Arcade Academy

Learn comedy, have some funny.


Arcade Comedy Theater offers workshops for beginner and advanced improvisers on a variety of subjects, inspiring performers to continue their education and approach the art of improv from different directions. Workshops have been taught by nationally-known improvisers and instructors, including Kevin McDonald, Laura Hall, Rick Hall, Jimmy Carrane, Paul Grondy, Maribeth Monroe, Jaime Moyer, Rob Belushi, Tim Stoltenberg, Susan Messing, Rachel Mason and more.


Workshop Schedule

  • December: Michael Busch
  • More coming soon…



Improv Workshop: Starting Strong

When it comes to longform improvisation, how you start is important. If you put in the work up top, you won’t find yourself struggling to invent things later on. In this three-hour longform improv intensive, students will focus on:

  • Performing detailed, interesting monologue openings based on a suggestion
  • Pulling information from monologues
  • Constructing solid premise based initiations based on information from monologues
  • Getting your idea across to your scene partner so you’re both starting on the same page

The workshop is limited to 12 improvisors, so everyone will have time to practice these concepts and receive focused coaching and feedback from this experienced instructor.

Students should have at least basic education/experience with longform improv.

Saturday, Dec 7

Registration is $50
Workshop is from 12PM til 3PM


About Michael Busch

Michael Busch is a Cleveland native who has over fifteen years of professional experience in the Los Angeles comedy scene and entertainment industry as an actor, writer, director, and producer.   Michael Busch is a graduate of IO West’s improv training program and studied improv and sketch at The Upright Citizens Brigade with founders Matt Besser and Matt Walsh, among others.
Michael Busch has acted in sketches on Human Giant, Key & Peele, and Conan; written sketches and digital series for FunnyorDie, Comedy Central, AwesomenessTV, Break, and Maker Studios; was a member of multiple house improv (Harold) teams at IO West and UCBTLA, a writer/performer on a house sketch (Maude) team at UCBTLA, and has also written/directed/produced/acted in various other shows there.  Additional television and film acting credits include The Goldbergs, Adam Ruins Everything, Glee, The Middle, Pretty Little Liars, The Ghost Whisperer, Community, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Arsenio Hall Show, Body of Proof, Hope & Randy, Franklin & Bash, Workaholics, Carpoolers, Miss March, and dozens of national commercials.