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The Groundlings are finding a new kind of applause through the magic of the live chat room. Like all live entertainment forms, the Hollywood-based improv comedy troupe had to reinvent their art form for the digital world in recent pandemic months, turning to online classes and performances.

“Obviously we are a live theater company… now forced to deal with this digital world of video conferencing,” said Leonard Robinson, a company member and teacher who is currently in the cast o HBO’s “Insecure,” in conversation with TheWrap’s Diane Haithman. “We went from not being able to do it to having to do it in, like, a month. We forced ourselves to come out of the theater and figure out a way to connect with the world.”

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Diane Haithman

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