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Freestyle rapping + Beatboxing + Improv = Minds Blown! with North Coast

Have you always wanted to learn to freestyle rap and beatbox but always felt embarrassed to try?  Or maybe you've always wanted to learn how to beatbox? Or perhaps you have gotten pimped into rapping in an improv scene and froze? Or perhaps you have seen a North Coast (New York's premier freestyle rapping/beatboxing/longform improv team - show and wonder how we do what we do? No matter what your reason may be, come to these  workshops and we will teach you how to spit with the best of them, beatbox like a champion, and how to weave it all together with the fun and "rules" of improv.  At a core level improv and hip-hop go hand in hand.  Whether you are dropping a beat into a mic or initiating an improv scene, the same principles apply... you need confidence, you have to listen, and you have to react.   The workshops will be team-taught by Shaun Fisher and James Robilotta.  Shaun is the beatboxer for North Coast and is a UCB trained improviser.   James has been taking improv classes at the UCB since the fall of 2007 and is a paid freestyle rapper in NYC.

Come to this workshop and you will leave:
1. feeling more confident in your rapping skills
2. knowing the basic fundamentals of beatboxing
3. the different between want and game (fun, interesting, and repeatable pattern)
4. how to get from a scene into a rap
5. having a better understanding of what a longform improv show incorporating rapping and beatboxing looks like

Choose from one of two times: Saturday, 11/19 from 11-1:30 OR Saturday, 11/19 from 2:30-5:00

James Robilotta started performing improv and stand-up comedy in 2004. Originally from Sayville, NY, James started consistently performing improv while at graduate school with Clemson University’s troupe “Mock Turtle Soup”. Since moving back to New York in 2007 he has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and the Magnet Theater under Will Hines, Chris Gethard, Charlie Todd, Zach Woods, Eric Tanouye, Rebecca Drysdale, Armando Diaz, Charlie Sanders, Michael Delaney, John Lutz, Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Gavin Speiller, Billy Merritt, Curtis Gwinn, Michael Martin, and Eliza Skinner.

James is the founder of the freestyle-rapping, beatboxing, always fresh, long-form team “North Coast”. When he is not holding it down with North Coast, he can be seen performing improv regularly throughout New York City on “Veal”, “Extreme Chain”, “Space Camp”, and “#Klepper”.

Outside of improv James can be found impacting the lives high school and college students around the country as a Professional Leadership Speaker. Check out his website:

Shaun Fisher, A Florida State graduate, recently moved to New York and has been blowing up the improv scene as beatboxer for New York’s only freestyle/improv group North Coast. Currently taking classes at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, Shaun intends to continue his studies and pursue as many comedic avenues as possible. Similar to Edward James Olmos, Shaun was born in Miami.


  1. Saturday, November 19, 2011, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Location: ImprovBoston Main Theater

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Tuition: $40.00