Outcasters Improv Comedy training center survives pandemic year


The Outcasters Improv Training Center in Scottsdale is celebrating its first anniversary by bringing the art of improvisation to the people of the valley. The Outcasters’ Drop-in Improvisation Classes use improvisation games to help students access their inner genius and build a powerful sense of self-confidence. Most are familiar with improvisation from watching the hit TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Crossing the pandemic in their launch year, improv classes were in full swing both on Zoom and live in North Scottsdale in 2020. Joe Hammer, founder of The Outcasters and author of The Improv Edge said: ” Our improv classes help those who need a creative reboot, boost their self-confidence, or just have fun, try something new and make deep connections with other fun people. “

Craig Smith, California resident and student of The Outcasters Zoom class, extols the virtues of his recent improvisation training experience: “I have hit rock bottom in terms of social interactions so many times and I finally decided that’s enough. to get better. This is exactly what I needed. I feel so happy and grateful to be a part of it … “

Outcasters also take great pride in their corporate training which fosters positive collaboration to achieve objectives and goals through the combined strength of staff and team members. Lamont Yoder, CEO of Banner Baywood, Gateway and Heart Hospitals and Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, said, “Joe and his team provided a very fun and impactful experience for our leadership team. I immediately saw everyone very committed to the art of improvisation and the perspective it brings to us as leaders. What a fun and valuable lesson to listen carefully before responding while having fun along the way … “

Joe is also very proud of his troupe members for participating in the Outcasters’ Improv for a Cause program, where the improv troupe partners with local charities and nonprofits to help raise funds financially. and to raise awareness of worthy causes. Joe shares, “We book a number of annual shows to work for free with charitable entities. We enjoy working with local organizations in their fundraising efforts with our entertainment aloud.” “And our spotlessly clean equipment is very suitable for church or school audiences,” he concludes.

Joe looks forward to continuing the Outcasters’ live, online classes and entertaining Valley residents with their special brand of improv comedy … on demand!

For more information on The Outcasters courses and shows, visit www.TheOutcasters.com


Milton S. Rodgers