Josh Rachford has been performing improv comedy since 2004. At the University of Virginia he performed on Amuse Bouche with SNL's Sasheer Zamata, then studied long-form improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York and Los Angeles. He's been on UCBLA's Maude team Hot Mess and performed there in many shows. Also in LA, he also graduated from the Nerdist School's improv program and was on the house team Karen.
From 2010 to 2016, Josh was an active member in the Story Pirates, a renowned arts education organization. He was an actor, producer, and director, touring the US as well as directing tours.
Josh currently resides in Amsterdam where he is a cast member at Boom Chicago.
Learn to pull comedic ideas from monologues, situations, openings, and more. Play better second beats, focus on what's specifically funny, and explore ideas.
Even if you've done improv your whole life, the basics of improv are important. Check out how solid your foundations are while learning to use the foundation to build the whole scene.
Have a lot of short form experience but want to get more into long form? Work on focusing on one central comedic idea and translate your ability to be funny in a short form game to open scenes.
Presentational Styles and Techniques
Using Improv to Write Stand-up
Improvising with Style(s)
Josh is happy to adjust any workshop curricula to meet your team's needs or your individual needs.
Workshops are available for individuals, groups, and existing improv teams -- just ask! Josh resides in Amsterdam but is able to travel worldwide, and we will do what we can to accomodate you.