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Klusterfork’s fall online workshops give you the chance to learn from the pros of the entertainment industry

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Klusterfork’s Linda Kash (top left) during a six-week intensive improvisation series on Zoom last summer, when a group of 10 students enjoyed interactive, live online lessons from industry professionals. The Canadian entertainment industry, including Ed Sahely, Andy Massingham, Jan Caruana, Herbie Barnes, and Lisa Merchant. For fall 2020, Klusterfork is offering more opportunities to learn from the pros with its LOL workshop series starting October 5-6. (Photo: Klusterfork)

Linda Kash, Pat Maitland and Ian Burns, founders of Klusterfork Entertainment, recently joined me in a phone interview to talk about their fall lineup of LOL workshops – live, interactive lessons that promise to give students a “single access” to entertainment. the best talent in the industry.

These fun forkers give Peterborough (and the world) an incredible opportunity to learn and hone the performance skills of industry professionals through a series of online courses, with two 90-minute weekly lessons over a four-month period. weeks from Monday 5 October.

Founded in 2019, Klusterfork has made waves by bringing renowned Second City comedians to Peterborough audiences with hit shows such as “Klusterfork is Christmas” and “Klusterfork is Winter!” Always.”

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However, like many businesses around the world, their live entertainment programming came to a screeching halt in the spring of 2020, our year of the virus.

“We bonded with some of my dearest friends from The Second City,” Linda Kash recalls from the early days of Klusterfork. “We did a few shows and we had eight more shows scheduled at Market Hall until New Years Eve 2021 – then COVID hit.”

“So the world is ending,” Kash continues, “and we still have these fantastic Toronto artists who, oddly enough, are all teachers as well. So we decided to bring the best of the best to audiences online instead. ”

“Education,” adds Ian Burns, “has always been part of Klusterfork’s business plan from the start. Due to the pandemic, we had to pivot and jump straight to teaching a little earlier than expected – but it’s really exciting. “

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Pat Maitland, Linda Kash and Ian Burns, the creative team behind Klusterfork Entertainment, pictured last winter when Klusterfork put on their last in-person improv show at the Peterborough Market Hall in February. The trio had eight more shows scheduled at Market Hall when the pandemic hit, so they decided to shift their efforts to online education. (Photo: kawarthaNOW.com)

This summer, Klusterfork tested the waters online by offering a series of intensive improvisation workshops.

“It saved a lot of our summers, I think,” Pat Maitland says of the online sessions. “We all went online to save our minds.”

“It was an interesting pilot project, to see how it could work with the Zoom platform,” Burns said of the summer sessions. “We were able to fix the problems. “

“With Zoom, you can’t talk to people,” Maitland adds. “At first we thought the platform could slow the scenes down, but it doesn’t – you listen louder. The basic rule of improvisation, listening and responding to what you just heard, is actually so much easier on Zoom.

Klusterfork’s six-week summer improvisation series was well received by participants and instructors.

“A lot of alumni from that initial pilot program have signed up for the next 10 week intensive session that we are offering because they just want to continue,” says Burns.

Building on the success of the pilot project, Klusterfork organized an impressive fall program. The instructors are renowned artists, directors and comedians – highly demanded professionals who would otherwise not be available for intimate online workshops, were it not for the pandemic.

“I don’t think we can take most of these classes outside of COVID,” Maitland says. “That’s why we have this unique access to the best in the industry.

“We have some of the greatest performers in this country because they obviously don’t work as much,” Burns adds. “Klusterfork has a unique opportunity to act as an intermediary to allow them to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with people who are rising in the industry and people who have always wanted to try.”

It would be an understatement to say that the list of instructors for LOL workshops is impressive.

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The instructors are industry giants representing an array of talent from the Stratford and Mirvish stages to Broadway, as well as famous Canadian icons including Paul Constable (the guy in those Canadian Tire commercials) and Kash herself – who is best known as the former Philly angel cream cheese but also from her roles in Seinfeld, Fargo, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and more.

Whether you are an artist looking for professional development or just looking for an interesting new way to break through the monotony and loneliness that this cursed pandemic is, Klusterfork’s LOL workshops give you the chance to interact with these Canadian celebrities in a personal way. level but the security of your own home.

“There is such privacy,” Kash says. “You are going to get to know them very well and you will never have the chance to see them in person – yet online it is so intimate and safe.”

“The safety factor is fascinating,” adds Maitland. “What I have seen this summer is that each instructor has different styles and ways of ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for students.”

“Over the summer pilot, the amount of support and growth that has occurred over that six week period with this group of people that we have brought together has been incredible,” Burns recalls.

According to Kash of Camaraderie, “When you first get into the experience it feels like a solo endeavor, but as soon as you start playing with someone else you get that connection.”

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Klusterfork is offering eight-course musical theater, stand-up comedy and improvisation workshops over four weeks starting October 5-6, 2020 (Graphic: Klusterfork)
Klusterfork is offering eight-course musical theater, stand-up comedy and improvisation workshops over four weeks starting October 5-6, 2020 (Graphic: Klusterfork)

In addition to workshops covering musical theater, stand-up comedy and all levels of improvisation (from beginner to advanced), Klusterfork also offers a unique “Party Primer” service.

This one-of-a-kind private event gives your Zoom meeting – whether it’s a book club, girls’ night out, or corporate vacation party – an exclusive improv comedian featuring breeze games. ice-cream to warm up the infamously awkward first half hour of your video conferencing events.

“The Party Primer is particularly exciting,” says Burns. “Right now, a lot of businesses and businesses are wondering how they’re going to come together to celebrate the holidays. We’ve had a lot of requests because people want to have this fellowship together and this connection. The Party Primer is a great icebreaker and a great opportunity for everyone to come together and share the moment.

“We have to remember that feeling of pleasure,” Kash notes. “I watch the kids in the playgrounds and they have their masks on and they keep playing and having fun. As we get older, we say to ourselves that we are not allowed to have fun or that it is less important but, my god, people are hungry to have fun!

“We all get better adults the more we play,” says Maitland.

“And that’s the best feeling of all,” Kash intervenes, “when the group finds their own bone fun.”

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You can find your funny bone with Klusterfork’s LOL workshops this fall. Not only is this a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from the giants of the entertainment industry (at an incredibly low cost, may I add!), But maybe it is also the gesture of love and of personal care that gets you through the next few weeks, whatever they may hold.

The four-week courses are held Mondays and Wednesdays from October 5 and Tuesdays and Thursdays from October 6, so register now by visiting the Klusterfork website at www.klusterfork.com/ lol-workshops /. To note: if the workshops are full or you missed your chance to register, you can also register on the website to be placed on a waiting list for future workshops.

kawarthaNOW.com is proud to be a media sponsor of Klusterfork.


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