Chris Sams



BATS Coach since: 2005

Chris Sams, a former director of BATS Improv's On-The-Go corporate training programs, joined BATS Improv coaching staff in January 2005. He enjoys teaching all levels of series classes (from Foundation to Scenework to Performance) and specialty classes such as Improv for the Workplace, Performance Games, the Harold, and TheatreSports. 

Chris delights in using improvisational theater technique as a trainer-facilitator with BATS Improv's On-The-Go program to teach spontaneity, adaptability, quick thinking, creativity, leadership, storytelling, communication/listening, ensemble and team building. Chris has led workplace workshops for more than seventy companies and corporate teams, including UC Berkeley Center for Executive Education, UCSF Cancer Center, Genentech, SAP, Facebook, Salesforce, Google, Virgin America, and ZS Associates. His professional background is in non-profit management.

Chris has performed improv in a variety of groups and settings: Aussie Rules Theatresports, All-Star Theatresports, Micetro All-Stars, Sunday Player shows (2002-2004); hosted Rock & Roll Theatresports, Gorilla Theatre, and Summer Games Theatresports with BATS Main Stage Company; You Bet Your Improvisor (2005, 2006, 2007), Improv Survivor and The Short and the Long of It with Un-Scripted Theater; CATS (California TheatreSports) Tournament and Laughstock in Ventura, CA, representing BATS Improv.  He debuted and directed The Blank Show (2010) at BATS Improv, where he hosts the improvised game show on select Sundays.  Currently, he's been having fun with various Cave Match teams, including the Flux Capacitors, Fire and Ice, and the Hand Models of #YOLO County.


Q & A with Chris Sams


First BATS Show: 

A Theatresports show

Favorite Formats: 

Theatresports, The Harold, freestyle shortform (freeform), Double Feature, Bond Improvised Bond, The Blank Show

Best Moment on the BATS Stage: 

Usually the current one.  From my own past personal experience, interacting with audience members and celebrity panelists in The Blank Show.

Improv Advice: 

Ask yourself: Could the opposite also be true?

Artistic Influences: 

Amy Sedaris, Betty White, Stephen Colbert, Christopher Guest & company, Tina Fey, Mike O' Brien, Amy Poehler, Ellen DeGeneres.

Favorite Movies: 

Waiting for Guffman, Amelie, Clue, Clueless, Saved!, American Beauty, Election, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, 9 to 5, Brokeback Mountain, Billy Elliot, The Goonies, The Princess Bride, Up in the Air

Favorite Music: 

Dolly Parton, Dixie Chicks, Adele, Lady Gaga, Magnetic Fields, the Shins, and musicals from Hedwig to Jesus Christ Superstar!

Favorite Theatre:   

Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (produced by the Neo-Futurists, a theatre company in Chicago)