Improv and The Hot Seat: How to Slay Your General Meetings (and Pitches!)

Ali Reza
Improv Extraoridinaire

Hosted by Ali Reza - Founder of UCB & The PIT, Improv Instructor Extraordinaire (collaborators include Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Adam McKay and Horatio Sanz)!

You’re at the stage where you are pitching your projects and getting ready to take general meetings (you may even already have a few under your belt)! But how can you prepare for these rare-yet-nerve-wracking opportunities and avoid sounding like a bumbling weirdo?? Well, one way to get more comfortable in the hot seat is to do a little training in Improv!

Improv has many guidelines and from it some of the best comedy is born. But did you know that you use improv daily? Every conversation you have is improv, the question is why some of them work and why some don’t. Ali Reza, improv master, is here hosting an entire webinar all about improv skills and how you can apply them to pitching, general meetings, interviews and beyond!

While it’s terrifying being in the hot seat, Ali will give tips and techniques on how to turn every spotlight into an improv opportunity so you can have fun with it and have a greater chance of success! Additionally, five writers will be chosen to participate in improv exercises with Ali so you can see theory in action and how improv can be used to take charge of even the hottest seat!

This 90-Min. Webinar Will Cover:

  • Understanding the basics of improv and what it is
  • The guidelines of improv and how and when it is used
  • Exercises for practicing improv skills
  • Tips and techniques that can be applied to real life!
About Your Host

Ali Reza Farahnakian is an alumnus of SNL, The Second City Chicago, and The Improvolympic, where he trained extensively with Del Close. He was a founding member of UCB and the founder of The PIT, where he has taught and performed for 15 years. He has read over 10,000 sketches in his classes throughout the years. Many of his students have gone on to work professionally. He has been doing this work for over 25 years. He has been in film, television, and plays. Google him.

Wondering why that face looks so dang familiar?? It’s probably because you’ve seen Ali’s work in countless films & TV shows including 30 ROCK, THE BOURNE LEGACY, WORKAHOLICS, INSIDE AMY SCHUMER, MADAM SECRETARY, and THE UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT to name but a few (seriously, that’s only a few!)

What To Expect

Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email, there will be a link reading "CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUCTIONS" that will take you to the page containing the Webinar recording. Under that link will be the Password you'll need to unlock the page and enjoy!


If you have any questions or any trouble accessing the recording, email our Director of Education Alexandra Davies at!

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