Actions Speak Louder than Words
Click here for the public timeline to hold DCH accountable for showing the work on improving diversity, equity and inclusion at Dallas Comedy House. If you have thoughts or feedback that you would like to share, you can send them confidentially to email@example.com
Voter registration will be happening on the patio at 6pm on Saturday. If you're not registered to vote, now is a great time to do so. June 15th is the last day to register for the run-off elections for the Texas primaries.
The patio at DCH will be re-opening this weekend starting Friday at 4pm. All entrees ordered on the patio will be buy one, get one half-off. There will be some great happy hour deals including $5 frose. DCH is still deeply concerned about sanitation and safety, so we do ask that you wear a mask and sit with the people that you have been socially distancing with.
We are happy to see so many members of the community protesting. If you need a safe space to get water or use the restroom, DCH will be here for you.
Tonight (Thursday, 6/11) at 8pm, there is a Student Stand-Up Showcase over Zoom. There are students from three classes coming together to show you what they've learned. Just click on the link tonight to support the showcase.
Note: there will no longer be a Dinner & a Show on Friday nights.
In lieu of What's Up Wednesday this week, we are linking to this post on the Dallas Comedy House website. https://www.dallascomedyhouse.com/blog/black-lives-matter-dallas-texas-dallas-comedy-house
DCH Patio Re-Opening
The patio at Dallas Comedy House is opening this Saturday! We're taking precautions to make sure that everything is as safe and clean as possible. If you're not ready to join us outside, we have online shows and classes for you to enjoy at home! A brand new round of online classes will be posted next week.
Re-Opening the Patio
Yes, we've been planning. And, we're almost ready to reopen!
Dallas Comedy House has been in our own version of Phase 1 where we've been working through plans and precautions for cleaning, serving, seating, and thorough sanitation to make reopening as safe as possible for patrons and staff.
On Saturday, May 30th we will be entering our own Phase 2 and opening our patio to the public at limited capacity. Food and beverages will be available for patrons to enjoy on our patio or take-out. Please note that our Phase 2 opening is outside only.
If you'd like to continue to support Dallas Comedy House, but you're not quite ready to come visit us on the patio, we've got options for you! We will continue to have our virtual Dinner and a Show every Friday night at 8PM and will also continue to offer a variety of online classes that you can register for.
Stay tuned for the full list of guidelines that we've created to ensure the safety of all patrons and staff. Thank you in advance for supporting our small business!
Q&A with Rich Talarico this Saturday!
Free Q & A with Rich Talarico (Key & Peele, SNL)Join us for a live Q&A with Rich Talarico! Rich will be teaching on an online (SOLD OUT) Intro to TV Writing Course thru Dallas Comedy House that begins May 30, 2020. This free Q&A session is a great way to learn more about Rich's writing background and ask some questions about the upcoming course (and future courses)!
This Q&A will happen on Saturday, May 23rd at 11am CST. Register here.
Grab Your Spot in an Online Class
Rich Talarico's class is sold-out, but there are spots in some other great classes! Intro to Sketch! Stand-Up! Characters! Auditioning! Improv! Satire! Oh my! Register here.
Some of the recent online classes are putting on online showcases! This includes a Level 1 improv class that has never met in person. Show them support! Check out Dallas Comedy House Facebook events listing for more info about online showcases and shows.
Free Q & A with Rich Talarico (Key & Peele, SNL)
Join us for a live Q&A with Rich Talarico! Rich will be teaching on an online Intro to TV Writing Course thru Dallas Comedy House that begins May 30, 2020. This free Q&A session is a great way to learn more about Rich's writing background and ask some questions about the upcoming course.
This Q&A will happen on Saturday, May 23rd at 11am CST. Register here.
About Rich:Rich Talarico is a Peabody Award winning and four-time Emmy nominated writer and producer best known for his work on Comedy Central’s Key & Peele. Rich has also written/produced Review for Comedy Central, FOX’s MADtv, NBC’s Saturday Night Live as well as, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Rich produced and wrote Frank TV for TBS and was a writer/performer on The Sketch Pad for HBO. Rich served as improv coach on the first Anchorman film and did script punch-ups on Mean Girls and the Oscar-winning Get Out. Rich's most recent feature film script, The Widow Daredevil, was named an official selection of the 2020 Beverly Hills Film Festival.
New Online Classes Starting
Along with the Writing for Television class with Rich Talarico, there are some other fantastic classes starting soon! Everything from Satire Writing to an one-time improv drop-in, get your comedy fix here! Registration is now open.
Every Friday at 8pm, enjoy some laughs right from your couch or wherever you are! Dinner and a Show is FREE, but there is an option to purchase a digital ticket if you'd like to support DCH that way.
Community Tee Project ends May 17th
$10 from EVERY t-shirt purchase from the Community Tee Project goes directly back to DCH. This fundraising campaign ends on May 17th! This campaign is live in cities across America. A store in another city raised $100k in fundraising, all going back to the business.
Special Events This Week!
Friday, March 13th
It's a DCH tradition! Every Friday the 13th, the DCH robot randomly mixes up the casts of all troupes scheduled to perform that night. For one night only, come see your favorite troupes as you've never seen them before!
And, to make Friday even freakier, we'll be serving select brunch items all night long! Treat yourself to breakfast for dinner. You deserve it. We'll have Fried Chicken & Pancakes, Sausage, Biscuits & Gravy, and one of my personal faves: the Breakfast Burger! NOM NOM!
"Funny Girls" Drag Comedy Brunch!
Saturday, March 14th at 1:00p
Join us this Saturday for the FIRST EVER Drag Comedy Brunch at Dallas Comedy House! Come out for laughs, lewks, and of course, delicious DCH brunch!
Sunday, March 15th &
Monday, March 16th
We have a STACKED Showcase Sunday this week! You won't want to miss it! We've got it all: Storytelling, Stand-Up, Musical Improv (!!!), and a Level 6 graduation! Come show your support! If you are performing in a showcase this Sunday, invite the world! Showcase days are so special, especially when the audience is full of supportive friends and family members.
We also have two awesome showcases scheduled Monday, March 16th! Stand-Up and Improv! Don't miss it!
We have a lot of exciting workshops booked this year during the festival, and spots are selling FAST! Take advantage of early bird registration if you register before March 18th @ 11:59p.
Short Form-ish with Landon Kirksey
Thursday 3/26 (6:00-8:00p)
Explore how short form games can enhance our long form play. Whether you've done short form, long form, or no form at all, everyone will be able to jump in and start having more fun in scenes faster by using games to access our emotions and better discover point-of-view. Together we will ultimately CONQUER IMPROV FOREVER...ish. Click here to register.
Introduction to Hip-Hop Improv with Baby Wants Candy
Saturday 3/28 (10:00a-12:00p)
In this two hour workshop, Baby Wants Candy (#2020DCF Improv Headliner) draws on the foundations in their hit spin off hip hop improv show Shamilton to teach you fundamentals of free-style improv rapping. They will help you become very comfortable using rap in your improv to create successful set-up-payoff rhymes on the fly, find the hook, and to help move songs and plot forward. Click here to register.
Your Best Scene with David Christopher
Saturday 3/28 (1:00-3:00p)
No matter who you are, no matter what level of experience you have, we all have a better scene right in front of us. In Your Best Scene, learn the secrets to unlock the scene you never saw coming, free from thought or premise, and relying only on the gifts from living in the moment. If you're stuck in a rut, looking for something new to add to your tool belt, or new to the world of improv, don't waste time doing the expected, get to your best scene now! Click here to register.
Did you watch Mug Reveal Monday and think to yourself, "I want a muuggg!"? Well, by golly, you can do just that! Ordering a DCH mug is a great way to contribute to the theater while honoring a friend or troupe, or hey -- honor yourself!
Order link: dallascomedyhouse.com/pay-it-forward/mugs
Who will be featured on the next episode of Mug Reveal Monday?
Reminder: Training Center Closures for DCF
DCF is a few weeks away! Friendly reminder that the DCH Training Center will be closed for classes Monday, March 23rd-Sunday, March 29th. Classes will resume Monday, March 30th.
Room rentals will be available on Sunday the 29th, but no classes will meet this day.
Upcoming Audition Opportunities!
The next round of Ewing auditions takes place this Saturday, March 7th at noon. Auditions are open to performers, alumni, and students currently registered in Improv Level 4 or higher. Anyone coming to the audition must print and fill out the Ewing application, which can be found here. See you Saturday!
Calamity Storytelling is a storytelling show produced once a term and performed on Dallas Comedy House’s Main Stage in front of a live audience. Each performer will share a hilarious and entertaining story, which will be recorded for the Calamity Storytelling Podcast. No previous storytelling experience required in order to audition. Follow this link for more info.
The next round of storytelling auditions will be Sunday, April 5th at noon.
DCH Photo Night!
Join us this Monday, March 9th from 7:00-10:00p for DCH Photo Night! Want to be a model in some staged marketing photos? Want to get a new head shot? Come out to Photo Night! DCH Photo Interns, Paco James and Heather Lowe, will be taking some photos of fun being had on the patio!
Show up to sign up for a free 5-minute head shot session! ALL FOOD AND DRINKS WILL BE HALF OFF ALL NIGHT LONG! The bar and kitchen will open at 5:00p. Gather up your friends for a night of looking good and having fun! Click here to view the official FB event.
StuPer Jam This Sunday!
It's time once again for the Sunday StuPer Jam! This month's jam will be this Sunday, March 8th at 4:00p. For those of you who have showcases the following Sunday, this is a great way to practice improv and get stage time before your big show. Even if you don't have showcases the following Sunday, you should come! It's a great way to get practice in a fun, supportive, environment!
StuPer jams are part jam, part learning party, and they are only open to DCH Students, Performers, and Alumni. Teachers and TAs will be there to play alongside you, provide feedback, and answer questions.
TWO Upcoming Speed Dating Events!
Are you single and ready to mingle? DCH and Dallasites 101 are hosting TWO speed dating events next week! We partnered with Dallasites do this last month, and it was a ton of fun. Ticket links are listed in the Facebook events (links below).
Speed Dating: Opposite Sex Attraction
Tuesday, March 10th (7:00-8:30p)
Link to Facebook event
Speed Dating: Same Sex Attraction
Wednesday, March 11th (7:00-8:30p)
Link to Facebook event
March Room Rentals!
Want to rent a practice room this month at DCH? Room rental requests can now be made any time via email. If you are interested in booking a room, whether it's a one-off rehearsal or a recurring rental, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Room rentals fees are $60 per month. When reserving a monthly rental, you'll have the same time slot for two hours once per week. If you just need to rent the room for a one-off rehearsal, you can do so for $10 per hour. For more info about rentals, visit dchbackstage.com/rehearsal-space.
Note: The DCH Training Center will be closed for rentals Monday 3/23-Saturday 3/28.
The poster is not lying. These people are going to do a crazy show this Saturday after not sleeping for like, a bajillion hours! What started as a kooky idea turned into a yearly tradition. Come out this Saturday at 10:00p to see it all go down!
So many new festival things since last week's What's Up Wednesday! We're just three weeks away from the fun. Hot dang!
Individual tickets are now available!
Badges are only available through March 8th!
Workshops are filling up!
Stay up to date on all things DCF!
The Last Wednesday Tuition Sale is TODAY!
Save 10% on all classes if you register online today before 11:59p. Registration is open for classes beginning in March and April. March classes actually start next week! Wow!
Follow this link to view our full class roster.
Take a Class for FREE! Be a DCH Night Intern!
By working in the theater as a night intern, you can earn free class credit! Interning is a great way to make friends and learn a lot about the theater. We are currently looking to hire five more interns for the upcoming March/April term.
Click here to fill out the application. If you have any questions about interning, email email@example.com.
Mark your calendars for the next round of Ewing auditions on Saturday, March 7th at noon. Auditions are open to performers, alumni, and students who are currently enrolled in Improv Level 4 or higher.
Follow this link to read more and download the audition application.
The next Ewing teams will be coached by Paco Giurfa and Patrick Hennessey. What a treat!
Patrick has been performing Improv and Sketch at DCH since 2016. He is a graduate of the DCH Training Center, a coach, a TA, and a former co-host of the Tuesday Night Jam. He is also a former enthusiastic but self-critical Level 3 student who went to Ewing tryouts with hardly any confidence that he would make the cut. If it was 2016 again, you could see him perform with Ewing Team Plum... now you can see him perform with Big Turtle, Coiffelganger, Intruder, and Primary Colours!
Paco Giurfa moved from Lima, Peru to Dallas in 2015 and fell in love with Improv at Dallas Comedy House. When he is not on stage, he is a UX engineer, which is totally cool and a real job. Also find him "singing" different versions of Toxic by Britney Spears at karaoke bars, cooking Peruvian food for his husband, or picking up dog/cat poop.
The 11th Annual Dallas Comedy Festival will be here in less than a month, and we can't wait!
JUST ANNOUNCED: DCF 2020 Headliners!
BABY WANTS CANDY
One of the most popular and critically acclaimed international comedy ensembles, with casts in Chicago, LA and New York, and an international touring company, Baby Wants Candy has helped launch the careers of various top comedic actors and writers in the US, from Craig Cackowski (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Arrested Development) to Jack McBrayer (Kenneth in 30 Rock), Vanessa Bayer and Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live), Thomas Middleditch (HBO’s Silicon Valley) and Peter Gwinn (Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report).
After years of fully sell-out runs and critical acclaim all over the world, including Scotland, Australia, and the Kennedy Center in DC, this comedy institution smash-hit wonder has become one of the most celebrated improv shows in the world and comes to Dallas this March with brand new, ad-libbed, exhilarating 55-minute musicals, all taken from audience suggestions.
Baby Want Candy creates the opening and closing night of a one night only smash-hit musical – every single night. Witness the plot of Kanye West Side Story be pulled out of thin air. Behold the beauty of theatre as Mary Poppins Has Ebola comes to life. Each show is a roller-coaster ride of spontaneously choreographed numbers. Unscripted, unguided, unpredictable... and often uncontrollable.
If you have yet to see for yourself what all this fuss is about, be sure to catch one (or two) of their completely original musicals in Dallas!
www.babywantscandy.com / TWITTER @Babywantscandy
Dulcé Sloan is one of the sharpest, fastest rising voices in comedy. Bust Magazine calls her “comedy gold” while Indiewire describes her as “a fresh and unique voice in the world of stand-up comedy.” She was included in Variety Magazine’s prestigious Top 10 Comedians To Watch list, and Time Out LA and The Steve Harvey Show both also named her as a Comedian To Watch. Rolling Stone recently hailed her as one of the10 Comedians You Need To Know declaring “she speaks and they simply fall in line behind her.” Additionally, she was honored as the 2016 NBC Stand Up Showcase Winner and as a New Face at The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival.
Dulcé has been a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah since 2017. Her segments, including “New York Fashion Week: Where Cultural Appropriation Never Goes Out of Style” and “Dumb Solutions to Policing Problems” have garnered millions of views. On Friday, October 25th, 2019 at 11:00 PM ET/PT, Dulcé’s half hour Comedy Central Presents stand-up special will premiere on Comedy Central. She was also just added to the cast of the upcoming animated FOX series The Great North, joining an ensemble of comedy heavyweights including Jenny Slate, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, and Paul Rust. The series, from the creators of FOX’s hit animated show Bob’s Burgers, will premiere in 2020.
Together Christie Wallace and Heather McKinney bring you the creeps, crimes, and cults that keep you up at night, breaking down the cases and legal theories to understand why these things happen and what happens next. They have a lot of fun along the way, too! After launching in May 2018, Sinisterhood hit 5 million downloads just nineteen months later. They have been featured in Marie Claire, Vulture and AV Club. In November 2018, Sinisterhood hit the Apple Podcasts Top 10 Podcasts chart, appeared as a Spotify Featured Podcast, and regularly appears on the Apple Podcasts Top 200 Comedy Chart.
Festival badges available now. Individual show tickets go on sale March 3rd. For more information, including a full list of performers, visit dallascomedyfestival.com.
Intern Applications Due TONIGHT!
Want to contribute to the theater while earning class tuition? Be a DCH intern! There are multiple positions available, and we encourage you to apply for all that interest you.
The upcoming term will run through March and April, which means you'll be interning during this year's festival! VERY COOL! To learn more and apply, visit dchbackstage.com/internships.
Apps due tonight by 11:59p. DON'T MISS OUT!
DCF Volunteer Applications Due TONIGHT!
We are weeks away from the 11th Annual Dallas Comedy Festival! We are especially excited because this is our first festival at 3036. Those of you who have attended or volunteered to work previous festivals know this is a wild week, and we need some helping hands behind the scenes.
Volunteers will receive a free festival t-shirt, a swag bag, and free admission to any show that isn't sold out! Follow this link to apply.
Apps due tonight by 11:59p.
Project Volunteers Needed!
Are you a handyman or a handywoman? We need a few handy people to help out with some projects in the theater!
If you are someone who has extra time during the week -- especially Mondays and Fridays during the day -- we could use your help!
Please email Grant Redmond (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested or available.
Here's a lil teaser: What the heck is in all of these boxes?! (Hint: It's not more Grants.)
DCH Kids Camp!
Do you or any of your friends have hilarious kiddos, grandkiddos, nieces, or nephews? Sign them up for DCH Kids Camp! We host two sessions each summer, and we have spots available for kiddos K-8th. Each session wraps up with the cutest improv showcase you've ever seen in your life!
We currently have spots available in all age groups, but they are going fast! To learn more and register, visit dallascomedyhouse.com/kids.
Level 1 Hit Up the Jam!
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came out last night for Level 1 Hits Up the Jam! We had an incredible turnout and made a ton of jokes and great memories.
FYI: Next week's jam will be on Monday, February 24th @ 8:00p. See you there!
Term 2 Intern Applications are LIVE!
Interested in contributing to the theater in exchange for class tuition? Consider being a DCH intern! We are now accepting applications for Term 2 interns (March/April 2020). This is a great way to make new friends, learn a lot about the theater, and further get involved in the community. And it's tons of fun!
We have multiple intern positions available, and we encourage you to apply for all positions that interest you! Follow this link to learn more and apply. Applications are due by Wednesday, February 19th at 11:59p.
You know what else is due by Wednesday, February 19th? DCF Volunteer applications!
The festival will be here in SIX WEEKS (!!!) and we'll need some help behind the scenes. This is a VERY exciting time to volunteer at the theater! Click here to apply. Applications are due by Wednesday, February 19th at 11:59p.
Level 1 Hits Up the Jam!
It's time for Level 1 Hits Up the Jam! This is a termly tradition where we encourage ALL Level 1 students to come out and experience the jam!
Is this only for Level 1 students? Heck no! All are welcome! We encourage everyone -- performers, teachers, alumni, students of any class/level -- to come out for a night of friendship and fun! We'll mingle, share some beers, and get really silly. Everyone will have the best time and be supported so dang hard!
Come out next Tuesday, February 18th at 8:00p to get in on the fun! Click here to view the official FB event so you can RSVP and share a jam memory!
Galentine's Day Shows!
Celebrate Galentine's Day (tomorrow!) with us at DCH! We booked a lineup of ladies-only troupes! The 8:00p show features a Lady Lotto, Boyoiyoing, and One Man Show, and the 9:00p includes Best for Last and Local Honey.
DCH is Hiring!
Dallas Comedy House is hiring a full-time Events Coordinator who will be responsible for fielding and maintaining incoming event inquiries, selling events to new clients, and curating one DCH-produced special event per month.
Would you or someone you know be a great fit for this position? Learn more and apply by visiting dallascomedyhouse.com/jobs.
All qualified candidates should email their cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Applications due by February 21, 2020 at 5:00p.
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