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Alchemy Improv Comedy is committed to teaching the art of improv comedy throughout the Greenville area. Whether you are interested in performing and joining our company, or simply working on communication and collaboration in the real world, these comedy classes are for you.

The head instructor Harrison Brookie is a trained educator who has spent several years teaching public high school. He was also a resident instructor under Zach Ward at the DSI Comedy Theater in NC, which has heavily inspired our style and curriculum.

Each class runs once a week, for six weeks from 6:30-9:00pm. There is no comedy or theater experience necessary and all students get free admission to Alchemy Comedy shows while they are enrolled in a class. Click on the course you would like to take to purchase online or you can call at (864) 256-1467.


Improv 101: Introduction to Scenework
Thursdays, March 1st-April 5th   -   Mondays, April 16th-May 21st   -   Thursdays, May 3rd-June 7th

Improv 101 is an introduction to improvising a scene. This class will focus on the fundamentals of agreement, relationship, character, and environment.


Improv 201: Introduction to Scene Patterns – Tuesdays, February 21st-March 27th
Prerequisite: Improv 101 

Improv 201 is an introduction to the patterns that make up a scene. This class will focus on the fundamentals of scene pattern recognition, creation, and heightening.


Improv 301: Introduction to Short Form
Prerequisite: Improv 201 

Improv 301 is the introduction to the concepts and rules of short form games. This class will focus on building a unique and interesting within the format of an established game.

Students will be eligible for auditions for a short form team at the completion of this class.


Improv 401: Introduction to Long Form, Harold
Prerequisite: Improv 301 

Improv 401 is the introduction to the concepts and rules of long form improvisation. This class will focus on the foundational widely performed format The Harold.

Students will be eligible for auditions for a long form team at the completion of this class.

Improv 101: Introduction to Scenework

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Alchemy Improv Comedy is the only training center for improvised comedy in Greenville, SC. We are dedicated to bringing weekly shows to Greenville and ongoing improv classes. Whether you are looking improving your communication skills in the workplace or  or embracing the stage, these comedy classes are for you. There is no comedy or theater experience necessary.


The classes are taught by our resident instructor Harrison Brookie. He is a public school teacher and for the last several years has been performing and teaching improv at the DSI Comedy Theater, which has strong influenced our style and curriculum. He recently traveled to Boston, MA to teach improv comedy. His education and comedy background make him a kind yet challenging instructor.


Here’s what you gain from our training program:

  • learn the basic of improv comedy scenes
  • trained instructor feedback in and out of class
  • free admission to all Alchemy shows while enrolled
  • end of class Friday night student show

Here’s a brief description of our 101 class from the classes page:

Improv 101 is an introduction to improvising a scene. This class will focus on the fundamentals of agreement, relationship, character, and environment.

Classes have limited space, so register online or call (864) 256-1467. Or fill out this form and we’ll contact you!

Harrison Heads to Improv Boston

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Before Alchemy Improv Comedy gets fully underway, Harrison is off to the Boston Improv Festival to perform and teach. He’ll be playing with Paula Pazderka, Artistic Director of the Dirty South Improv Theater. Together they form the improv duo Pound for Pound. They’ll be performing Saturday September 10th at 10:00 PM At the ImprovBoston Main Theater.

Harrison will also be teaching an afternoon workshop on Sunday entitled The Invisible Hand of the Scene. Here’s the teaser:

Introduction to improvisation reveals that scenes will naturally gravitate towards comedy. However, in more advanced classes you find out that for scenes to consistently successful you have to be the engine for that scene. Like basic economics, there is an invisible hand of the scene, but the reason the hand is so effective is because of industrious scene entrepreneurs. Understanding how to play and initiate both premeditated and truly inspired scenes will make you, your scene partners, and of course your audiences very happy. With exercises like “game (of the scene) theory” and “slow growth model”, you’ll be able to see how the machine we call a scene work. We’ve all been funny by accident. Now it’s time to find out how to innovate funny on purpose.

If you’ll be in Boston or know anyone who will be, let them know that Southern comedy will be there in full force!

So What’s with the Name?

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Alchemy is an ancient science of attempting to turn base metals like lead into gold. Although the practice never actually yielded the intended results, it was a precursor to the modern chemistry. The word alchemy has come to simply mean the process of transforming something common into something special.

The art of comedy improvisation has many similarities. All shows take inspiration from audiences and create comedy gold.  Although these shows can sometimes seem like just plain fun, the skills used in improvisation can help us in the real world. These skills are not always second nature and we believe they can be learned. That’s why Alchemy Improv Comedy is committed to both weekly shows and regular classes for the public.