Comedy School

The Bat: A Harold in the Dark

The BAT is an advanced format piece that takes place entirely in the dark! The class will focus on ensemble building by developing the BAT as a performance piece, loosely based off of the Harold. The BAT is filled with amazing soundscapes, and sound cues to generate themes, ideas, and concepts to associate off of and create a performance piece of the mind for an audience. The piece takes place completely in the dark. The BAT gives you, the improviser, the opportunity to sharpen your improv skills, increase fearlessness and decrease mental limitations that may be in the way of elevating your performance. It will call on you to marshal every improv skill you have and push you to grow further.

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.

03/05/2022 2:00 PM

Door Time: 1:45 PM

Other Showtimes

Saturdays, March 5 - 26, 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Graduation show April 2 at 2:30. Maximum 15 students. Participants must be vaccinated against COVID-19 for this in-person class.

Prerequisite: Some Harold training or permission of the instructor and principal.

The BAT is an advanced format piece that takes place entirely in the dark! Working with instructor Chris Ulrich, the class will focus on ensemble building by developing the BAT as a performance piece, loosely based off of the Harold. The BAT is filled with amazing soundscapes, and sound cues to generate themes, ideas, and concepts to associate off of and create a performance piece of the mind for an audience. The piece takes place completely in the dark. The BAT gives you, the improviser, the opportunity to sharpen your improv skills, increase fearlessness and decrease mental limitations that may be in the way of elevating your performance. It will call on you to marshal every improv skill you have and push you to grow further.


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Admission 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 must be vaccinated against COVID-19 for this in-person class.

The BAT is an advanced format piece that takes place entirely in the dark! The class will focus on ensemble building by developing the BAT as a performance piece, loosely based off of the Harold. The BAT is filled with amazing soundscapes, and sound cues to generate themes, ideas, and concepts to associate off of and create a performance piece of the mind for an audience. The piece takes place completely in the dark. The BAT gives you, the improviser, the opportunity to sharpen your improv skills, increase fearlessness and decrease mental limitations that may be in the way of elevating your performance. It will call on you to marshal every improv skill you have and push you to grow further.

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.