Everyone loves to laugh and stand-up comedians are great but there’s a special place in my heart for improv comedians. First, I think it’s 1000x harder since they’re making it up on the spot and I find it to be incredibly inspiring to be that creative so openly on stage. I used to be obsessed with Upright Citizens Brigade when I was at NYU so when I heard that MopCo was getting their own theater, I was so excited!
You may recognize the name MopCo from the many amazing shows at the Underground at Proctors Theatre but for the past few months (since October 2016) they’ve had their very own theater on 10 North Jay St, the Little Italy of Downtown Schenectady. The building houses various improv performances, improv classes, special events, private parties, and workplace workshops with Koppett, their “Organizational Development consultancy.”
When I took a tour of the facility about a week ago, I learned that it not only used to be a firehouse but a strip club but no worries, they’ve gutted and cleaned the facility since then. Walking though, you’d have no idea that there used to be a very large hot tub as well as a room covered in mirrors (I didn’t ask for details). Though the front door, you walk into a semi-reception area where snacks and a small amount of beverages are available. Through there is the theatre with stadium seating and honestly no seat is a bad one.
Whether you’re a seasoned improv vet, a complete beginner, or maybe you just want to sit back and watch, there’s something for you at MopCo. On Thursday nights, they have Improv 101 which gives people of all improv backgrounds a chance to work on their craft or just a few hours to let loose and have some fun. I can’t wait to go and give this a try!
They have some staple shows you may have heard of like Chortle Kombat or Alf Pacino but because it’s improv, every show is different! Take a look at the schedule, be a part of the show and laugh after a long day. Keep looking at my blog because I’m going to be taking a look at some of their shows and I’ll be sure to update you with what I think!