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RISE Comedy - Denver Improv Comedy Bar & Theater - Improv Comedy Classes

Class Details

Class Runs: Saturday afternoons @ 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM MT
Class Dates: Sat 4/29 - Sat 5/20 (4 classes total)
Location: RISE Comedy, 1260 22nd St, Denver, CO 80205
Instructor(s): Nick Trotter
Price: $200
Special Notes:
  • 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.

Physical Comedy 101

A lot of people see improv as a fundamental verbal skill. We disagree! Your body exists whether it’s speaking or not; what we’re after is action and an energetic sense of play!

in this course we’ll explore how to to really physicalize the yes/and with:

  • big, believable reactions
  • bold character choices
  • dynamic and profound interpersonal relationships
  • release of body tension
  • the basic principles of slapstick (with a HUGE emphasis on safety!)

Don’t get stuck in “talking heads” mode, or always looking for the witty quip and those elusive big jokes! Unleash your physicality to react to what’s already onstage: YOU AND YOUR PARTNERS!

Important: ALL BODIES AND ABILITIES ARE WELCOME HERE! Like all Rise classes, this is an equal-access workshop. Every body and brain can engage in this play!


We highly recommend you are vaccinated if you come to RISE Comedy! If you are not, you assume all of the risks involved in contracting COVID-19. Our theater will adhere to all CDC, City and State guidelines as they evolve. All sales are final and no refunds are permitted.



Students will receive their class info 12-24 hours in advance via email. Please check your spam folder if you do not see this email! All class participants must be 18+ unless otherwise specified in the class/workshop description.

Nick Trotter has been playing (and playing around) in the Denver improv community since 2011, teaching at RISE and its predecessor the Voodoo since 2015. He specializes in character, physicality, and surreal, immersive, plastic worlds, especially with Circo de Nada, a local performance project where he serves as founder and director of training, and with whom he has performed at national and international festivals. He is a lecturer and associate professor in theater at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Metropolitan State University in Denver, and Community College of Denver, teaching improv at all three institutions. And he has taught various styles of theater independently. He has been performing onstage since childhood, and holds an MFA in ensemble-based physical theater (2009, Dell’Arte International) as well as a BA in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder.