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Wednesday, May 11
 

7:00pm

iRev/LNP Opening Event!
Limited Capacity seats available

UC Irvine’s TWO Improv Teams (Live Nude People* [*with clothes on] & Improv Revolution) battle it out – or work together – all for your amusement to launch this EPIC COUP DE COMEDY FESTIVAL! This will be the fifth time in all of history that these two groups will have shared the stage together and it may be the last time – do not miss this incredible event.

Artists
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Improv Revolution

Improv Revolution generates creativity, comedy, and community at and around UC Irvine. | Through a positive approach to improvisation, we construct opportunities for as many people as possible to engage in the creative process and to participate in community. We work on our own and develop partnerships in order to spread the good word of comedy and creativity. We strive to create smart, unifying comedy that is accessible by all.We also do... Read More →
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Live Nude People* with Clothes On

Live Nude People* with Clothes On is an improvisational troupe created in 1996 to battle the injustice of boredom that was spread across the land of Irvine. Empowered by the people of UCI, Live Nudes went on a crusade to allow students, parents, and suburbanites alike, to have something to do every other friday night at 11PM. (Conveniently located at various theaters on campus) | | The full team consists of 12 members that usually break up... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Little Theatre

8:15pm

Razowsky & Clifford Performance!
Limited Capacity seats available

Razowsky & Clifford is a two-person improv show that has become one of LA’s “must see” performances. David Razowsky (Spin City, The Weekenders) and Carrie Clifford (The Slammin’ Salmon, Hollywood Residential) have performed their signature long form style at improv festivals around the globe. They relish in the purist form of improv—starting with nothing. An audience member decides where to place two chairs for the first scene and they’re off and running. This random placement of two chairs dictates the entire performance, and becomes the spring board for a variety of characters and relationships.

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Carrie Clifford

Carrie Clifford is an actress and producer, known for Fun Size (2012), The Slammin' Salmon (2009) and The Babymakers (2012).
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David Razowsky

David Razowsky is the respected teacher and former artistic director of the Second City Los Angeles, and, as an actor, has written and performed in ten Second City Chicago revues. During his tenure as a performer at Second City he worked with Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Garlin, and Amy Sedaris, among others. David directed Second City Chicago Mainstage’s No, Seriously, We’re All Gonna Die, Second City LA’s, Encino... Read More →


Wednesday May 11, 2016 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Little Theatre

9:15pm

Revolutionary Comedy Award, honoring Kay Cannon!
Limited Capacity seats available

The Revolutionary Comedy Award to artists who have not only found commercial success, but also help to make the world a better place. In the past we have honored individuals such as Tony Hale and Keegan-Michael Key. This year we honor Kay Cannon for her tremendous work in comedy and her positive work with individuals and the Steps of Faith Foundation.


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Kay Cannon

Kay Cannon is an American film and television writer and actress who is best known for her work as an Emmy-nominated writer and producer for the NBC series 30 Rock, and writing the screenplay for the Pitch Perfect films. She is also a co-executive producer and writer on New Girl and Netflix's upcoming #GirlBoss.


Wednesday May 11, 2016 9:15pm - 10:30pm
Little Theatre
 
Thursday, May 12
 

4:00pm

The Baker's Dozen Performance!
Limited Capacity seats available

The Baker's Dozen is cutting edge raw talent live on stage. Do you want to see the latest up and coming comedic talents from UC Irvine showcase their scenic improvisational abilities? Join us at this RAW presentation of talent. 

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The Baker's Dozen

The Baker's Dozen is cutting edge raw talent live on stage. Do you want to see the latest up and coming comedic talents from UC Irvine showcase their improvisational abilities? Join us at this RAW presentation of talent.


Thursday May 12, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Little Theatre

5:00pm

Attacking the Stage Workshop with Devin Dugan!
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for an improv workshop by Devin Dugan!

Devin Dugan has appeared in commercials, films, television, radio and is a nine-time published book author. He has also written several plays and directed numerous stage productions. He is best known for being a professional improviser and the creator, owner and artistic director of ImprovCity, a multi-award winning improv troupe based out of Orange County, CA. Besides improv, he is also a veteran stand-up comedian and sketch comedy performer.


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Devin Dugan

Devin Dugan is the founder and artistic director of ImprovCity, a multi-award winning improv comedy troupe based out of Orange County, CA. With over twenty years of improv experience, Devin has performed, taught and trained with numerous troupes across the country, including The National Comedy Theater, The Second City Hollywood, ComedySportz and ComedyCity.  He is a recipient of The Standup Comedy Award and is a ten time published book... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Nixon Theatre

7:00pm

Casualties Performance!
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for an exhilerating performance of sketch comedy straight from their sold out run at Second City Hollywood: "Casualties", who are Jacob Sorling, Jose Acain, Matt Duran, Zoe Moacanin, Elizabeth Reichelt, Taylor Behrens, Ali Pickard, and Danielle Marcucci.

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Casualties

Sketch comedy straight from their sold out run at Second City Hollywood: "Casualties", who are Jacob Sorling, Jose Acain, Matt Duran, Zoe Moacanin, Elizabeth Reichelt, Taylor Behrens, Ali Pickard, and Danielle Marcucci.
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Zoë Rose Moacanin

Zoë Rose Moacanin is an actress, improviser, and stand-up comedienne based in Los Angeles, California. She graduated with a BA in English Literature and dual minors in Spanish Language and Educational Studies from UC Irvine. Though she is an educated woman, she does not consider herself intelligent, as it wasn't until recently that she stopped trying to sound out roman numerals. Apart from sketch comedy at The Second City, Hollywood, Zoe can... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Little Theatre

8:30pm

The Fireturtles Performance!
Limited Capacity seats available

The Fireturtles and an indie comedy Band/troupe and audiences are shocked by the wall of hilarious harmony that comes from this band of fools. The Fireturtles live show is a satire of modern rock concert sending up the music industry, technology, fame and being a fan. They have performed together since 2011 performing at Second City, IO West, UCB, The theatre Complex, The Rouge theatre, and Even “The University of California, Irvine”. They currently have a monthly show in LA at the Nue studio Cafe first Fridays. There first Show was the very popular The Untold Story of Indie Rock, The Birth of Rock and Roll (the 1950’s) and “Self Titled Debut” The Fireturtles are a group of musicians, singers, comedians, actors, writers and filmmakers under the direction of Brett Duggan.


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The Fireturtles

The Fireturtles and an indie comedy Band/troupe and audiences are shocked by the wall of hilarious harmony that comes from this band of fools. The Fireturtles live show is a satire of modern rock concert sending up the music industry, technology, fame and being a fan. They have performed together since 2011 performing at Second City, IO West, UCB, The theatre Complex, The Rouge theatre, and Even “The University of... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Little Theatre

10:00pm

Stand-Up LIVE @ UCI with Zoe Rose Moacanin!
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a night of excellent stand up, hosted by UCI alum Zoe Rose Moacanin!

Artists
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Zoë Rose Moacanin

Zoë Rose Moacanin is an actress, improviser, and stand-up comedienne based in Los Angeles, California. She graduated with a BA in English Literature and dual minors in Spanish Language and Educational Studies from UC Irvine. Though she is an educated woman, she does not consider herself intelligent, as it wasn't until recently that she stopped trying to sound out roman numerals. Apart from sketch comedy at The Second City, Hollywood, Zoe can... Read More →


Thursday May 12, 2016 10:00pm - 11:00pm
Little Theatre
 
Friday, May 13
 

10:00am

Character Voice-Over Workshop with Kiff VandenHeuvel!
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about a creating dynamic characers for Voice Over work with Kiff VanderHuevell, professional actor (on camera and voice over) and host of the popular podcast "All Over Voiceover with Kiff  VH". This workshop will allow individuals to hear about a career in the field as well as learn about tips and techniques to help you in doing VO work.

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Kiff VandenHeuvel

Kiff VandenHeuvel is originally from Grand Rapids, MI and is an alumni of The Second City comedy theatre. Kiff is an accomplished improviser and sketch comedy director, and he teaches voiceover, improv and directing at Second City Hollywood. Kiff has appeared in hundreds of TV and radio commercials and is well known in the video game community as the voice of Zachary Hale Comstock in Bioshock: Infinite, Walter in The Walking Dead video... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Little Theatre

10:00am

Laughter Yoga Workshop with Jeffrey Briar!
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about laughter yoga from one of the best - Jeffrey Briar from The Laughter Yoga Insittiute! AS SEEN ON OPRAH! 

Artists
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Jeffrey Briar

Jeffrey Briar is the Director of the Laughter Yoga Institute based in Laguna Beach, California USA. He began studying Laughter Yoga with Dr. Kataria in 2005 and has since become one of the world’s foremost advocates of this good laughter work.  He loves to assist Dr. Kataria at trainings, and has done so regularly in the USA and Europe since 2006. An enthusiastic and infectiously positive teacher, Jeffrey has been a coach for Laughter... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Studio 5

10:00am

Tao of Comedy Stand Up Workshop with Bobbie Oliver!
Limited Capacity seats available

Bobbie Oliver is a 25-year veteran stand-up comic.  She has been teaching comedy for 10 years.  Over 700 comics have worked with her and her Tao of Comedy Workshops are the number one stand-up workshops in Los Angeles.  Bobbie is the author of The Tao of Comedy: Embrace the Pause and just opened Tao Comedy Studio in Los Angeles. 

She will enlighten you about stand-up and life!

Artists
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Bobbie Oliver

Comedian Bobbie Oliver is one of America’s funniest comics. Her act is smart and irreverent, and she never shies away from personal experience or edgy material. A native of Covington, GA, the city where the Dukes of Hazzard tv series was filmed, by way of Athens, GA, the hippest little city in the South, Bobbie’s Southern charm wins over audiences wherever she performs, never catering to the stereotype of “Southern... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
CAC 3002

12:30pm

Entertainment Career Panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a discussion of the entertainment world with the professionals who work in it!

Artists
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Allen Simpson

Allen Simpson is an L.A.-based composer and songwriter and recently wrote the song “High to be Loathed” for FOX’s The Simpsons, sung by Harry Shearer as Mr. Burns (in the episode “Gorgeous Grandpa”). He was also composer and co-lyricist for the Saturn Award winning musical Fellowship!, a musical parody of The Fellowship of the Ring. He’s written songs for writer/director David Zucker (Airplane!, Police Squad!) and has has created... Read More →
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Bobbie Oliver

Comedian Bobbie Oliver is one of America’s funniest comics. Her act is smart and irreverent, and she never shies away from personal experience or edgy material. A native of Covington, GA, the city where the Dukes of Hazzard tv series was filmed, by way of Athens, GA, the hippest little city in the South, Bobbie’s Southern charm wins over audiences wherever she performs, never catering to the stereotype of “Southern... Read More →
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Kiff VandenHeuvel

Kiff VandenHeuvel is originally from Grand Rapids, MI and is an alumni of The Second City comedy theatre. Kiff is an accomplished improviser and sketch comedy director, and he teaches voiceover, improv and directing at Second City Hollywood. Kiff has appeared in hundreds of TV and radio commercials and is well known in the video game community as the voice of Zachary Hale Comstock in Bioshock: Infinite, Walter in The Walking Dead video... Read More →
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Michael McShane

Mike McShane was one of the regular cast members of “Whose Line is it Anyway” and has performed and taught improvisation for Pixar, Savannah College of Art and Design and many workshops in the United Kingdom. He is a semi-regular with The Comedy Store Players in London, and has performed on Broadway and the West End in London in “La Cage Aux Folles”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Pocket Dream&rdquo... Read More →
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Tracy Burns

Tracy Burns has been teaching and performing internationally for more than 25 years. She teaches acting and improv at Pixar, DreamWorks, Chapman University and California College for the Arts. She has also taught for Disney, Telltale Games, Middlesex University in London, UCLA Extension, Cal State San Bernardino, University of Central Florida and for puppeteers at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Tracy was the director of the improv program at Pepperdine... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Little Theatre

2:00pm

Find the Heat Workshop with Tracy Burns!
Limited Capacity seats available

In Find the Heat, students explore improvising from a physical and emotional place rather than only an intellectual one. Tracy helps students learn to create dynamic tension in a scene, find humor organically and make vulnerability their greatest asset. Participants have an opportunity to build a strong ensemble in a short amount of time and to work together to create interesting and powerful relationships onstage.

Artists
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Tracy Burns

Tracy Burns has been teaching and performing internationally for more than 25 years. She teaches acting and improv at Pixar, DreamWorks, Chapman University and California College for the Arts. She has also taught for Disney, Telltale Games, Middlesex University in London, UCLA Extension, Cal State San Bernardino, University of Central Florida and for puppeteers at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Tracy was the director of the improv program at Pepperdine... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
MAB 129

2:00pm

Improvisation with Kiff VandenHeuvel Workshop!
Limited Capacity seats available

An energetic exploration of improvisation, featuring fun and fast games and concepts in an improv jam style of play.

Artists
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Kiff VandenHeuvel

Kiff VandenHeuvel is originally from Grand Rapids, MI and is an alumni of The Second City comedy theatre. Kiff is an accomplished improviser and sketch comedy director, and he teaches voiceover, improv and directing at Second City Hollywood. Kiff has appeared in hundreds of TV and radio commercials and is well known in the video game community as the voice of Zachary Hale Comstock in Bioshock: Infinite, Walter in The Walking Dead video... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Little Theatre

2:00pm

Musical Improv with Allen Simpson!
Limited Capacity seats available

Allen Simpson‘s Musical Improv Workshop makes improv singing fun and exciting. It doesn't matter whether you're a beginner or an experienced singer, Allen's workshop has something for everyone. Taught in an encouraging and supportive atmosphere, Allen provides participants with many tools for improvising songs, including song structure, rhyming techniques, how to end a song, different music styles and more. One of the best aspects of the workshop is the confidence that players will take with them not only into their musical improv but also into all areas of their performing.

Artists
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Allen Simpson

Allen Simpson is an L.A.-based composer and songwriter and recently wrote the song “High to be Loathed” for FOX’s The Simpsons, sung by Harry Shearer as Mr. Burns (in the episode “Gorgeous Grandpa”). He was also composer and co-lyricist for the Saturn Award winning musical Fellowship!, a musical parody of The Fellowship of the Ring. He’s written songs for writer/director David Zucker (Airplane!, Police Squad!) and has has created... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
CAC 3002

2:00pm

The Art of Clowning with Eli Simon!
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about clowning from the maestro of clowning! Select individuals will be given an opporutnity to participate in exploring their inner clown.

Artists
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Eli Simon

University of California, Irvine
Eli Simon is a Chancellor’s Professor of Acting at the University of California, Irvine. During his tenure at UC Irvine, he served for five years as Chair of Drama and, prior to that, for eleven years as Head of Acting. Simon has directed productions across the country and overseas, specializing in the development of original clown shows, commedias, American classics, Shakespeare, and musicals. Theatres include the National Theater of Romania... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Studio 4

4:30pm

The Resistance Improvisation Workshop!
Limited Capacity filling up

Learn about the improvisational approach that the action.improv.comedy. ensemble The Resistance utilizes in their work!

Artists
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The Resistance

Bio Video: CLICK HERE NOW IF YOU WANT TO LIVE! | The Resistance is a completely improvised action movie performed live on stage at The Comedy Sportz Theater in Los Angeles. | Starring: Kurt Scholler, Derek Mears, Chris Mathieu, Ryan Marsico, Kurt David Maloney, Justin Michael Terry | Soundtrack: Scott Passarella, Jason Murphy


Friday May 13, 2016 4:30pm - 6:30pm
CAC 3002

5:30pm

Sparks to Fire Performance!
Limited Capacity seats available

Sparks to Fire is a show where the worlds of Stand up and Improv comedy collide! Hosted by Brian J Hunt, Sparks to Fire is a fast paced show that is guaranteed to burn the house down! Featuring comedians from Family Guy, Key & Peele, Workaholics and more! 

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Brian J. Hunt

Brian J Hunt - BAM! Brian is originally from Denver, Colorado and found his way to LA by Chicago. When Brian isn't improvising, he is performing Stand Up all across the country.BOOM!  He is a grad of Second City, IO Chicago, Upright Citizens Brigade, and the Groundlings' writing lab. Brian has appeared in numerous commercials, films, and short videos. ROUNDHOUSE KICK!


Friday May 13, 2016 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Little Theatre

7:00pm

Michael McShane 
& Tracy Burns w/ musical accompaniment by 
Allen Simpson Performance!
Limited Capacity seats available

Michael McShane & Tracy Burns rock the stage with musical accompaniment by Allen Simpson. You will not be disappointed.


Artists
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Allen Simpson

Allen Simpson is an L.A.-based composer and songwriter and recently wrote the song “High to be Loathed” for FOX’s The Simpsons, sung by Harry Shearer as Mr. Burns (in the episode “Gorgeous Grandpa”). He was also composer and co-lyricist for the Saturn Award winning musical Fellowship!, a musical parody of The Fellowship of the Ring. He’s written songs for writer/director David Zucker (Airplane!, Police Squad!) and has has created... Read More →
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Michael McShane

Mike McShane was one of the regular cast members of “Whose Line is it Anyway” and has performed and taught improvisation for Pixar, Savannah College of Art and Design and many workshops in the United Kingdom. He is a semi-regular with The Comedy Store Players in London, and has performed on Broadway and the West End in London in “La Cage Aux Folles”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “The Pocket Dream&rdquo... Read More →
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Tracy Burns

Tracy Burns has been teaching and performing internationally for more than 25 years. She teaches acting and improv at Pixar, DreamWorks, Chapman University and California College for the Arts. She has also taught for Disney, Telltale Games, Middlesex University in London, UCLA Extension, Cal State San Bernardino, University of Central Florida and for puppeteers at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Tracy was the director of the improv program at Pepperdine... Read More →


Friday May 13, 2016 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Little Theatre

8:30pm

The Resistance Performance!
Limited Capacity seats available

Artists
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The Resistance

Bio Video: CLICK HERE NOW IF YOU WANT TO LIVE! | The Resistance is a completely improvised action movie performed live on stage at The Comedy Sportz Theater in Los Angeles. | Starring: Kurt Scholler, Derek Mears, Chris Mathieu, Ryan Marsico, Kurt David Maloney, Justin Michael Terry | Soundtrack: Scott Passarella, Jason Murphy


Friday May 13, 2016 8:30pm - 9:30pm
Little Theatre
 
Saturday, May 14
 

10:00am

"Why Humor is Important" Screening!
Limited Capacity seats available

A screening of the dynamic speaker Izzy Gessell at the  University of  Michigan Cancer Survivor Day celebration on Becoming Light Hearted: Managing Stress Through Humor, essentially Why Humor is Important. Come be enlightened. 

Artists
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Izzy Gessell

Izzy Gesell, M.ED, CSP  is a keynote speaker, group facilitator, author and presentation coach.He is the author of Playing Along: Group Learning Activities Borrowed From Improvisation Theater, a co-author of Cancer & the Healing Power of Play, a co-author of Humor Me: America’s Funniest Humorists on the Power of Laughter, and a contributor of a chapter on Improvisation as a facilitation tool in the IAF Group Facilitators... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am
MAB 129

10:00am

Does the Scene Need You? Workshop with Impro Theatre's Brian Lohmann!
Limited Capacity seats available

Does the Scene Need You? How to use entrances and exits to energize the stage Ever been stuck onstage and wondered how to get the heck off? Ever come into a scene and felt everything fizzle out and not know why?  This workshop will explore the alchemy of entrances and exits.  How do you know when it’s time to leave? When is the magic double-dutch jump-rope minute to enter? What can we learn from master playwrights like Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams about entrances and exits?  Learn how these two simple actions create change and force transitions to help your scenes be more dynamic and compelling.    

Recommended for intermediate and advanced improvisers.

Artists
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Brian Lohmann

Brian Lohmann (Impro Theatre Associate Artistic Director) For Impro, Brian has directed L.A. Noir UnScripted (Oregon Shakespeare Festival mainstage), Tennessee Williams UnScripted (Odyssey Theater/South Coast Rep), Dickens UnScripted (Broad Stage) and Shakespeare UnScripted (OSF Green Show). He directed and composed the score for The Servant of Two Masters at Pepperdine University... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm
Nixon Theatre

11:00am

The Second City's Really Awesome Improv Show!
Limited Capacity seats available

The Really Awesome Improv Show has been voted by LA Magazine as “BEST KIDS’ COMEDY SHOW!” For the past 5 years, 7 players from a rotating cast take The Second City Hollywood stage for a fun (and appropriate) show called THE REALLY AWESOME IMPROV SHOW! Designed for ages 2yrs-200, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation, is great for the whole family, and was voted “Best Kids’ comedy Show” by LA Magazine! Because there’s a rotating cast you’ll see a different cast and games each week! 

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Really Awesome Improv Show, The

The Second City Hollywood
The Really Awesome Improv Show has been voted by LA Magazine as “BEST KIDS’ COMEDY SHOW!” For the past 5 years, 7 players from a rotating cast take The Second City Hollywood stage for a fun (and appropriate) show called THE REALLY AWESOME IMPROV SHOW! Designed for ages 2yrs-200, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation, is great for the whole family, and was voted “Best... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Little Theatre

12:30pm

The Origins of Improvisation with Aretha Sills!
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us for a conversation with Aretha Sills, granddaughter of Viola Spolin!

Artists
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Aretha Sills

Aretha Sills is the granddaughter of Viola Spolin. She studied theater games for many years with her father, director Paul Sills, and has conducted workshops at Paul Sills' Wisconsin Theater Game Center, Bard College, Northwestern University, and around the country. She is the Associate Director of Sills/Spolin Theater Works. Aretha was recently nominated for an INNY Award for Best Improvisation Instructor and was the keynote speaker at the... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Little Theatre

2:00pm

Devising Through Improvisation Workshop with Brett Duggan!
Limited Capacity seats available

Devising through Improvisation will be an introduction to creating repeatable and/or writing material from improvisation. We will start with creative atmosphere, and direction explore working from themes and finally creating, sketches, movement and songs from improvisation. We request that attendees have some improv experiences beyond the most basic. 


Artists
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Brett Duggan

Brett Duggan is a passionate practitioner and teacher of the art of acting and comedy. He brings to the stage and his students over 25 years of experience, including acting in, writing for and directing professional comedy troupes, working as a touring stand-up comic in clubs and colleges nation wide, and acting in every style of theatre from Shakespeare to Mamet to Musical Theatre. Mr. Duggan has taught acting... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Nixon Theatre

2:00pm

Keith Johnstone Improvisation Workshop with Theresa Dudeck!
Limited Capacity seats available

“We have to know why the games exist, or they’ll be misused” ~ Keith Johnstone.  In other words, know your improvisational theory!  This workshop will focus on key foundational theories of the Impro System as participants learn and engage in several of Johnstone’s most popular games and techniques.          

“Just as every scientific theory implies a range of experiments, so each improvisation theory implies a set of games.  We have to know why the games exist, or they’ll be misused”  ~ Keith Johnstone 

Keith Johnstone’s celebrated work as an innovator of impro began over 50 years ago at London’s Royal Court Theatre.  Today, classrooms everywhere—within and beyond the traditional theatre—apply the Impro System into their curriculum. Theresa R. Dudeck, Ph.D., argues in her book Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography (London: Bloomsbury, 2013) that the Impro System is a “system” because it cannot be reduced down to its parts without decreasing its efficacy.  But because Johnstone’s work has also had extensive commercial success, the fundamentals (i.e., the underpinning theories) of the system often get compromised and impro gets branded as competitive or in ways that do not express its infinite possibilities.  Like Johnstone, Dudeck understands the importance of incorporating the theories into the range of applied impro courses she teaches at Chapman University; because once students grasp the theories, it becomes possible for them to identify how an exercise, game, or technique can be applied to solve problems in diverse situations.

This workshop will focus on the key theories underpinning Johnstone’s unique system of improvisational training as participants engage in several of Johnstone’s most popular games, exercises, and techniques.  Dudeck hopes this workshop will inspire participants to re-evaluate their understanding of the Impro System and promote further dialogue on how the system can be applied to actor training, business, personal growth, and beyond.


Artists
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Theresa Dudeck

Instructor, Chapman University
Theresa Robbins Dudeck, Ph.D., is a professor at Chapman University where she teaches Impro for Leadership, Theatre for Social Change, Impro for Actors, and other core theatre courses.  Dr. Dudeck is considered one of the foremost scholar/practitioners of the work of improvisational theatre pioneer Keith Johnstone.  Her recently published biography on Johnstone has sold thousands of copies worldwide and has just been translated... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
MAB 129

2:00pm

The Second City Long Form Workshop with Celeste Pechous!
Limited Capacity seats available

Artists
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Celeste Pechous

Celeste Pechous has been kicking the comedy improv tires for the last two decades.  As an alumnae of the National Touring Company with Second City, Pechous performed comedy all over the world.  She has trained and performed at the Second City, iO Chicago/LA, and The Annoyance Theatres.  Pechous was honored Best Actress for her work inThe Clan at the Midwest Film Festival and recently honored Best Actress from the Downtown LA... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
MAB 125

2:00pm

The Second City Musical Workshop with Scott Passarella!
Limited Capacity seats available

Artists
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Scott Passarella

Scott Passarella is an improviser and musician from the great state of California. He began learning improv through ComedySportz LA, where he currently performs on the mainstage. As a music director, he has had the privilege to play for The Second City’s Touring Company, The Made-Up Game Show with Wayne Brady, and the amazing Story Pirates, in addition to multitudes of shows at the UCB Theater, The Improv Comedy Lab, Comedy Central... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 2:00pm - 4:00pm
CAC 3002

3:00pm

Moyer & Monroe Performance!
Limited Capacity seats available

Sisters from another mother improv.

Maribeth Monroe and Jaime Moyer have performed their two man show at theaters all over the country, including headlining spots at The Dallas Comedy Festival, Femprov Fest, and Out of Bounds. Combined they have over 25 years of improv experience, which is weird because they're both just 21 years old.


Artists
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Jaime Moyer

Jaime Moyer is an alum of The Second City-Detroit, and is a current member of the acting unions SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She has been improvising and teaching improvisation for over ten years. Jaime was awarded the sole prize of Maestro at The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas in 2011. She has appeared on Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, Jennifer Falls, and has a recurring role on Disney's KC Undercover. Jaime is the creator of the... Read More →
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Maribeth Monroe

Maribeth Monroe has played "Alice Murphy" on Workaholics for 6 seasons now. In 2015 she was a series regular on HBO's "The Brink" where she played opposite Tim Robbins as Chief of Staff "Kendra Peterson". She has guest starred on many network shows including: Modern Family, Parks and Recreation, IFC's new hit show Maron, Key and Peele, Hannah Montana, According to Jim and was a series regular on NBC's "Thank God You're Here". Her film work... Read More →
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Moyer & Monroe

Maribeth Monroe and Jaime Moyer have performed their two man show at theaters all over the country, including headlining spots at The Dallas Comedy Festival, Femprov Fest, and Out of Bounds. Combined they have over 25 years of improv experience, which is weird because they're both just 21 years old.


Saturday May 14, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Nixon Theatre

4:00pm

Red Door Performance!
Limited Capacity seats available

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Red Door

Red Door began as a Cage Match team in January of 2014. Wanting to combine their love of Character, Space Work, Environment and Fun, Red Door met that fateful night on the iO West main stage, and stayed there for 38 consecutive weeks. Red Door went on to become a staple of LA Indie improv shenanigans, winning the LA Improv Comedy Festival Cage Match Tournament of Champions, being nominated for a Del Close Award for Best New Team, and more... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Nixon Theatre

4:15pm

Character Wheel Workshop with Jaime Moyer!
Limited Capacity seats available

Character Wheel - In this workshop we will work on ways to create and sustain characters in the moment.  Through details and heightening this course will help you play anyone but yourself.  We will also make sure we are creating characters not caricatures.


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Jaime Moyer

Jaime Moyer is an alum of The Second City-Detroit, and is a current member of the acting unions SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She has been improvising and teaching improvisation for over ten years. Jaime was awarded the sole prize of Maestro at The Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas in 2011. She has appeared on Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, Jennifer Falls, and has a recurring role on Disney's KC Undercover. Jaime is the creator of the... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:15pm - 6:15pm
CAC 3002

4:15pm

Improv Workshop with Ricardo Rocha!
Limited Capacity seats available

Explore improviational concepts with this exciting workshop!

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Ricardo Rocha

Ricardo Rocha is a Colombian American educator, actor, and stage director Ricardo Rocha holds an MA in Foreign Language, Literature and Translation with an emphasis in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin, and a BA from UC Berkeley in Comparative Literature. His research interests include the adaptation, theory and performance of Latin American Literature on American stages.  Some of Ricardo’s favorite... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 4:15pm - 6:15pm
MAB 129

5:00pm

KAREN (Nerdist) Performance!
Limited Capacity seats available

KAREN is a multi-racial multi-cultural improv team that performs at the Nerdist Stage every Sunday at 7, next to Meltdown Comics. Our team members (Tony Tucker, Stephanie Merlo, Nick Casalini, Ashley Blevins, Muriel Montgomery, Mike Hughes, Randy Thompson, and me, Mario Hernandez) are all veterans of television, film, the theater, and online content.

The Nerdist Stage is where graduates of the Nerdist School perform weekly, along with a variety of sketch, improv, stand-up, and storytelling comedians from everywhere. The Nerdist School is one of Chris Hardwick's many-headed beasts under this Nerdist umbrella. Sundays are House Team nights with three hours of improv starting at 7PM and including a weekly faculty show.


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KAREN

KAREN is a multi-racial multi-cultural improv team that performs at the Nerdist Stage every Sunday at 7, next to Meltdown Comics. Our team members (Tony Tucker, Stephanie Merlo, Nick Casalini, Ashley Blevins, Muriel Montgomery, Mike Hughes, Randy Thompson, and me, Mario Hernandez) are all veterans of television, film, the theater, and online content. | The Nerdist Stage is where graduates of the Nerdist School perform weekly, along with a variety... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Nixon Theatre

6:30pm

Impro Tennessee Williams UnScripted!
Limited Capacity seats available

Passionate, smoldering secrets lurk beneath the surface of genteel society – and explode in a comical climax of accusation, confession and calamity.  Inspired by American master playwright Tennessee Williams’ rollicking storytelling and delicious language, Impro Theatre starts with a single audience suggestion and builds improvised, full-length plays that are hilarious, yet tender as a Southern belle’s broken heart.  This performance is a shortened version of Impro Theatre's popular hit show -- coming in June to the Falcon Theatre in Burbank -- and will be followed by a talk back. (http://improtheatre.com/styles/tennessee-williams-unscripted/

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Brian Lohmann

Brian Lohmann (Impro Theatre Associate Artistic Director) For Impro, Brian has directed L.A. Noir UnScripted (Oregon Shakespeare Festival mainstage), Tennessee Williams UnScripted (Odyssey Theater/South Coast Rep), Dickens UnScripted (Broad Stage) and Shakespeare UnScripted (OSF Green Show). He directed and composed the score for The Servant of Two Masters at Pepperdine University... Read More →
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Impro Theatre

Impro Theatre creates completely improvised, full-length plays in the styles of the world’s greatest playwrights, authors and composers. With no pre-planning or prepared scenarios, the performers combine verbal dexterity and robust physicality to bring character and plot to life in an instant, making each Impro Theatre show unique and unlike any other theatrical experience.Founded as Los Angeles Theatresports in 1988, Impro Theatre has... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Little Theatre

9:00pm

Epic Closing Event: The Black Version
Limited Capacity seats available

"The Black Version is a completely improvised show that was created and performed to all sold out houses at The Groundlings Theatre starting in 2010. Rolling Stone Magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast "A Comedic A Team", LA Weekly says it's " Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of Belly Laughs" and the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"!

The all African American cast of regulars includes show creator Jordan Black along with other comedy veterans Cedric Yarbrough, Gary Anthony Williams, Daniele Gaither, and Phil LaMarr all under the direction of Karen Maruyama. Past special guest performers include Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele (former original cast members) along with special guest performers such as Wayne Brady, Niecey Nash, Nyima Funk, Jerry Minor and Angela V. Shelton among others who come and perform in the show from time to time.

Along with the Groundlings Theater The Black Version has performed in San Francisco at the SketchFest comedy festival as well as the Louisville Improv Festival.

This talented cast has vast film and television credits ranging from Mad TV and Saturday Night Live to the Boondocks and Reno 911 and dozens more.

The show begins when the director asks the audience to suggest a popular film title and then the cast, right there on the spot, improvise the “black version” of that film.

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The Black Version

"The Black Version is a completely improvised show that was created and performed to all sold out houses at The Groundlings Theatre starting in 2010. Rolling Stone Magazine calls the show "Hot" and the cast "A Comedic A Team", LA Weekly says it's " Red Hot" and "Scores more than it's share of Belly Laughs" and the LA Times calls the show "A Winner"! | | The all African American cast of regulars includes show creator Jordan Black along with other... Read More →


Saturday May 14, 2016 9:00pm - 10:00pm
Little Theatre