Playing Hitchhiker (a class favorite where everyone adopts the same character) in our Fall 2019 4th-6th class.
From the Founder
Hello fellow parent or aspiring comedian! We're kicking off our third (ish?) year of offering classes and have been honored to be part of the community. Going into our third year, we're incredibly pumped to move to a new space on the main drag in Ambler (with the Lab, which produces select shows for adults) and further expand our classes and teachers.
If the last year has taught me anything, it's that in-person interaction and collaboration are critical for the mental health and socio-emotional development of kids and teens (and adults, too, but that is for another conversation). I'm happy to announce we will be offering in-person classes for all ages, following current CDC guidance for K-12 classes. Read more about what that means on our FAQ page.
I've always been a comedy nerd. Growing up, I watched SNL (Saturday Night Live) religiously, but didn't really have a place to develop my own comedic voice. I finally found comedy classes and performance in my mid-twenties, when I moved to the birthplace of improv and sketch comedy, Chicago, IL. I began my training at the Second City, moving on to classes and performance and Improv Olympic (IO) and ComedySportz, Chicago. Eventually, I was performing 5 shows a weekend to huge crowds at theaters all around Chicago, in both improvised and sketch shows. Most importantly, I learned how to navigate life on and off stage better; my mindset shifted to one of flexibility, confidence and collaboration with others.
I'm still a working comedian. And, I'm also a parent. I've been lucky enough to become a parent to two fellow goofballs who love comedy just as much as I do. With Improv Ambler, we provide the sort of classes and performance opportunities I want for my kids: Safe, fun, kid-driven and confidence building. A place where they can connect to like-minded kids and create something cool, of their own invention.
Thanks so much for checking us out. I'm so excited to be part of this community and to meet everyone. I hope you will follow us on Facebook or Instagram, or just drop a line.
Got your back,
Erika May McNichol
Performing at the 2017 Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, with Edi Patterson.
Posters made by youth troupes at 2017 Summer Camp