Longform 101: Truth in Comedy



This class is all about finding the truth in comedy and initiating scenes. You will learn to generate unique characters through status, emotion and mining real life for ideas. You’ll learn the Armando, a format that combines scenework and storytelling. (It helps to bring a notebook, as there will be more advanced concepts and instructor feedback than in our Intro class!)

Sundays, 12 to 2:30 pm, September 8 to October 27 (with Dani Alon) SOLD OUT
Mondays, 6:30 to 9 pm, September 9 to October 28 (with Krystal Merrells)

Location: 441 MacLaren St, Suite 330

Classes are eight weeks, 2.5 hours per class, one class show. $225 (+HST)
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Register before 11:59 pm on Friday, August 16 for 10% discount.

Prerequisite: Prior performing experience or Intro to Improv



Dani Alon

Dani Alon began improvising in 2009 in Toronto. She studied longform improv at the Impatient Theatre Co., where she performed weekly from 2010 to 2012, and trained at the Second City Conservatory in Toronto, iO Theater in Chicago and the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York. Dani hosts The Preserve Longform Jam every Thursday night, and co-produces The Fembassy, Ottawa’s regular comedy show for women and non-binary performers. Outside of the Embassy, she has taught and performed in Bristol, UK (Bristol Improv Theatre) and Sarasota, FL (Florida Studio Theatre) with “Mom & Dad” duo partner and Embassy co-founder Chris Hannay (the pair have also performed at Big City Improv Festival in Toronto and Mprov in Montreal). Dani is a co-founder of the Improv Embassy and also works as an animator and designer (she made our logo!).

Krystal Merrells

Krystal Merrells is an improviser, storyteller and regulated healthcare professional. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Krystal always had an interest in both the sciences and art. Krystal has been improvising since 2014 and has performed with various local improv troupes in a variety of formats (murder mystery, competitive shortform, all women longform), as well as sketch comedy. In addition to classes and workplace workshops with the Embassy, Krystal also has developed her own customized improv workshop for healthcare providers, which will be included at her discipline’s national conference.