Melissa McCarthy, Ben Falcone, Jim Rash & Nat Faxon Host Groundlings Online Classes To Support Theatre & School

The Groundlings Theatre and School is thrilled to announce that comedy icon and Groundings’ alumnus Ben Falcone is teaming up with comic genius and spouse Melissa McCarthy, as well as Academy Award-winners Nat Faxon and Jim Rash to host special live-streamed classes. All proceeds from these events will benefit the Groundlings Theatre and School, the legendary, non-profit institution that has been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Melissa and Ben

Falcone (Tammy, Thunder Force), McCarthy (The Heat, Spy), Faxon (The Way Way Back, Downhill) and Rash (Community, The Descendants) trained and performed together for many years at the 46-year old theatre and school. Falcone conceived and created these classes to share the techniques they learned from their training and subsequent careers as successful, award-winning actors, directors and producers, and support their alma mater.

Falcone and McCarthy’s class “Auditioning for Film and TV” will take place on Thursday May 14 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST and will include insights from the Hollywood power couple known for producing, directing and acting in several film and television projects.  They will share their own insights from both sides of the camera into the audition process, how to use improvisation in the audition room, and more. The class sold out within a few hours of posting on Sunday with a waitlist currently being formed.

Jim and Nat

Falcone, Faxon and Rash’s class “Directing for the Screen” will take place on Thursday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. PST. The class will feature a lively and candid discussion about directing, including breaking in, running a set, and being a great collaborator. The class is designed for early-career directors and actors hoping to better understand the director’s role. Enrollment for this class will open this Sunday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m. PST.

The classes will be conducted via Zoom and followed by a Q&A with the virtual attendees. Enrollment fee is $50.00 and limited to the first 250 attendees. Reservations can be made at More classes will be announced soon.

The Groundlings launched their Online Class programming in late March as a result of the LA-based school’s closure due to coronavirus. These virtual lessons mark the first time Groundlings classes are available to anyone around the world, and have had people join from Europe and Australia, as well as cities across the United States. For more details visit

About The Groundlings Theatre & School

The Groundlings Theatre is an improvisation and sketch comedy theatre that has been entertaining LA audiences since 1974.  They are a non-profit organization founded by Gary Austin. The Groundlings School has been the foremost comedy training ground in Hollywood and the springboard for countless careers including comic geniuses from film and television such as Melissa McCarthy, Taran Killam, Jennifer Coolidge, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Ben Falcone, Kathy Griffin, Cheryl Hines, Chris Kattan, Lisa Kudrow, Jon Lovitz, Paul Reubens, Maya Rudolph, Mindy Sterling and Kristen Wiig, among others.  You can see catch Groundlings and recent alumni on shows such as Saturday Night Live (Heidi Gardner, Mikey Day, Chloe Fineman), The Righteous Gemstones (Edi Patterson & Tony Cavalero),Community (Jim Rash), Man with a Plan (Matt Cook), A.P. Bio (Lyric Lewis), Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (Andrew Leeds), and much more.

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