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Workshop Date: Saturday, August 5, 2023 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM MT
Location: RISE Comedy, 1260 22nd St, Denver, CO 80205
Instructor(s): Paul Vaillancourt
Price: $75/person
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.

The Slacker with Paul Vaillancourt


The Slacker is an improv form pioneered and performed by the legendary improv group BeerSharkMice. It’s fast, it’s fun and it’s the subject of this workshop.

In this class veteran teacher and improviser, Paul Vaillancourt will take you inside this form that he has been performing for nearly 20 years with BeerSharkMice and teach you the tricks and traps that make this form the fast fast-paced rollercoaster ride that keeps players on their toes and audiences on the edge of their seats.

This class is for you if:

– You love playing fast and attacking the stage

– You want to break away from telling linear stories

– You like playing many different characters within a single show or want to challenge yourself in that direction

– You love building and exploring new worlds

– You usually play slower and want to experiment with different tempos

– You want to learn a form that has enough structure to keep you on track but is also wide open and allows you to run

– You want to have a ball on stage

Paul Vaillancourt Headshot Paul Vaillancourt is the co-founder (with Charna Halpern) of the iO West and has been teaching and performing improv for close to 30 years. In that time he has appeared all over the country including such notable venues as HBO’s Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Chicago’s iO (where he studied with the immortal Del Close), New York’s UCB Theater, and Austin’s Out of Bounds Festival to name a few. Paul is also a successful writer and producer, co-creating and serving as supervising writer for the MTV hit “The Blame Game” as well as lending his writing and producing talents to a score of other shows for MTV, VH1, USA, Oxygen, Bravo, AMC and MGM. He published a book about improv called “The Triangle of the Scene” (available on iBooks and Amazon Kindle) and produces a weekly series of videos called “Improv Tips” available on his YouTube channel PVImprov.