Thanks to multiple podcasts, television shows, and movies, improv comedy has become more popular than ever in recent years. No other type of comedy has grown more, and has gained popularity, especially among millennials in the past decade. The Improv Jam Comedy Lab, led by Mike O’Keeffe has been at the forefront of this revolution for decades, and now they are entering into a collaboration with The Count Basie Performing Arts Academy to take it to the next level. For 23 + years, O’Keeffe and Improv Jam have been leading the underground movement to cultivate New Jersey comedy for the masses, creating a unique performance environment that includes every aspect of comedy. Throughout that time shows have highlighted sketch, improvisation and stand-up giving the audience the opportunity to experience multiple forms of comedy in one evening. It is this mixture of the various forms of comedy that makes O’Keeffe’s shows unique. Gaps between the various styles of comedy are bridged for performer and audience member alike. Performers from within Improv Jam’s ranks and from the community at large have the rare opportunity to stretch their talents across multiple forms of entertainment in a nurturing environment while audiences are challenged to expand their horizons and educated in forms of comedy they may be less familiar with. ImprovJam alums include Nathan Fillion ( star of ABC's "Castle" ), Lou Taylor Pucci ( star of “Evil Dead”, “The Story of Luke” and the newly released “Spring” ), and Lorene Scafaria ( writer, "Nick and Nora's Infinate Playlist” and “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” ).