Tuesday Sep 25th, 10:30am
Carl Kissin has performed more than 4,000 shows for one of the country's premier sketch and improvisational comedy groups, Chicago City Limits. He was the show's head writer and director of their National Touring Company.
He has performed his own material on the syndicated sketch comedy show Kwik Witz, as well as on Comedy Central, The Joan Rivers Show, The Jackie Mason Show, and Today (after which Katie Couric requested that Carl write special material for her speech at the White House Correspondents' Dinner).
Carl developed and directed sketches for the pilot episodes of NBC's Live on Tape and was an original staff writer and actor for the MTV show Mouth to Mouth and for The VH1 Eggman.
In other acting venues, Carl has performed in Eric Bogosian's play Talk Radio at the Public Theater, and in Oliver Stone's movie version of the play, as the character Glen.
In addition to commercials and voice-overs, his voice has been heard on National Public Radio, on As the World Turns, and on ABC’s Olympic coverage, dubbing foreign athletes.
A three-time winner of the Manhattan Monologue Slam, Carl presented an evening of his monologues in the solo show End of the Line and put his day-to-day life on stage in Carl Kissin: Reality TV—Live on Stage at the WorkShop Theater.
In a brief stint as a copywriter, he won an International Monitor Award for his commercials for Jamesway department stores. Carl is proud to have been invited to perform his Ed Koch impersonation for former Mayor Dinkins at Hizzoner's 60th birthday party and of being named the Outgoing Phone Message King in a Fox 5 News feature.
In the realm of musical theater, Carl has written and staged more than 300 song parodies for Chicago City Limits. A member of the prestigious BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theater Workshop, Carl has twice been honored in their Smoker (a greatest hits night). He wrote the book and lyrics for Depressed, Depressed!, as well as Date of a Lifetime (2011 New York Musical Theatre Festival Award for Excellence in Writing—Lyrics) and Alone World (2011 West Village Musical Theatre Festival Awards for Best Lyrics and Best Book).
nice guy but ongoing group of experienced students not supportive
Had such a wonderful time in this class... the instructor is fantastic and the students were all fun and patient with me and so very welcoming, since it was my first time doing improv. Carl even met with me 30 minutes before class to introduce me to the format and some terminology so that I could jump right in and feel comfortable participating immediately. I definitely plan to take more classes from this instructor. Absolutely loved it!
Carl was absolutely wonderful! His class was everything we had hoped for and more. I would definitely recommend Carl's improv class- especially to other companies & organizations.
Awesome class, felt like playing fun games. Teacher was very professional and supportive. Highly recommended.
Highly recommended! I had the pleasure of taking Carl's class yesterday with a fantastic group of people. I was a little nervous about improv, as many actors are, but I was made to feel so welcome and at ease as a newbie to the game! I was instantly comfortable and ready to 'play' and felt that I began to conquer my inhibitions as the class progressed. I really learned a lot and left the class feeling super confident in myself as both an actor and a human, on a communicative level. Carl is a super teacher who really knows what he's talking about. He gave very constructive notes and also seemed like a genuinely good guy. So refreshing - Thanks Carl!
The instructor, Carl, provided a structured, methodical, approach to developing improv skills. His patient and humorous style made the time fly by. Overall, the course was a mind expanding,life enhancing experience. If I lived closer to the city, I would take more courses fraught by Carl.
Was very impressed with Carl. Though he was talented, he did make himself the focus of the class. Rather, he made opportunities for all participants to shine. Loved the progression of activities that built in one another to help us understand the process and build our confidence. As total beginners, he made us comfortable from the outset, which I really appreciated. Thank you for a great class, Carl.
What is amazing about this course is that, even on the first class, within a group it is taught to YOU!
Got out of my comfort zone and had a great time! Carl was great. Highly recommend the class.
Carl Kissin is one of the most supportive improv teachers around. Carl was my first improv teacher, and gave me the fundamentals I needed to make it through the curriculum at UCB, and then go on to teach a class there. Carl's classes are fun!