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Improv-Focused Stand-Up Class, Get Riffed, Launches at Second City Hollywood

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 21, 2014

Get Riffed is a unique stand-up class that focuses on the art of improvisational joke-telling and crowd work. After three successful rounds in Chicago, Get Riffed is coming to Los Angeles this March.

As seen on CNN and Jezebel, Get Riffed creator Ever Mainard is a Los Angeles comedian and Second City veteran. In addition to teaching Get Riffed, Mainard is a founder and host of The Sh*t Show, a rowdy stand-up showcase that headlined the 2013 TBS Just for Laughs Festival.

After a decade of stand-up, Mainard understands the importance of improvisation, or riffing. “Some of my best sets have happened in some of the worst rooms,” Mainard says. “With the skills and confidence to riff in the moment, you can turn a loud room of hecklers into a great experience. Audiences are unpredictable; stand-up should be a mixture of planned and unplanned.”

While every comic can benefit from learning to think on their feet, riffing is also a powerful tool for non-comics. Mainard’s past students have included doctors who became more comfortable talking to patients, job seekers who gained confidence in interviews, and parents who discovered a fresh way to communicate with their teenagers.

Second City Hollywood is the perfect venue for a class taught by Mainard, who graduated from the Second City Conservatory and taught Get Riffed at Second City Chicago. “I’ve been very lucky to be involved with Second City, both professionally and as a student, for seven years now,” Mainard says. “They have such a well-respected name and such a rich comedy history. It feels great to bring something from the Chicago scene to Hollywood in a venue that feels like home.”

About Get Riffed:

Get Riffed is a stand-up class that focuses on improvised jokes and storytelling, connecting with the audience and generating witty comebacks. Previous comedy experience is always a plus, but not required. Tickets for Get Riffed are on sale now at Second City Hollywood. For more information, please visit http://www.evermainard.com.

Thomas Custom Builders Earns Angie’s List Super Service Award For Second Consecutive Year

Manassas, VA (PRWEB) January 22, 2014

Northern Virginia home remodeling company Thomas Custom Builders has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the consumer review service in 2013. It is the second year in a row the company has received this award.

“Providing outstanding service to each and every customer is our day-to-day mission, and we won’t settle for anything less,” said Rick Thomas, owner of Thomas Custom Builders. “Our high standards are why our clients are among the most satisfied in the industry. We’re proud to be recognized by the very discerning subscribers of Angie’s List.”

“Only about five percent of Thomas Custom Builders’ competitors within the northern Virginia area are able to earn our Super Service Award,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.”

Angie’s List Super Service Award 2013 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade; the company must be in good standing with Angie’s List, have a fully complete profile, pass a background check and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality. Members can find the 2013 Super Service Award logo next to company names in search results on AngiesList.com.

Thomas Custom Builders provides design, building and remodeling services to customers throughout northern Virginia. With combined 70 years’ experience, the contractors specialize in custom home additions and remodeling of bathrooms, kitchens and master suites. Visit the TCB home remodeling website for more information.


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