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Thursday 7pm Show
Total BS Improv – Louisville, KY
Total BS brings a unique twist on improv as a two person team. We do short form, long form, skits, and everything inbetween.
The Hystericals – Louisville, KY
The Hystericals are Louisville’s only all women improv team. They were formed as a way to showcase the talents of people who rarely get to be the principal. No longer are they the “token girl” for someone else.
Tenuous Reality – Louisville, KY
TENUOUS REALITY is Alphaeus Green, Jr, Robert Thompson, and Karl Seitz, and they are excited to be one of the newest Improv Teams in the Greater Louisville Area. Striving for Originality, Diversity, Creativity, and Quality, our mission, should we choose to accept it (WE DO!), is to entertain you, our audience.
The Reality is us. We’re here. Come along for the ride. It’s going to be Tenuous.*
*Look, we’re better improvisers than we are writers. Seriously, it’ll be fun.
Zilla Entertainment Group – Louisville, KY
Tag Team Improv Duo consisting of Brad McQueary and Stefan Gearhart crushing cities with their brand of improv comedy wherever they go! Out of Louisville, KY they’re high energy long form style dealing with monsters has been making people come back for more since their inception. City crushing improv comedy at its best!
Thursday 9:30pm Show
Improv Anonymous – Louisville, KY
Improv Anonymous was formed in 2012 and has been one of the top teams in Louisville ever since. Mixing short and long form improv into our performances lets us keep our shows fresh and our improv skills sharp. Improv Anonymous has been a staff pick in the Louisville Eccentric Observer magazine. We perform regularly at both The Bard’s Town and Four Pegs.
One claim to fame for us: we have actually had an audience member pass out from laughing so hard!
Paducah Improv – Paducah, KY
Formed in 2012. We perform a combination of short and long form throughout the midwest.
Project Improv – Louisville, KY
Formed in 2002, Project Improv is Louisville longest-running improv comedy troupe. Project Improv focuses on long-form improvisation and original, experimental formats you won’t see anywhere else. It’s a show that is often weird, occasionally wild, and consistently wonderful.
Over the years, Project Improv Alumni have gone on to perform with some of the most famous names in comedy: The Groundlings, The Second City, iO Chicago and more. Current cast members have received training at iO Chicago, The Annoyance, Upright Citizens Brigade, and Magnet Theater, and have most recently performed at the Compass Improv Festival in St. Louis and Crossroads Comedy Festival in Indianapolis.
History Made Up – Des Moines, IA
History Made Up is an improv comedy podcast that travels the country showcasing all this wonderful local talent. The host, Will Frazier gets local celebrities (meteorologists, sports casters, zoo spokespeople, ect.) to come on and tell a historical story based on their profession. Then Will improvises scenes with local improvisers inspired by that story! History Made Up comes out every Wednesday wherever you get your podcasts.
It started in Des Moines, IA and worked outward to Nebraska, Minnesota, Michigan, Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Utah so far highlighting local improvisers and discovering great local stories. Recently a finalist in the 2018 Contest 4 Improv 4 Humans.
Friday 7:00pm Show
Gonzo Improv – Louisville, KY
Gonzo Improv is one of the newest improv team to Louisville, KY. Dedicated to keeping improv fun for everyone involved, especially you, the audience.
Rhonda – Lexington, KY
Rhonda hails from Lexington, Kentucky. Rhonda can be seen regularly at Stage Box Theater in Lexington performing both short and long form improvisation. Recently seen at the Del Close Marathon in NYC performing in Chelsea at the Upright Citizen Brigade Theater. Rhonda is led and coached by Heather MacDermott Baumann (iO, Annoyance, Second City). We are thrilled to be in Louisville and ready to laugh!
Galapagos – Phoenix, AZ
Having performed countless forms and styles of shows across North America since 2003, Galapagos’s performances are now liquid metal shaped by the suggestion and the group mind. One of the founding groups of The Torch Theatre in Phoenix, they place full commitment, exploring the absurd as a team, and having a blast above all, especially when it involves hijinks like mixing lofty artistic ideals with shameless pop culture tropes. Galapagos is Bill Binder, Jose Gonzalez, Jon Jahrmarkt, Mark Jordan, and Shane Shannon and they love you.
Jonathan Pitts & The Collage – Chicago, IL
Jonathan Pitts is an award-winning international improv theatre artist from Chicago with over 30 years’ experience. He’s a creator, director, improviser, producer, and teacher, and he’s also the Founder and Executive Director of Chicago Improv Productions.
He co-founded the Chicago Improv Festival and produced it for 20 years. He created and produced the College Improv Tournament for 10 years. He was Teen Comedy Fest’s executive producer for 7 years. He’s also the founder and producer of Chicago Podcast Festival for the past 2 years.
He has taught and performed internationally in 12 countries, as well as all over America. He’s performed in over 1,250 improvised shows. He has created the improv shows, “The Make ‘Em Ups”, “The Oracle”, “The Silent Movie”, “Solo Plus One”, “Stopwatch”, and “Storybox Unscripted Theatre”.
He taught at The Second City for 16 years and he’s a contributing writer to their book on improvisation. He taught story-based improv at Piven Theatre Workshop. He’s also taught at 25+ American cities at regional improv fests and improv theatres.
For 3 consecutive years he was selected by New City magazine as one of “Chicago’s Top 50 Theatre Players” and he’s been interviewed about improvisation in books, newspapers, online posts, podcasts, radio, and TV.
Friday 9:30pm Show
After Party – Chicago, IL
After Party is a musical improv group based in Chicago, Illinois. Created in 2016, After Party consists of kickass women who have been featured players with the Second City Training Center, iO Chicago, The Annoyance, ComedySportz, Baby Wants Candy, and Laugh Out Loud. Join these Chicago songbirds for a night of fast-paced comedy made up on the spot!
Two Sketchy Dames – Cincinnati, OH
Eileen and Alison met through OTRimprov in Cincinnati and their friendship was cemented by their mutual love of vintage fashion. Theatre nerds from way back, the two found instant common ground and chemistry. When the world started going to hell in a handbasket, they decided that two things would get them through: wine and comedy. Then, after a lot of wine and a lot of comedy, they started writing down that comedy. But, then they had more wine and lost the three pens they had in their dress pockets, so it was back to spontaneous comedy. And thus, Two Sketchy Dames was born. Their show is a short form/sketch comedy mash up that is fierce and funny.
Let’s call it: La MOD. As in, Ladies Making Outstanding Decisions. Plus, they dress to the nines.
Happy Gas Improv – Bowling Green, KY
Founded in 1999 by WKU students Colin Thornton and Josh Chapman, Happy Gas has grown for nearly two decades entirely under student control. Performing both shortform and longform improv, Happy Gas operates under its motto “The root of comedy is trust.”
The Laser Comedy Show – Chicago, IL
The Laser Comedy Show is a one of a kind, storytelling experience. Performing artist Chris Fair uses Laser Reactive Technology to draw characters and scenery with a cinematic sense on a glow in the dark screen, which the lines fade in moments like a high tech etch-a-sketch. Chris brings the characters to life by voicing them over, creating sound effects, music and continually drawing action to turn a 2-D screen into a 3-D world.
Chris has been a visual artist all of his life, studied art and film at Northern Illinois University and has been performing stand up, improv and sketch comedy since 2004. He has been developing the Laser Comedy Show since early 2011 when his brother introduced him to the technology with his laser reactive clothing company, Hyphy Color. Chris has studied at Chicago’s Notorious Second City, iO, Annoyance, ComedySportz theaters and has performed his signature show coast to coast at improv and comedy festivals.
Saturday 7:00pm Show
Hot Mic – Cincinnati, OH
With musical accompanists, EZ/DZ (Daniel Zimmer, piano. Delmar Davis, guitar), HOT MIC performers Jon Ulrich, Colin Thornton, Tone Branson, Chance Kilgour, Ellyn Broderick, Mary O’Connell, Kelly Morton, and Jenna Yuenger create a fun and unique musical story based on audience suggestion. All of the scenes, the music, and lyrics are made-up on the spot by, what many audiences have called, “magic.”
Laugh Out Loud Theater – Chicago, IL
Laugh Out Loud is a hilarious improv comedy ensemble with two locations in Chicago and Schaumburg, IL. For the past 10 years, they’ve delivered fast-paced and spontaneous shows in the style of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Audience suggestions fuel the funny and make each show a unique gem. Laugh Out Loud also teaches comedy classes and corporate entertainment and training.
Underhanded Improv – Chicago, IL
Two men, tons of puppets, limitless possibilities: Underhanded Improv takes a single piece of advice suggested by the audience and weaves together twisted tales populated with wild, whimsical characters made of fleece and flesh.
Underhanded improv is the perfect fusion of improv and puppetry. From a single piece of advice suggested by the audience Peter and Sam weave together twisted tales populated with wild, whimsical characters made of fleece and flesh.
An Underhanded Improv show might teach you how NOT to handle the situations you would encounter in an after school special, retell some very fractured fairy tales, or show you what Sesame Street would look like after the apocalypse: it all depends on your suggestion.
All the puppets featured in the show are hand built by Sam Locke.
Anarchy: An Improvised Rock Opera – Chicago, IL
ANARCHY: an Improvised Rock Opera is a fully sung, fully improvised rock opera made up of fearless Chicago improvisers and musicians. Each show is a new rebellion and we want you to join the fight.
Saturday 9:30pm Show
I Am The Show – San Diego, CA
This show began in 2014, but had been being kicked around for several years prior. A two-man show, with one human, and one machine. One visual, one audio. One responding, the other giving. The audience picks one show or movie, and CG improvises dialogue, sound effects, and music. If it plays on Hulu, he improvises the commercials.
No 3rd Man: An Improvised Noir – Chicago, IL
An improvised romp through the world of fedoras and femme fatales. Two improvisers create a Noir based on a title suggested by the audience and the only guarantee is that there will be no third man.
Stephen Kadwell is an Associate Artistic Director of Sak Comedy Lab in Orlando, and regularly performs with Offsides Improv. He was also a member of the now-disbanded iO House team Bunk 7 and completed the Second City Conservatory program. Outside of improv, you can find him on the restaurant industry podcast In the Weeds with Chef Ben Randall.
Kayla Tyson studied and performed at Sak Comedy Lab, Second City Chicago Training Center, and iO Chicago, and holds an MFA in Fiction Writing from Columbia College Chicago. As part of her undergraduate studies, she took a class on Film Noir and has been an avid fan of the genre ever since.
Jawesome – Madison, WI
An improv duo originally formed in Madison, WI, JAWESOME is performed by John Steeno and Casem AbuLughod. Performing together since 2011 with the Monkey Business Institute in Madison, Casem and John enjoy exploring any stage they can get their hands on.
Now that they are separated by a Great Lake (John in Michigan and Casem in Wisconsin), JAWESOME provides them the opportunity to maintain their friendship despite the distance. They bring their audiences along for the ride as they catch up by being ridiculous with each other. And hugs.
Kentucky Bill – Louisville, KY
“Kentucky Bill” is a long-form improv duo based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Each performance, Bill and Bill respectively, present a legend from their travels across the country and retell the tale to the best of their memory. It’s our goal to enrich and embellish the story telling experience. It’s your goal to inspire us to make a unique story, but good luck to you sir or madam, for we know every legend ever told. Having been featured at festivals in Kansas City, North Carolina, and the Del Close Marathon in NY, the Bills are ecstatic to bring their special brand of storytelling to the festival audience in their hometown.