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Class Dates: Sat 11/4 - Sun 11/5 (2 classes total)
Class Times: Please see "Special Notes" section below for details!
Location: RISE Comedy, 1260 22nd St, Denver, CO 80205
Instructor(s): Nick Armstrong
Price: $150/person
Special Notes:
  • November 4th and 5th 11am-4:30pm
  • Students will receive an email with class details and links 12-24 hours before the class. If you do not see this email, please check your spam folder as well!
  • Minimum class size is 8 students.

This event is SOLD OUT! If you would like to join the waitlist, please fill out your info below and we will contact you if space becomes available. Thank you!


The Class: Nick Armstrong will teach you a master philosophy of play known as the J.T.S. Brown, rarely done, this “form” if done right, is one of the most magical, group mind forward shows there is in improv. Nick is one of the only trained instructors of the J.T.S. Brown as he learned it for 3 years under Craig Cackowski, one of the original members. We will have six hours to develop group mind and come up with a show that is both funny and profound.

Schedule: November 4th and 5th 11am-4:30pm

Show: There will also be a show on Sunday, November 5th at 6p

Requirements: Level 301 and up


The J.T.S. Brown is a unique form of improv.
Challenging but rewarding, complex yet freeing, JTS Brown is renowned as one of the most unique improv forms ever created. Highly theatrical in its form, it originated in the late ‘90s in Chicago by a large ensemble formed by Jason Sudeikis, Ike Barinholtz, Craig Cackowski. Craig directed a version of it in LA called NiteTerrors with ensemble members Nick Armstrong, Jessica Young and many more. JTS Brown demands complete concentration and absolute support from its players. A large ensemble creates an interesting packaging for strong scene work by following dream logic and utilizing physical transformations.

ABOUT J.T.S. BROWNJ.T.S. Brown was not a form so much as a philosophy of play. It was designed for a large cast (10-14 people), to involve as many players as possible at a time, to have a higher level of theatricality and polish than a typical improv show, and to encourage any move to be made at any time, with the idea that anything that happened was the perfect thing to happen. There is no set structure.

Nick Armstrong is an Actor, Improvisor, Director and Writer. On TV, Nick has been on the Emmy-Award winning shows The Office and Grey’s Anatomy. He has also made appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live, New Girl, Stan Against Evil, Young Sheldon, Brooklyn Nine Nine and Parks and Recreation.

While in Los Angeles, Nick trained at the World-famous Groundlings Theater where he was a member of the prestigious Sunday Company who’s alumni include Will Ferrell, Heidi Gardner, Phil Hartman and many more. There he would study and teach improv and sketch comedy. He also studied at iO where he learned and taught Long Form Improvisation and performed on the critically acclaimed teams King Ten, COG and Kind Strangers. He was also former Artistic Director of M.I’s Westside Comedy Theater. where he taught and performed as well. Nick has taught workshops all over the world and has performed and headlined in over 60 festivals throughout the world.

Currently, Nick is the Co-Owner and Artistic Director of RISE Comedy in Denver, Colorado and Founder and Executive Director of Improv Utopia a Non-profit improv camp for adults held annually that gives back to the improv community and other arts related charities.