SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV – a "unique" (Time Out New York), "wonderful" (Backstage), "hilarious" (Newark Star-Ledger) comedy jam session – continues its run of Sunday performances on the Upper West Side at the STANDUP NY LABS at 78th Street and Broadway.

The "jam," which began in 1993, mixes and matches experienced improvisers from a wide variety of successful New York City improv troupes. The fluctuating cast members are all alumni of – or current performers at – such groups/theater companies as Chicago City Limits, First Amendment, The Unusual Suspects, The PIT, and UCB Theater. Regular performers include Tom Carrozza, Chris Griggs, Ian Prior, Carl Kissin, Rosemary Hyziak, Kurt Fitzpatrick, Larry Bell, Miriam Sirota, Alex Berkowitz, and Tom Soter as "The Emcee."

The Heartless Floozies and The Chainsaw BoysThe Heartless Floozies and The Chainsaw BoysThe Sunday Night Improv shows are at the STANDUP NY LABS, 236 West 78th Street, just off Broadway, every Sunday at 7pm. Admission is $10. Price includes free attendance at Tom Soter's 5:30 P.M. improv class. Reservations: 212-353-7716. 

Fast and Funny Improv

An ongoing drop-in class, for anyone who wants a quick tour of the improv world. The class, for all levels, features performers from the cast of Sunday Night Improv. You can do scenes with veteran improv performers – and then stay and see them perform in Sunday Night Improv! Class fee includes a ticket to that night's performance of SNI.

Location: 78th Street Theater Lab
236 West 78th Street

Time: 5:30-6:30 P.M.

Fee: $10 per class; fee includes ticket to performance of Sunday Night Improv
Instructor: Tom Soter

Improv for Everyone

An ongoing drop-in class, focusing on how to create improvised scenes and stories. Students are taught the basics of good scene work in a supportive environment.  

  • Time: Monday, 7-9 P.M.
  • Location: 78th Street Theater Lab 236 West 78th Street
  • Fee: $25 per class; $225 for ten classes
  • Instructor: Tom Soter


Juliette Moore: star studentJuliette Moore: star student

Carol Schindler's Improv Intensive


Carol Schindler, a founding member of the highly acclaimed CHICAGO CITY LIMITS improv troupe and a former student of improv legends Del Close (SECOND CITY) and Paul Sills (THE COMPASS PLAYERS) teaches a four-hour improv intensive for advanced improvisers. "Carol is a wonderful teacher and her classes are educational -- and fun!" says Tom Soter, producer of SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV.

 Time: Saturday, July 14, 1-5 P.M.

Location: Soter/Lee Blackbox Theater, 236 West 78th Street

Fee: $75.

Instructor: Carol Schindler

Corporate Workshops

We offer corporate workshops. Call/e-mail for more information.
"Our design department's Improv 'theory & practice' sessions with Tom Soter were a remarkable experience for all of us. Over a two week period, the NY Design Department at kpe engaged in theatrical improvisation seminars. Having now experienced these improv sessions for myself, I realized all over again that we've got a really amazing group of individuals here - sharp, spontaneous, thoughtful, ingenious. and, did I say creative? The excercises ranged from simple speaking to collaborative storyline generation. Tom Soter, the coach, designed this program especially for us to encompass the
challenges of the studio environment - presence, articulation, presentation, cooperation, communication. I recommend the improv approach to everyone. At the very least, I think that as a department, it 're-introduced' us to the qualities that make us a great team. thanks again, Tom!" – Scott Nazarian, executive, kpe advertising

Sunday Night Improv


SUNDAY NIGHT IMPROV – a "unique" (Time Out New York), "wonderful" (Backstage), "hilarious" (Newark Star-Ledger) comedy jam session – continues its run of Sunday performances on the Upper West Side at the StandUp NY Labs at 236 West 78th Street, just off Broadway, every Sunday at 7pm. Admission is $10. Admission price includes Tom Soter's 5:30 Sunday improv class. Reservations: 212-353-7716.

Performer of the Month

Todd Cowdery

See Todd Cowdery at Sunday Night Improv on SUNDAY, FEB 15 at 7 PM

I was born in Whittier, California. When? A few hours after the contractions started. I grew up in Durham, North Carolina, however.

I wanted to be an actor sometime in elementary school and continued pursuing it through high school, college, and after college. In the midst of my acting education were various improv workshops, acting classes with improv games, and two- to three-person scenes along the way. Then in my mid-twenties I left acting, and pursued other interests. Around 1999 or 2000, I rediscovered improv and just got caught by the transfomational power of it. I've been doing a lot of improv ever since.

My role models?  Oh man, there are a several. I'm grateful to have worked with some really great improvisers over the past 10 years that have influenced me a ton.  My biggest media influences for comedy were Danny Kaye, Sid Caesar, and the Sid Caesar Comedy Hour cast, Bob and Ray, and Ernie Kovacs. I also used to listen to Firesign Theatre, the Goon Show and Beyond the Fringe.

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