The Jester’Z Training center is super excited to open registration for 6 different, totally fun filled air conditioned weeks of SUMMER CAMP!
Beat the heat this summer and send your kids and teens ages 8-17 to Jester’Z. We will be offering 4 sessions of 1 week Improv Comedy Camp and 2 sessions of 1 week Musical Improv Camp in June and July. We realize that in the past we were unable to accommodate campers who’s parents work full time, so we are now offering extended care as well. Discounts are available for multiple weeks as well as for registering multiple campers from the same household.
Camp is Monday-Friday 9am-4pm with AM Extended Care from 7:30am-9am and PM Extended Care from 4:00pm-5:30pm.
Any runners out there?
JesterZ is proud to announce we are the Official Presenting Sponsor of the #Run3rd 5K!!
Sean Astin‘s movement to encourage you to run for a cause is coming to Mesa on April 11, 2015!
Check out the details, get registered! Most importantly run for a cause you believe in, a family member, a friend in need, or someone who’s dealing with difficulty… either way – run for THEM. The JesterZ will be there running too!
Go to our facebook page and let us know if you are running with us!! (or you can walk with some of us too!!)
Who doesn’t like free? I mean personally it always catches my attention and if you are reading this then it surely has caught yours too. Our new Drop-In style improv classes are such a hit, and we are now offering 2 ways to get classes FOR FREE:
- FIRST CLASS IS FREE….so just show up!
- REFER SOMEONE TO TAKE CLASSES…
- If you are a student with a class pack purchased and you refer someone who buys a class pack we will add a FREE class to your class pack!
Like I said….who doesn’t love FREE~
Join us for a ONCE IN A LIFETIME experience!!! One show only!
Pie and comedy have long been companions – so we are going to have FUN with PI (& Pie). We will have Pie for everyone in attendance to take a bite SIMULTANEOUSLY at 9:26:53pm! Thanks to PieFection in Mesa for sponsoring this event!!!
Mallory… Mallory… Mallory!!
If you want to get excited for the crazy cat lady to hop on stage and do improv – NOW’S YOUR CHANCE!!!
Get ESCITED* for the most anticipated Studio C cast member to grace the JesterZ stage! Our last Studio C guest before they begin filming for Season 6 !!
Click the time to get your tickets for March 7th, 2015
Unlike her scripted work, this show is unplanned and off-the-cuff! YOU, the audience will contribute ideas and suggestions for each and every scene that Mallory and the JesterZ Improv Cast will use for 90 min’s of non-stop, side-splitting comedy!! All-Ages are welcome!
PLUS: Mallory wants to meet her fans!! Photo’s and autographs available following each show!
GET YOUR TICKETS TODAY! This show will sell out!!
(Sorry – NO discounts, gift certificate or birthday admissions)
Click the time to get your tickets for March 7th
*yes we spelled excited with an S… on purpose. SAY IT! “Escited!!”
They said it couldn’t be done. A family-friendly comedy club? In a sluggish Arizona economy? Give it a year at the most, skeptics predicted.
That was back in 2001, in Scottsdale’s Papago Plaza. But creators/owners Jef & Shurlin Rawls have defied the odds in an impressive, grandiose way.
Not only did their clean comedy concept take hold instantly but it has thrived so much that now, 13 years later, it has outgrown its original venue.
Enter Jester’Z Improv’s new, creative comedy theater in Mesa Riverview, 1061 N. Dobson Rd. #114, Mesa, AZ 85201.
For over 13 years, Jester’Z Improv has performed live, family-friendly comedy shows weekly. Moving to the entertainment district of Mesa Riverview, is giving Jester’Z Improv a major upgrade, according to creative designer/owner Shurlin Rawls.
“With a lobby twice the size as our previous venue, it brings 10 times the visual “wow-factor,” Rawls explained. “Our new all-ages, family friendly comedy theater has twice the space, twice the seating and 10 times the professional elegance.”
Jester’Z Improv will continue its tradition of providing their always popular CLEAN COMEDY show at the new Mesa Riverview location, as well as adding sketch and stand up to their performances and class schedule.
“Every patron can sit back and enjoy, knowing that we won’t cross the line of raunchy or crude humor. No swearing or colorful content. We take great pride that our troupe is so talented and professional that they have the skills to be hilarious without being offensive. Our integrity of clean hilarity is our trademark.”
See our Article on AZCENTRAL.com
September 20, 2014 – September 20, 2014
1061 N. Dobson Rd. #114
It’s our GRAND OPENING Weekend!! And THIS show is the pinnacle! We only have a FEW seats available to the public, the remaining are by invite ONLY! This official opening of JesterZ Improv at Mesa Riverview will be proceeded by fun and festivities all over Riverview starting at 5:00 including. Arrive early because you don’t want to miss out on the activities happening prior. Ribbon cutting at 6:20 will bring us inside where we’ll provide JesterZ improv, stand up, sketch and much more!! Show runs 7:00pm – 8:30pm.
Admission: $25 + tax. ALL sales are final.
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I originally signed up for Jester’Z beginning improv class almost 2 years ago. It for realZ changed my life and in so many wayZ made me a better person. People say I’m funny so I figured for sure I’ll be good at improv. I mean that’s what people would say to me, so why not?
Well what I learned in the first 10 minutes was…IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH BEING FUNNY! Say what?!?!?!?!?!
Improv is about thinking fast, fully listening, trust, staying present, relationships, and so much more… If you work in sales, as I do, beginning improv should be a pre-requisite for your company’s orientation in my opinion. Really if you’re a human being, beginning improv should be a pre-requisite for, I dunno….puberty? LOL… I think about the incredible advantage all the teens who take the teen beginning improv class get from learning such valuable skills at such a critical growing stage in their lives. Oh how different life might be had I learned this stuff then….excuse me… I digress…
Bottom line…I often feel like I want to drag people to the class and then say…”See I told you so”, but I am a firm believer that people have to decide to do things on their own. Now this goes way against my desire to want to control things, shocking I know that I can admit this, but at the end of the day where else can you go to grow as an individual and have an absolute blast and make amazing friends? (If you have an answer that is anything besides Jester’Z….please skip it…you get where I am going with this right?)
So, I’m curious….to anyone who has taken an improv class before, especially at Jester’Z….what made you decide to do it and what was your experience like? Please comment below and I will end this with a picture of my beginning improv class from 2 years ago…since ‘they’ say a picture is worth a thousand words…whoever ‘they’ are anyways…
As our time at Theater 168 in Papago Plaza draws to a close we’ve realized not everything from the theater will be coming with us to Mesa Riverview.
So….before we dance on outta here….we are having a moving sale!
CLICK HERE NOW TO SEE OUR AD ON CRAIG’S LIST for pictures, prices, and contact info to purchase!
What has been your favorite decorative item in Theater 168?
What’s most important to you?
We work hard for our money, right? And although we Americans love to just throw money away, we don’t see it as throwing it away if it makes us happy. A good restaurant, a great movie, a unique oddity “as seen on TV” that we must have!!
Correct me if I’m wrong, but it only feels like we are throwing money away if we didn’t like it. The price of a movie hasn’t changed much over the last few years – but you and I have both walked out of movie or comedy show saying “that was a waste of money”. If you don’t like it – the Value of your entertainment goes down. LOVE IT? Would you pay double?
Whatever makes you happy, right?
I’ve taught improv comedy classes for over 13 years. Below is a conversation I regularly have with my advanced improv students:ME: “What does our audience want?” THEM: “To be entertained” “How do we do that?” “um… We make them laugh.” “How do we do that?” “um… we say or do something funny.” “So if you make them laugh, it’s guaranteed they are entertained?” “um… not necessarily.”
So, if we are in the business of entertaining all ages – how do we do that? I think most improv groups, comics, writers, poets, musicians, (insert more entertainers here) on an professional level give the audience what they want. It’s gotta be a lot more than they expect, because “making them laugh” isn’t entertaining enough.
For the purpose of my point, I will use movies. However, books, TV, commercials, plays, etc. all can be used as well.
I love a good movie. I think everyone can relate to movies, because there are good movies, great movies and terrible movies! Let’s look at these and analyze why we love them… I’ve come up with 3 denominators.
Consider the following:
Shoot em up, blow em up!! Car chases, adventures, fighting, superhero’s, etc. James Bond, Ironman, Die Hard, Mission Impossible stuff!! Last year Ironman 3 grossed 408 Million dollars… We love it and can’t get enough action in our movies.
2. Emotion ;O)
Sappy, lovey-dovey, chick-flick love stories. From The Notebook to Sleepless in Seattle – our heartstrings yearn for feel-good movies. Love story and fantasies that give our routine, daily life, a little dose of hope.
It’s information about what’s going on, who’s involved and where it’s happening. Documentaries have hours of interviews, facts, figures, opinions – the details that peak our curiosity and arouse our intellect. Details help us understand what’s going on… period.
If you are missing details you are bound to get a bad review!!
Every movie has a variety of these three
Think about it… what is your favorite movie? Why? Because it provides you with just the right amount of action, emotion and details (depending on the genre) and they present it with engaging characters and story to support the right balance of those elements. If an action movie has too much sappy romance or a chick-flick doesn’t have enough detail – are you satisfied as a viewer?
So what does all this have to do with the Entertainment Value of an improv comedy show?
Let’s go back to our conversation:“What does an audience want?” “To be entertained” “How do we do that?”
Let’s insert information we just learned:“We provide audiences with a show where each scene has a variety of Action, Emotion and Detail – all wrapped up in fun, energetic improvised skits. Since they are coming to a comedy show, we add in the fundamentals of humor. Every scene should have details that helps them understand who, where and what is going on; a range of emotions (how do I feel about what was just said or done); and action that keeps them visually stimulated and anxious for what’s next.”