Long Form

Improv Classes

If you have ever watched Positively Funny Improv on stage, you have watched our talented cast play "short-form" Improv or Improv games.  There are other styles of Improv around.  We offer classes in one of these Improv disciplines known as "long form" Improv. 

Long-form Improv is generally an entire piece done off a single suggestions.  In many forms, these scenes are all connected, even if they don't seem to be at the beginning of the show.  To be put is its most basic definition, long-form can be categorized as a improvised play.

For 30 minutes there are multiple scenes which are all made up on the spot, but instead of getting suggestions before each scene, each new scene is either inspired by the initial suggestion from the audience or is inspired from an earlier scene. 

Long-form Improv will also play on many different emotions than short-form.  In both forms the general goal is to entertain the audience through laughter.  However long-form Improv will get to play on other emotions as well.  Much like a play, a long-form Improv piece can make people laugh, cry, feel rage, feel sadness, and much much more.  Since you have so much more time on the stage you have much more wiggle room to explore the other human emotions other than just laughter.

Long Form - The Harold

The Long Form - The Harold class teaches the Improvisation scene style created by the Improv great - Del Close - and made famous by the Upright Citizen's Brigade.  In the "Harold" format, Improvisers create comedic scenes that connect to create one unified performance piece.


Prerequisite: Introduction to Long Form or permission of instructor.

Introduction to Long Form

The Level 701 Long-Form Improvisation class teaches students the principles needed to perform a long-form Improvisational performance. Theory includes how to sustain a common agenda among actors; how to interweave sub-plots into a comprehensive long-term scene; how to develop sustainable characters and how to create scene imagery that increases the enjoyment for audiences.


Prerequisite: Completion of our Basic Improv Curriculum or permission of instructor.


2208 7th Avenue South Birmingham AL 35233​

Tel: 205.202-6586 / Email: info@bhamimprovtheatre.com

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