Welcome to the latest incarnation of the oldest repository of improvisational comedy structures on the internet. One cannot learn improv comedy from a web page, however the list of improv structures included here will definitely help.

25th Anniversary update is complete.

Learn Improv was created in 1994. A four month overhaul finished in May 2019. In this overhaul old structures were re-written, or deprecated, and new structures were added. Hopefully the re-worked Learn Improv will be more useful to both neophytes and experienced improv comedy teachers.


Learn Improv works with GOALS not rules.

Learn Improv believes in a safe and supportive environment.

Learn Improv teaches that every offer needs LACE

  • Listen
    • with your ears, eyes, heart, brain
  • Accept
    • accept the offer as real
  • Commit
    • to your first idea, it is great
  • Expand
    • add a tiny bit

Learn Improv uses the narrative framework of STEPS

  • Setting
    • environment and mime objects
  • Ties
    • characters and relationships
  • Establish, Explore
    • “something” from setting or ties
  • Propel
    • move the “something” along as a story
  • Sort
    • solution not necessary

Have fun.