improvised Musical and Ken Campbell’s School Of Night. She performs annually in The London 50 Hour Improvathon and has also performed in Die-Nasty’s 53 Hour Soapathon in Canada and with The English Lovers in Austria. Cariad was artistic director of The Institute, resident at the Canal Cafe Theatre and led them to win the London Theatresports Cup and won the Comedy School Cup with GTI. She is also an actor and has appeared in Cardinal Burns, Fit and Funtime as well as My First Planet, The Guns of Adam Riches and Newsjack for Radio 4.  She is a character stand-up and performs regularly on the London circuit.

Paul Foxcroft has been performing & teaching professionally in the UK, Canada & Europe for seven years. During that time, he has survived a number of 50-hour improvised marathons, in Canada – with show creators Die-Nasty – and in the UK. He was co-founder of the award winning improv group, The Institute, who won the London Theatresports Cup. He is also a core cast member of Monkey Toast, and guests regularly with Grand Theft Impro. As a writer, Paul was a finalist in Montreal’s Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival scriptwriting competition in 2011. His material has been broadcast on TV & radio in Canada, and he writes & performs regularly with his own troupe, the exquisitely politely entitled Ladies and Gentlemen, who have just returned from a sell-out Edinburgh run.

Classes:

Level 1 – Long-Form Improv Foundation.  We will focus on  “yes, and”; who, what & where; listening; status; being in the moment; and finding the game of the scene.  No prerequisite.

Level 2 – The Scene.   This class will concentrate on scene work.  We will delve deeper into finding the game of the scene: work on tag-outs, editing, being an object, character work, servicing the scene, and techniques for getting out of your head.  Prerequisite:  Level 1, or by audition.

Level 3 – The Harold.   The Harold is the starting point of all Long-Form structures.  Students will learn the classic Harold as developed by Del Close.  There will be a class show at the end of this course.  Prerequisite:  Level 2.

Level 4 – Advanced Long-Form.    We will spend additional time on The Harold and move on to other Long-Form structures such as The Armando, and The Slacker.  There will be a class show at the end of this course. Prerequisite:  Level 3.

Level 5 – Master Class with David Shore.  In this class students will perform the different Long-Form structures that were learned in the previous levels and will receive detailed notes from David.  We will also focus on improving any weaknesses or holes in students’ individual game.  Prerequisite: Level 4.

Upcoming Classes:

Level 1 – Weekday Evenings
Dates:  Wednesdays beginning May 21th, 8 classes over 8 weeks.
Time:  6:30pm-9:30pm
Location: West London Synagogue (School), 33 Seymour Pl., W1H 5AU.
Tube:  Marble Arch, Edgware Road, Marylebone.
Price £200
Maximum Class Size: 12
Instructor:  Paul Foxcroft

Level 1 – Weekend
Dates:  Saturdays, beginning May 24th, 8 classes over 8 weeks.
Time:  noon-3pm
Locations: The Carpenter’s Arms, 12 Seymour Place, W1H 7NA.
Tube: Marble Arch, Edgeward Road, Marylebone.
Cost:  £200
Maximum Class Size: 12
Instructor:  Paul Foxcroft

Level 2 – Weekend
Dates:  Sundays, beginning May 25th, 8 classes over 8 weeks.
Time:  3:15-6:15pm
Locations: The Carpenter’s Arms, 12 Seymour Place, W1H 7NA.
Tube: Marble Arch, Edgeward Road, Marylebone.
Cost:  £200
Maximum Class Size: 14
Instructor:  Briony Redman

Level 2 – Weekday Evening
Dates:  Mondays, beginning May 26th, 8 classes over 8 weeks.
Time:  6:30pm-9:30pm
Location: West London Synagogue (School), 33 Seymour Pl., W1H 5AU.
Tube:  Marble Arch, Edgware Road, Marylebone.
Price £200
Maximum Class Size: 14
Instructor:  Paul Foxcroft

Level 3 – Evening Classes
Dates:  Thursdays, beginning May 22nd, 8 classes over 8 weeks.
Time:  6:30pm-9:30pm
Location: West London Synagogue (School), 33 Seymour Pl., W1H 5AU.
Tube:  Marble Arch, Edgware Road, Marylebone.
Price £200
Maximum Class Size: 14
Instructor:  Simon Fazey & David Shore

Level 4 – Weekend
Dates:  Saturdays, beginning May 25th, 8 classes over 8 weeks.
Time:  3-6pm
Locations: The Carpenter’s Arms, 12 Seymour Place, W1H 7NA.
Tube: Marble Arch, Edgeward Road, Marylebone.
Cost:  £200
Maximum Class Size: 14
Instructor:  Paul Foxcroft

Level 5 – Evening Classes
Dates:  Tuesdays, beginning June 17th, 7 classes over 7 weeks.
Time:  6:30pm-9:30pm
Location: West London Synagogue (School), 33 Seymour Pl., W1H 5AU.
Tube:  Marble Arch, Edgware Road, Marylebone.
Price £175
Maximum Class Size: 14
Instructor:  David Shore

Monkey Toast reserves the right to change instructors when necessary.  Students will be notified as soon as possible if their instructor has been changed.

Booking:  To book a class, please email David at monkeytoastuk@gmail.com.

Please email us if you have any questions.

Free Placement Audition:
If you have a lot of improv experience and would like to audition to go straight into Level 2, please email us to arrange a free placement audition.

General Info Regarding Class Payment
For new students, the course fee must be paid in full before class begins. If the payment is not made in a timely manner, your spot in the class may be offered to another person on the waiting list.  Tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable.   However, if you drop out of the class before it starts and if we are able to fill your spot, you will receive a full refund (minus an admin fee).  If we can fill the spot before the second class, you will receive a prorated refund (minus an admin fee). If you spot cannot be filled before the second class or if you drop out after the second class occurs, we will be unable to refund your tuition.

Receipts will be given out in class midway through the course.

All of the above terms are subject to change without notice. Monkey Toast reserves the right to accept or deny any application.

Please note that Monkey Toast reserves the right to remove any student that contravenes the safe and respectful environment that we’ve created within our improv community. 

Monkey Toast Improv Class FAQs

I’ve missed your current round of classes.  Will you be running more classes soon?
At present, we run four rounds of classes per year; October-December, January-March, March-May, May-July.

How do I sign up for your next round of classes?
All of our classes have waiting lists. As soon as you email us indicating that you want to take either Level 1 or 2, you will be placed on the appropriate waiting list.  All spots in classes are filled either by current students moving forward in the levels or via the waiting lists.

How does the Level 1 class waiting list work?
Once the Level 1 class schedule is completed, it will be emailed to everyone on the Level 1 class waiting list.  The first 12 students (per course) who respond and pay for the class in full, will get the spots.  Please note that Monkey Toast is not responsible if our email goes to your spam folder or if for any reason, you never receive the Level 1 schedule email.

Once I am on the waiting list, how long will it take until I am placed in a class?
That all depends on your schedule. If your schedule fits with the class schedule you could get in next term. If your schedule doesn’t, you’ll just have to wait until the class schedule works for you.

I see that to start in Level 2 you need to audition. I’ve never taken an improv course before, but I have experience in a sketch troupe and/or I have done a lot of stand up. Can I audition for Level 2?
While your previous performance experience will benefit your improv career, the fact that you’ve never taken an improv class means that you’ll need to start in Level 1.

What does the Level 2 audition consist of?
The purpose of the Level 2 audition is to see if you can do improvised scenes and typically lasts 2 hours.  You will be split into groups, given a word or a location as your suggestion and be expected to improvise an entire scene based on that single suggestion.  If you’ve never done that before or are not confident you can do so, you should start in Level 1 and get a firm grounding in the foundations of Chicago Style Long-Form Improvisation.

 If I feel that I had an off day at the audition, would I be allowed to audition again?
Yes, all students who do not pass the audition are given the option of re-auditioning.  However, if you audition a second time, and we still feel that you should start in Level 1, then you’ll need to start in Level 1.

If I pass the audition but am unable to take the next round of classes, will I have to audition again?
No. Once you pass the audition you will be placed on the Level 2 class waiting list and we will keep you informed about future classes.