The Comedy Shrine hosts a wide range of comedy workshops, bringing the best comedy instructors from around the country right here to Aurora! In the past we’ve brought in Susan Messing, Rick Overton, Diane Burrows, and Joe Keefe, just to name a few. We’ve covered everything from the basics of improv, musical improv, standup comedy, hosting comedy shows, to improv for TV and so much more! The Comedy Shrine’s Comedy Workshops are a great way to further your comedy in only one night. Contact Us to sign up for these exciting learning opportunities.


Organic Improv with Dave Pasquesi

Former Second City actor, co-star of IO Theater’s TJ & Dave, and featured actor on Veep will be holding an Improv Workshop at The Comedy Shrine on Monday, September 19th from 7pm til 9:30pm. Admission will be $45. Space is limited for this class. The workshop will focus on organic improvisation using two person scenes! This is a don’t miss opportunity! Call 630-585-0300 for more info!

When: September 19th from 7-9:30 p.m.
Cost: Only $45!
Call the boxoffice at 630-585-0300 space is limited!


Past Workshops

Advanced Musical Improv with Laura and Rick Hall

Improv legends Rick and Laura Hall come to the Comedy Shrine for three hour intensive in advanced Musical Improv.   You will recognize Rick Hall from stage and screen and everyone knows Laura Hall as the long time musical director for the hit tv show Whose Line Is It Anyway?.

This workshop includes a stage performance with Rick and Laura that evening at 7pm.  This show will be open to the public at $10 per person with a two drink minimum so invite your friends and family.

When: July 31st from 2-5 p.m.

Masters of Imporv Workshop Series:  Matt Elwell
Sceening up your short form games.

Matt Elwell, CPLP, is the President and CEO of ComedySportz of Chicago, Inc., and has been teaching improvisation to actors, improvisers, business people, educators, and students for over 10 years. As a performer, Matt has appeared with ComedySportz, Second City Theatricals, GayCo, WNEP, iO and Dave & Co, and has taught as an Associate Faculty Member of the Second City Training Center in Chicago. As an instructional designer, Matt has created learning experiences used by AT&T, McDonalds, Atellas Pharma U.S., SRR, the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Navy. Matt is a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance through the American Society for Training and Development.

This workshop will focus on bringing scene work to short form improv games.

When: September 24th from 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Cost: Only $50!


Advanced Improvisation For Performance With Susan Messing

Susan Messing, a 25 year Chicago improv legend. She is an alumna of the Second City’s Main stage, Second City’s touring company, iO Theater, and is a founding member of Chicago’s Annoyance Theater. Susan created and has taught and some of the finest improv theaters around including The Second City, iO and iO West, The Annoyance Theater, and around the world.

Advanced Musical Improv with Laura and Rick Hall

Ensemble Improvisation For Performance With Jeff Michalski 

Jeff Michalski regularly teaches workshop in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles. Jeff has worked as a director, producer, and teacher with some of the biggest names in comedy including Steven Colbert, Dan Castellaneta, Ryan Stiles, Amy Sedaris, Mike Meyers and more! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to enhance your improvisational comedy skills by learning from one of the best.

When: Tuesday Oct 7th from 7 – 10 p.m.

How to Develop and Create Characters For the Stage, TV, and Film With Jane Morris

Jane was a regular in the Drew Carrey Show and has appeared in more movies than we can list here. She regularly teaches improv and acting workshops all around the country. She is known for her ability to create great characters, so learn how you can improve your characters from one of the best!

When: Wed Oct 1st from 7 – 10 p.m.

Advanced Improv with Dave Razowsky

Dave Razwosky has performed with Second City, appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman,
and cohosts of “ADD Comedy Podcast with Dave Razowsky and Ian Foley.” Dave teaches improv all over the world and is bringing his workshops which showcases his own unique take on improv to Aurora for two nights only!

When: Tuesday Sept. 9th – Wednesday Sept. 10th from 7 -10 p.m.