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NORTH COAST HIP HOP IMPROV

North Coast is New York City’s premiere hip hop improv comedy team. The audience provides a suggestion and North Coast will run with it – performing a fully improvised “Hip H’Opera” right in front of your eyes. The show is upbeat and energetic from start to finish and will leave you on the edge of your seat!

North Coast Hip HopNorth Coast boasts nationally recognized beatboxers on their cast roster. A unique collaboration of hip hop, music, and comedy – North Coast has been wowing audiences at comedy venues, festivals, and universities across the country since 2009. In 2014, they were featured on Slate’s podcast, The Gist. They’ve been described as “mind-blowing” and “next level” but you’ll just have to see it for yourself. And if you don’t know… now you know.

"If you can’t decide between going to a comedy show and going to a party, these guys have you covered both ways. Hands down, it’s one of the most fun shows we’ve seen all year." -Timeout NY

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THE JAY-Z

  • North Coast will perform a one hour hip-hop improv show at your College, Institution or Company. This show would consist of two halves (approx 25-30 mins each) of comedy. One half inspired by an interview with a member of the audience, and the other half where North Coast will do our original hip-hip improv form that we perform around New York City.
  • North Coast will conduct 1-2 workshops at your College or Institution on freestyle rap. They will teach the students how to effortlessly fold in the basics of freestyle rap into improv comedy. Students will perform their own freestyles into improvised scenes for the class.
  • North Coast’s Beatboxer can give a tutorial on how to beatbox to students who want to learn.

THE RICK ROSS

  • North Coast will perform a forty-five minutes to an hour hip-hop improv show at your College, Institution, or Company. This show would consist of two halves (approx 25-30 mins each) of comedy. One half inspired by an interview with a member of the audience, and the other half hip-hop improv.
  • North Coast will conduct one, one-hour workshop at your College, Institution, or Company on freestyle rap. They will teach the students how to effortlessly fold in the basics of freestyle rap into improv comedy. Students will incorporate their own freestyles into improvised scenes for the class.

THE IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE

  • North Coast will perform a 30-60 minute hip-hop improv show at your College or Institution. We will do our original, award-winning, improv form that we perform around New York City and at festivals, colleges, and corporations around the country.


Bios

Douglas Widick is a founding member of Hip Hop Improv group, North Coast. You can catch him performing around NYC with many other musical improv, improv, and sketch groups as well. He is a member of house musical Improv teams at both the Magnet and PIT Theaters, and just finished sketch shows with Pop Roulette (PIT), The 2017 Tony Awards (UCB), Dead Dads Club (UCB), and his UCB Maude Team Dangerous Woman. Doug teaches an 8-week Hip-Hop Improv class at the Magnet Theater and was recently seen in the off-broadway musicals F#%king Up Everything and Blank! The Musical. You can catch his many comedy videos at www.Douglaswidick.com.

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: http://www.JTRobo.com.

Reviews

Press: http://northcoastnyc.tumblr.com/tagged/press

“If you can’t decide between going to a comedy show and going to a party, these guys have you covered both ways. Hands down, it’s one of the most fun shows we’ve seen all year.” -Timeout NY

***NAME ONE OF THE TOP 10 COMEDY SHOWS OF 2014 BY TIMEOUTNY***
Link: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/comedy/the-10-best-comedy-shows-of-2014

***BEST OF THE FEST AT VANCOUVER IMPROV FESTIVAL***

“It shouldn’t be surprising that hip-hop improv troupe, North Coast, is thriving.” -The Village Voice

"For those who like their rhymes as solid as their punch lines, North Coast are a dream combo—every show, the group creates hilarious on-the-spot raps that all link together into a larger (normally awesomely bizarre) story. Originally scheduled to perform at The PIT, one of the best comedy theaters in New York for just two months, the group have been such a hit that their run has now been extended through till the end of March. We caught up with co-founder Doug Widick…” - Time Out NY
Link: http://www.timeout.com/newyork/comedy/north-coasts-doug-widick-were-not-saying-look-how-silly-rapping-is

“North Coast has been a crowd pleaser at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival (NCCAF) for years. I highly recommend North Coast as an interactive comedy program for presenters and Student Activity directors.” - Zach Ward, DSI Comedy Theater owner and NCCAF Executive Producer

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