Chapter 5: Five TV shows every improviser should watch IN BULK and why

seinfeld blog

1)   Seinfeld.  I mean this should go without saying.  But c’mon—go back and watch a Seinfeld and notice how so many of them follow a Harold-esque structure

Cheers blog

2)   Cheers.  What a perfect character study!  Two main characters were replaced and it still was great.


3)   The Sopranos.  This show again is built on character and although there is a lot going on plot-wise, it is the character’s reactions to plot that makes it so fascinating.

all in the family blog

4)   All in the Family.  This show broke so many boundaries.  It took risks—satirical risks.  And it had complex characters that weren’t just black and white—they had a lot going on.

snl blog

5)   Saturday Night Live.  From the beginning.  When SNL became the mothership of comedy legends.

Dina has toured with and directed for The Second City National Touring Company and has taught/performed/directed all over the great city of Chicago. In 2011, Dina was honored to headline the Denver Improv Festival as a representative of Virgin Daiquiri; that same year, iO Chicago graced her with the title of Improviser of the Year. In 2012, Dina executive produced Virgin Daiquiri’s first album FOOD BABY, now available on iTunes. Dina now performs regularly at iO Chicago with Virgin Daiquiri at iO - where she also co-created CUFFS & DBAG. She has also had the honor of working at Steppenwolf and ATC.

1 Comment

  • January 31, 2014

    Rich S

    Supposedly Kurt Vonnegut once said in an interview “I would rather have written Cheers than anything I’ve written”.

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