Improvised Sitcom / Ripley
Jan
29
9:00 PM21:00

Improvised Sitcom / Ripley

Sitcom is a Chicago-based troupe that performs a fully improvised show using the themes, character types, and stories from traditional sitcoms. Based on an audience suggestion of a show title, the group will perform an entire situational comedy pilot from scratch.  After the show, you’ll want to run home and binge the rest of the season!  Improvised Sitcom is Michael Gomez, McKenzie Morrell, Peter Ritt, Matthew Sadler, Katelyn Woolcott, and Tina Arfaee.

 They'll be there for you.

They'll be there for you.

 

Ripley is an LA-based, all-female team composed of performers from Impro Theatre who improvise a full, dystopian narrative.  The seven “Ripleys” will tell you the stories of courageous heroes, terrifying villains, epic love, and unknown adventure.  They’ll transform the stage into an ancient and misty forest, a crash-landing spaceship, the back room of the local video store, or wherever your suggestion transports them. Don't worry, they'll stand with you.  Escape with them into a story that's never been told before and will never be told again.  Ripley is Madi Goff, Laurie Jones, Kelly Lohman, Sara Mountjoy-Pepka, Aliza Pearl, Amanda Troop, and Jessica Lynn Verdi.

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Pitch, Please! / Stormchaser
Jan
29
8:00 PM20:00

Pitch, Please! / Stormchaser

Pitch, Please! creates a fully improvised, a cappella, one-act musical out of thin air. Armed with a single suggestion from the audience, Pitch, Please! is an LA based-troupe that delves into scenes, songs, dance breaks, heart breaks and character breaks all without the help of a piano. When it comes time to sing, the improvisers on stage create all the accompaniment they need with their own vocal cords, laying down bass lines, melodies, harmonies, ooo’s, ahhhhhh’s, and beats on the spot. If you liked Pitch Perfect, you’ll love Pitch, Please! If you hated Pitch Perfect, your opinion is wrong.  Pitch, Please! is Bev Bailey, JD Defour, Elise Dubois, Matt Gottlieb, Mary Haughie, Casey Lawrence, Jeff Locker, and Leslie Nesbit.

Stormchaser is an LA-based improv team that strives to do risky and seamless work. They improvise scenes as well as our form. From monoscenes to monologues, french edits to soft edits, and Anatasha touching someone to Jess not being comfortable with it, they work to emulate the ideas of Bruce Lee “One will have a formless form. It is like ice dissolving in water. When one has no form, one can be all forms; when one has no style, he can fit in with any style.”  Stormchaser is Anatasha Blakely, Travis Lincoln Cox, Jesse Kubanet, Andrew Pish, and Jess Uhler.

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Cusack / Power-Up
Jan
29
7:00 PM19:00

Cusack / Power-Up

Cusack formed from the iOWest Training Center, when all 6 members became enamored with each other and their playing style. Each member brings a unique take to Improv, and like Voltron, when they are all together, magic happens.  This will be Cusack’s second year at the Hollywood Improv Festival.  Cusack is Alex Ball, Derrick Denicola, Caroline Ficksman, Japheth Gordon, Joe Mortimer, Katy Rosin, and Michael Terrence.

 

What happens when six, adults with attitude band together to fight the powers of evil with comedy?  Laughs, mostly.  Power-Up is a diverse group of LA guys who have performed in various venues across LA, their most recent residency is at the Westside Comedy Theatre where they perform “First Date Live” a show in which one of the members goes on a real first date in front of an audience which then inspires an improv set afterwards.  It’s awkward.  It’s awesome.  Power-Up is Ray Timmons, Max Crandall, Jonny Cruz, Landon Kirksey, Igor Hiller, and Jeffrey Thompson.

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The Improv Summit Part 2: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation
Jan
29
4:00 PM16:00

The Improv Summit Part 2: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

The Improv Summit brings representatives from all the major improv schools and theatres in Los Angeles to discuss issues and topics that are relevant to the community.  This year, we’ll be discussing neurodiversity (ADHD, the autism spectrum, mental illness) as well as sex, race, and gender. 

Sunday's panel on race, gender, and sexual orientation will be hosted by Konstantine Anthony and will feature:

  • Nick Armstrong (Westside Comedy Theater)

  • Marina Mastros (iO West)

  • Lyric Lewis (The Groundlings)

  • Emily Candini (The Pack Theater)

  • Eddie Quintana (ComedySportz LA)

  • Gina Ippolito (The Improv Space)

  • Mirage Thrams (Second City Hollywood)

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B.E.T.H. / Off One Letter
Jan
28
10:00 PM22:00

B.E.T.H. / Off One Letter

B.E.T.H. is an LA comedy duo focused on relationships and big characters.  Audiences at festivals and theatres in North America have been wowed by their high-energy and sense of playfulness in their scenes; however, no one has yet to figure out what the letters in B.E.T.H. stand for.  Perhaps you’ll be the first to figure it out?  B.E.T.H. is Elizabeth Reichelt and Paige Fockler.

  

Off One Letter formed an immediate connection after meeting at an improv drop-in class at Leela in San Francisco, and that led them to create a long-form improv duo called Off One Letter. Drawing inspiration from an audience member’s recent text message, Erin and Erik explore a variety of characters and relationships through a series of playful and grounded scenes. Sometimes funny. Sometimes dramatic. Always real. Off One Letter is Erin Daruszka and Erik Rogers.

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Efficient Office Practices / Landry & Summers
Jan
28
9:00 PM21:00

Efficient Office Practices / Landry & Summers

EOP (whose full name, Efficient Office Practices, is regrettable and therefore usually abbreviated) is a long-form improv team based in San Francisco. A small but lively group, EOP is known for their fast, smart style of play and extreme fondness for each other. They can be found performing Tuesday night in “Night School” at Stagewerx in The Mission, and all other nights making friendship bracelets in their side-by-side twin beds.  Efficient Office Practices is Corinne Allarde, Lexi Diamond, Mike Schubert, Jeremy Shuback, and Salvatore Testa.

 There is no weakest link in this chain of comedy.

There is no weakest link in this chain of comedy.

 

Landry & Summers is composed of two veteran improvisers, who also happen to be married.  They’re known for their grounded, slice-of-life scenes that make you feel like you’re eavesdropping on a conversation.  This will be their second year at the Hollywood Improv Festival, and this show is part of their farewell LA tour.  Come see them before you can’t see them again!  Landry & Summers is Shaun Landry and Hans Summers.

 #truelove

#truelove

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Wichita / Luxury Singles Cruise
Jan
28
8:00 PM20:00

Wichita / Luxury Singles Cruise

Witchita is Natasha Milner, Ethan Wolferman, Scott Schnurr, Christina Lopez, Leah Knauer, Roberto Lewis, David Morris, Carrie Long, and Andy McDuffie.Wichita is a house team at the Westside Comedy Theater in Santa Monica, California. They were put together by the higher powers (read: the theatre owners) and have been having fun together ever since. From indie shows to our regular slot on Monday nights, they perform the Harold to eager audiences all around LA.  If you laugh real hard, they might even buy you a drink afterwards.  Wichita is Greg Giebel, Thom Zelenka, Scott Schnurr, Ethan Wolferman, Leah Knauer, Jack Zullo, Roberto Lewis, Christina Lopez, and Jeff Feazell.

 Just a normal day in comedy.

Just a normal day in comedy.

 

Luxury Cruise Singles Mixer was formed through Leela Improv in San Francisco. The seven players bonded over their shared passion for comedy, and began honing their style.  Come sail away to a fake-believe paradise with the Luxury Cruise Singles Mixer. Let the Singles be your guides with their quick-witted, top of your intelligence comedy and intricately woven narratives.  Luxury Singles Cruise is Emmanuel Ameisen, Amy Clark, Mike Griffith, Mark McClarty, Daniel Moreh, Michael Peng, Peter Robinson, and Ryan Schleeter.

 All members of this team are professional stock-photo models.

All members of this team are professional stock-photo models.

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The Improv Summit Part 1: Neurodiversity
Jan
28
5:00 PM17:00

The Improv Summit Part 1: Neurodiversity

The Improv Summit brings representatives from all the major improv schools and theatres in Los Angeles to discuss issues and topics that are relevant to the community.  This year, we’ll be discussing neurodiversity (ADHD, the autism spectrum, mental illness) as well as sex, race, and gender.

Saturday's Panel on Neurodiversity will be hosted by Konstantine Anthony and will feature:

  • Bill Chott (The Improv Trick)

  • Nick Massouh (Impro Theatre)

  • Robert Adler (Adler Improv)

  • Dallas James (LA Connection)

  • Daniel Younathan (The Nerdist School), 

 

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Ebony Essence Jet / Melissa?!
Jan
27
10:00 PM22:00

Ebony Essence Jet / Melissa?!

EbonyEssenceJet was created when six female, African-American improvisers saw a lack of their voice in the Chicago improv community. Five of the women had either gone through or were going through professional improv training at prestigious institutions when they realized that typecasting and stereotypes in sketch comedy was an issue. EbonyEssenceJet was created as a group for exploring thoughts, ideas, and viewpoints in improv without thinking about the actor's outward appearance. Ebony Essence Jet is Ashley Bland, SaLesha "Lele" Mason, Kimberly Banks, and Briané Goodrum.

 

 

The story of Melissa?! isn't a story of women nor improv groups. It is a story for everyone who has felt a part of something magical. Coming from all corners of the world to Los Angeles, Melissa?! bonded over their love of improv craziness, fart jokes, sexual innuendo, and chalk art to form the best improv group IN THE WORLD!! Their talents combined produce a show like you have never seen.  Melissa?! is Christina Lopez, Allison Reese, Marianne Smith, and Valerie Vasilas.

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Great Personality / Pretty Much Sisters
Jan
27
9:00 PM21:00

Great Personality / Pretty Much Sisters

Great Personality was born when a group of UCB-trained improvisers from LA wanted to start an all-Asian improv team.  They eventually realized that diversity gave their group a fun dynamic, so they added a few token non-Asian players. Great Personality is Elaine Chu, Brian Sounalath, Maikiko James, John Dardenne, Natasha Rose Capener, Dyani Rejae, and Blake Wilding.

 Great Personality with their patented great personalities.

Great Personality with their patented great personalities.

 

Pretty Much Sisters is an all-lady long form improv team from Atlanta, GA. Founded in 2014, the team performs around the city at Harold Nights and variety shows. The team has quickly become known for their interesting invocation -- a La Ronde set in a location inspired by the audience’s suggestion.  Their goal is bring lady improv goodness to all corners of the country and beyond! Pretty Much Sisters is Lexi Burdette-Martin, Rachel Garbus, Victoria Frangoulis, Kenzie Rowland, Lauren Schmuck, Kerri Pettey, and Cayla Priest.

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Crucifictorious / YUM!
Jan
27
8:00 PM20:00

Crucifictorious / YUM!

Crucifictorious is an LA-based improv team in every sense of the word.  They don’t just improvise their scenes, but they also improvise a new form every show.  Each show brings something new and unique that will truly never be seen ever again.  Crucifictorious is Allan Johnson, Charlie May, Jeffrey Thompson, Mark Ilvedson, Ryan Plourde, and Josh Alan.  This will be the team’s second year at the Hollywood Improv Festival.

 

YUM! is a San Francisco-based team whose improvised scenes are inspired by authentic and deeply personal monologues which cover the whole gamut of human experiences, including queer and polyamorous relationships. As one of Leela's performing improv ensembles, they embody Leela's philosophy of truthful artistic play.  YUM! is Michael Ashkar, Adrian Bosada, Dominica Malcolm, Chris Obermiller, Dillon Thomas, Casey Trujillo, and Heather Field.

 YUM! relaxing all cool

YUM! relaxing all cool

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