Composer : Singer : Songwriter : Musician
Laura Hall is best known as the improvisational pianist and Musical Director on the hit TV show Whose Line is it Anyway, which ran for nine years on ABC with Drew Carey hosting. After a long hiatus the show is currently in it's 19th season on the CW Network, with Aisha Tyler as host.
Laura has toured extensively with Drew Carey and the Improv All Stars. She performed live with a combined British and American cast of Whose Line is it Anyway in London at The Adelphi and The Palladium theatres. In 2018 she performed at The Royal Albert Hall in the Whose Line is it Anyway 30th Anniversary Show. She has played with many other improv groups at theaters around the world including: iO West and iO Chicago; The Annoyance Theater; ImprovBoston Mainstage; Impro Neuf in Oslo; Improv Comedy Copenhagen, and Opening Night: The Improvised Musical!
Laura got her start in improv at The Second City Chicago, first with the national touring company, then as Musical Director and Composer for the Jeff Award winning E.T.C. revue, Channel This! She composed original musicals with The Annoyance Theater in Chicago and Theater-A-Go-Go in Los Angeles, including Patty, Patty, Bang! Bang! which won an L.A. Weekly award for Best New Musical.
With her husband, Rick Hall, Laura teaches Music Improv all over the world at theaters, universities, and comedy clubs. Laura has created Improv Karaoke, fully produced original tracks for improvisers to make up their own improvised songs. She has co-written a book, The Improv Comedy Musician: The Ultimate Guide to Playing Music with an Improv Group to help teach musicians about the specialized world of being an improv Musical Director. She has also created an in-depth online course, A Musician's Guide to Improv Comedy, to teach musicians how to do what she does on Whose Line and in live improv shows.
Laura has played for lots of theater and musical theater, most recently as Associate Musical Director, Conductor and Keyboardist on Head Over Heels at Pasadena Playhouse, featuring the music of The Go-Go's.
Laura has written music for several indie films, including the score for Slice of Pie, a short comedy written by and starring her husband. She wrote songs and score for The Long Isolation, a "Zoom Noir" written by Dan Castellaneta and Deb Lacusta. She scored two award winning documentaries about female holocaust survivors, Swimming in Auschwitz and After Auschwitz. She co-wrote songs and score for Look at Me, with Luke Hannington. Along with Linda Taylor (her band mate on Whose Line), she wrote music for the romantic comedy, Anatomy of a Breakup, directed by Judy Minor. She wrote the score and songs for The Wheels on the Bus series of children’s videos, starring Roger Daltrey as an 8 foot dragon.
Laura was a founding member of The Sweet Potatoes, an Americana band, where she played acoustic guitar, ukulele and accordion, and wrote many of the songs. Laura has two cds of original faith based music, and one of original children's music. She also wrote music for the Tell me a Story series of cd's, a collection of timeless folktales from around the world.
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I will be teaching music improv for musicians in Warsaw! Get hands on experience playing with improvisors while getting direction from me. We'll also discuss how the musician works in improv, moving from scenes to songs, and much more.