The Improv Embassy runs improv and other comedy classes in Ottawa for those wanting to learn comedy in a fun, supportive environment. With improv, walking onstage with nothing written down may seem daunting, but it’s a lot easier than it sounds — plus you’ll spend all class laughing! You’ll learn skills that will make you better at public speaking, get you out of your comfort zone and kick-start your creativity.


Intro to Improv – If you’re curious and looking to get a little taste of improv, our 4-week Intro classes are the perfect fit. In addition to meeting new people, you’ll improve your communication and interpersonal skills, develop as a public speaker, and have some silly fun with improv games galore!

The Improv Refresher – If you’re an experienced improviser looking to shake off some cobwebs or reconnect with other players, sign up for our 4-week Refresher series! Each week, a different Improv Embassy facilitator will guide you through advanced exercises, with the goal of helping you feel ready to play again.

Longform Improv *COMING SOON* – Our Longform classes (8-week courses) are geared toward students who want to get into the theory of comedy, hone performance skills, learn game of the scene and the pattern work of thematic longform improv like New York’s Upright Citizens’ Brigade or Chicago’s iO Theater. We encourage you to bring a notebook to these classes, so you can keep track of new concepts and teacher feedback! (Note: at the Embassy, we have our own terms and style of play — all students start in 101, regardless of previous improv background, to encourage groupmind)

The Preserve Improv Jam – We run a bi-weekly pay-what-you-can improv jam for improvisers of all levels! This is an informal, facilitated session that lets you work on your improv skills in a playful, non-competitive environment. In the first half of the jam, we’ll practice some of those improv skills through some fun exercises. During the second half of the jam, you’ll get the opportunity to showcase those skills through longform sets with occasional side-coaching from our facilitators.

Other Programming – We offer Specialty Classes and Guest Workshops to give you a taste of other comedy disciplines and approaches to improv. (There is also a vibrant improv community outside of the Embassy with other places to learn — join Improv in Ottawa to keep up to date on new opportunities to watch, learn and grow).


Our class policies are updated each term — we recommend you give these a read for up to date information on refunds, class eligibility, and other policies before registering.


  • While we aren’t currently offering discounts we do strive to make improv accessible to underrepresented communities and/or those with financial need. Please reach out to us at to discuss the possibility of subsidized classes.


A welcoming, positive environment to step out of your comfort zone.
Marianne K.

I took this to push myself into having to interact with strangers. I have succeeded in pushing myself out of my box and that’s all that matters. Improv is beautiful and I’m in awe of what people can come up with!

John M.
Radio Host

These classes are memory-making. Besides what you learn about spontaneity and physicality, you have a blast.

Wes S.

An excellent opportunity to be my authentic self, 2 hours to be larger than life.

Roz W,
Project Manager

This is a great choice if you are looking to be involved in a positive community which allows you to have many laughs and build on your self-confidence.

Stéfanie D.
Camp Manager

The Embassy improv classes were incredibly useful and fun. All of the instructors brought positive energy, a spirit of co-operation and support, and invaluable knowledge of the art of improv to the classes.

Dianne S.
Software Engineer