Performing in front of live audience not always a laughing matter

TYLER (KYTV) -- Give this comedian six weeks, and he will help you perform in front of audiences. Maybe it will also help you get through life without a laugh track.

"Improv was an outlet for me when I was going through a rough time in life." said Jamey Whitley. a founding member of Tyler's first and only improv troupe, Card 53.  "I quickly learned how the principles of improvisational comedy can be applied to everyone and all aspects of life,"

From Sept. 9 through Oct. 21, Liberty Hall will host Card 53's School of Improvisational Comedy Level 1 Improv Class on Tuesday evenings from 7-9 p.m. Designed for participants 17 years of age and older, this six-week course will teach the basics of scenic improvisation including listening skills. Whitley will serve as a teacher for the program.

Getting participants out of their comfort zones, this class will help increase self-confidence. Whitley has been performing improvisational comedy for five years. Having studied at Second City in Chicago as well as being under the tutelage of several teachers in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, Whitley has also performed with various troupes in Dallas.

Whitley shared. "It's great not only for actors and comedians." Whitley said,"but it's also perfect for the everyday business person looking to get more comfortable in front of people. It's also a good way to find that child-like sense of play we sometimes lose when we decide to grow up."

The cost for this six-week class is $175.00 per person. Special payment arrangements are available and should be made in advance. Class size is limited to 12 people so register now at www.LibertyTyler.com. For further information, please contact Jamey Whitley at card53comedy@gmail.com.

For more information about upcoming events, sponsoring an event or renting Liberty Hall, please go to www.LibertyTyler.com, or call Manager Anne Payne at (903) 595-7274.

The mission of Liberty Hall is to create an exciting arts and entertainment experience that will integrate the arts into the downtown's social, economic and community fabric by providing diverse opportunities for entertainment, through film, theater, comedy and music.


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