Comedy School

Intro to the Harold with Chris Ulrich

This class focuses on the creation of the long-form improv style developed by Del Close. With particular attention to recognizing organic opportunities in the moment, students will learn how to create believable characters, discover themes, and make scenic connections in the moment. Students will learn to explore the signature elements (openings, scenic beats, edits, character pulls, & group games) that bring together this dynamic structure. Prerequisite: Beginning Improv and Level 2 Improv, or permission from the instructor.

About the Instructor: Chris Ulrich teaches classes in beginning improv, advanced short-form improv and long-form improv. He has been performing since 2003. Currently, Chris performs regularly in a number of Improv troupes including Jive Turkey, Nox, and King Bee. He has studied improvisational comedy at the Uprights Citizens Brigade and The Magnet Theater in New York, Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theater in Chicago and Los Angeles, and at the Washington Improv Theater and DC Improv in Washington. Also, he has coached and led workshops for Improv troupes in the DC area.

Chris was a cast member in the DC based comedy pilot, Capital Gym, which was entered in the 2009 NexTV Pilot Competition and has appeared on the Food Network's "Dinner Impossible" with Chef Robert Irvine. He also serves as a consultant to Edelman Public Relations as part of its creative content team, leading creative strategy sessions to encourage new ways of thinking for Edelman client accounts.

In addition to Improv training, Chris is the founder of CU in the Moment LLC, a company with a multi-disciplined approach to educating clients about body language, personal confidence, and presentation skills. He is a media consultant who can frequently be seen on CNN, MSNBC, "Dr. Oz," Headline News, "Dr. Drew," "Nancy Grace," Washington’s USA Channel 9, and "Let's Talk Live," where he educates viewers about non-verbal communication issues. Along with his work at CU in the Moment, Ulrich is a senior instructor at the Body Language Institute. He trains executives, salespeople, government staffers, lobbyists, and small business entrepreneurs to use new body language to transform their executive presence.

Other Showtimes

This show is SOLD OUT (or all available tickets are currently in online shopping carts). If you're hoping for last-minute availability, you are welcome to call our box office (202-296-7008).

Saturdays, January 15 - February 12, 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Graduation show at the Improv on February 26 (afternoon). Participants must be vaccinated against COVID-19 for this in-person class.

Building off skills gained in ensemble development and scene work from earlier improv training, this class focuses on the creation of the long-form improv style developed by Del Close. With particular attention to recognizing organic opportunities in the moment, students will learn how to create believable characters, discover themes, and make scenic connections in the moment. Students will learn to explore the signature elements (openings, scenic beats, edits, character pulls, & group games) that bring together this dynamic structure. Prerequisite: Beginning Improv and Level 2 Improv, or permission from the instructor.


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Class Policies

  • Patrons must be 18 or older to attend events or classes at the DC Improv. Any exceptions are clearly noted in the event descriptions on dcimprov.com.
  • Participants in this class must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and produce proof of vaccination (such as a completed vaccination card) at the start of the first session. If you have any questions about this policy, please e-mail info@dcimprov.com.

This class focuses on the creation of the long-form improv style developed by Del Close. With particular attention to recognizing organic opportunities in the moment, students will learn how to create believable characters, discover themes, and make scenic connections in the moment. Students will learn to explore the signature elements (openings, scenic beats, edits, character pulls, & group games) that bring together this dynamic structure. Prerequisite: Beginning Improv and Level 2 Improv, or permission from the instructor.

About the Instructor: Chris Ulrich teaches classes in beginning improv, advanced short-form improv and long-form improv. He has been performing since 2003. Currently, Chris performs regularly in a number of Improv troupes including Jive Turkey, Nox, and King Bee. He has studied improvisational comedy at the Uprights Citizens Brigade and The Magnet Theater in New York, Improv Olympic and Annoyance Theater in Chicago and Los Angeles, and at the Washington Improv Theater and DC Improv in Washington. Also, he has coached and led workshops for Improv troupes in the DC area.

Chris was a cast member in the DC based comedy pilot, Capital Gym, which was entered in the 2009 NexTV Pilot Competition and has appeared on the Food Network's "Dinner Impossible" with Chef Robert Irvine. He also serves as a consultant to Edelman Public Relations as part of its creative content team, leading creative strategy sessions to encourage new ways of thinking for Edelman client accounts.

In addition to Improv training, Chris is the founder of CU in the Moment LLC, a company with a multi-disciplined approach to educating clients about body language, personal confidence, and presentation skills. He is a media consultant who can frequently be seen on CNN, MSNBC, "Dr. Oz," Headline News, "Dr. Drew," "Nancy Grace," Washington’s USA Channel 9, and "Let's Talk Live," where he educates viewers about non-verbal communication issues. Along with his work at CU in the Moment, Ulrich is a senior instructor at the Body Language Institute. He trains executives, salespeople, government staffers, lobbyists, and small business entrepreneurs to use new body language to transform their executive presence.