The Power of Improv: CCL & "Yes and"

Learning how to say “yes and” changed my life. Too often in life, we are not given permission to be creative, whether it’s at work – when a colleague shoots down a half-formed idea rather than building on it – or at home –where you may find you’re battling with your spouse because neither of you can say “yes” to even a part of the other’s idea.

I want to demonstrate the "power of yes" by making a film about Chicago City Limits, the troupe that got me hooked on improv. The group’s story epitomizes what improv is all about.
The film will tell the history of CCL – of group of seven Chicago improvisers who, In 1979, risked it all, rented a van, and headed East to test the waters in New York City.. Over the next three decades, CCL become the premier comedy group in the city, garnered a trove of rave reviews and awards, with a remarkable run of over 10,000 performances. Through its members’ belief in “the power of “yes” Chicago City Limits helped alter the comedy landscape of the city, training and inspiring a whole generation of improv actors and comedians.

The film will offer the  CCL story – illustrated with archival performance footage - and will tell how improv has changed people's lives.

You can help make this movie a reality by contributing - $5, $10, $100, $500 – whatever you can spare. Help our experienced team create this exciting film. I am thrilled to be working with Paul Zuckerman, my co-producer on the film, who has been running Chicago City Limits since 1983.

My background: I have been studying improv since 1982, teaching it since 1987, and running the Sunday Night Improv comedy jam since 1993. I have also written a book on improv with  CCL founding member  Carol Schindler, A DOCTOR AND A PLUMBER IN A ROWBOAT, which Kirkus Reviews called "a colorful, spirited gem." And I have  two award-winning documentaries under my belt.

Thank you so much!


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  • Thomas Shim
    • $45 
    • 4 yrs


Thomas Soter
New York, NY

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