Shortform: (usually on Fridays)
fun and fast-paced improvised theatre, filled with scenes, songs, games, and lots of audience participation and suggestions.

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Longform: (usually on Saturdays)
full-length, narrative, genre-driven, completely improvised stories based on audience suggestions.

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Foundation SpecialtyFoundation Specialty

Prerequisite: Varies by class
Schedule and class length: Varies by class
Class size: 16 students maximum
Tuition: Varies by class

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Foundation Specialty classes give you more opportunities to play and have fun while deepening your improv knowledge in a specific area. Classes range from one to four weeks and explore a particular improv skill, such as status, character, games, singing, genre, narrative, or spontaneity.

These classes are a great place for Foundation-level students to explore a distinct element of improv in more depth, working with coaches who are skilled in that particular area.


The Secret Relationship Between Stand Up Comedy and Improv

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

January 29 - March 4, 2020
Bayfront Theater, San Francisco

Class schedule: 6 sessions (6 classes + 1 performance)
Class dates and time: 7-10 pm Wednesdays, January 29, February 5, 12, 19, 26, and March 4
Performance: Sunday 6pm , March 15
Class size: 8 students maximum
Class length: 3 hours each, 18 hours total
Prerequisite: None!

Have people always told you that you should be a comedian? Or have you secretly wanted to become one? Well this class is for you! Students will be introduced to the open mic scene, impromptu public speaking, and it will be supported by the Bay Areas premiere Stand-up comedy troupe "#HellaFunny".

In this workshop, we will break the barrier between improvisers & stand up comics, and we will focus on finding the funny in your life. From story telling to crowd work (or riffing), we will lay the foundation for students to have a better understanding of the art of making people laugh. Remember, there are multitudes of unique styles & perspectives, it is all up to each individual's process of discovery (everyone will write differently). We are all humans- if I can do it, so can you!

Note: Very few people start off hilarious, so even if you don't think you're funny, many of the professionals weren't even the class clown!

Guest Coach

Larry Dorsey Jr.

“I love the playful, can’t fail, theatrical nature of BATS’s philosophy.”

– BATS Student

Class Locations


BATS Improv
Center for Improvised Theatre

Bayfront Theater
B350 Fort Mason Center
San Francisco


Studio 210
3435 Cesar Chavez Street
San Francisco


Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto


See School FAQs for registration details, plus info on parking, nearby food, safety, etc.