Outcasters Improv Comedy Training Center Survives Pandemic Year


The Outcasters Improv Training Center in Scottsdale celebrates its first anniversary by bringing the art of improv to the people of the Valley. Outcasters “Drop-in” Improv classes use improv games to help students access their inner genius and establish a powerful sense of self-confidence. Most know improv from watching the hit TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Struggling through 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, a boost in 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 improv training experience: “I’ve hit rock bottom in terms of social interactions so many times and finally hit the ground running. decision that enough is enough. I need This is exactly what I needed. I feel so happy and grateful to be a part of it…”

The 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 have provided a very fun and impactful experience for our leadership team. I immediately saw everyone very engaged in the art of improvisation and the perspective it brings to us as leaders. What a fun and valuable lesson in listening 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 financially help raise funds. and raise awareness for worthy causes. Joe shares, “We book a number of annual shows to work with charities at no cost. We love working with local organizations in their fundraising efforts through our hilarious entertainment.” “And our squeaky-clean gear is perfectly appropriate for a church or school audience,” he concludes.

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

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


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