City Impro’s Guide to Improv at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017

I’m so incredibly excited about taking our “Bright Lights, Big City Impro” show to Edinburgh next month that I’ve attempted to go through the whole official Edinburgh Fringe brochure to see what other improv shows there are. I’ve tried to stick to shows that are pure improv rather than containing some improv elements and I’ve probably missed a few so do let me know if I’ve missed anything.

I present to you my guide to improv at the Edinburgh Fringe….

Aaaand Now for Something Completely Improvised

Aug 2-28 (not 16) – 12:00 – Pleasance Dome

One of the performers from Racing Minds (Dylan) has lead workshops with us over the last year where I’ve learnt so much and had a lot of fun. This is an improvised comic adventure with the premise being a doddery grandfather can’t remember his ripping yarn. The show has sold out at the Fringe for three years running and I’ve heard so many good things about this show and I can’t wait to see it.

Abandoman’s Rob Broderick – The Musical in My Mind

Aug 3-27 (not 14) – 18:00 – Assembly George Square Gardens

I’ve seen Abandoman many times, Rob Broderick is such an amazing performer and has this amazingly witting and charming character that you just warm to him when he’s on stage. This show promises that the world’s biggest hip-hop musical will be written. I urge you to check-out the video of Abandoman on Eight out of Ten Cats does Countdown to see just how talented he is.

Absolute Improv!

Aug 4-26 (not 6) – 18:35 – theSpace on Niddry Street

One of Edinburgh’s own improv companies who I had the pleasure of seeing a few years ago at the Brighton Fringe. A really fun show full of fast-paced sketches and one you’ll come away laughing from.

Adventures of the Improvised Sherlock Holmes

Aug 3-27 (not 14) – 15:00 – Just the Tonic at The Community Project

I’m a huge fan of Sherlock so this improvised Sherlock Holmes adventure is right up my street (and hopefully better than the last episode of series 4 of Sherlock!). Brought to you by Racing Minds and members of Impromptu Shakespeare, I can’t wait to catch this show.

Any Suggestions, Doctor? An Improvised Adventure in Space and Time

Aug 4-27 (not 14 or 21) – 16:00 – Sweet Grassmarket

An improvised Doctor Who episode. I heard that people really enjoyed the show at the Brighton Fringe this year, so I’m looking forward to seeing this in Edinburgh. Now we know who the 13th Doctor is going to be, I suppose that makes this show have the 14th Doctor.

Anything Can Be a Podcast Returns Again for the Third Time! With John Hastings

Aug 3-27 (not 14) – 17:30 – Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire

An hour of improvised comedy by John Hastings where each show is recorded as a podcast and released. I’ve listened to some recordings from previous years and if you are attending this year you are in for a treat.

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation

Aug 21-26 – 17:10 – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

I’ve seen the HumanMachine perform solo and it’s amazing seeing a robot doing an improv scene with a human. Although I’ve not seen the two robot, two humans show I’ve heard lots of good things about it. For Edinburgh rather than having the humans and robots in different time zones everyone is going to be together in one room, so slightly less technology required than previously!

Austentatious

Aug 3-28 (not 15) 13:30 – Underbelly

I’ve seen Austentatious lots of times the last few years and the shows have always been fantastic. A great premise in improvising a new Jane Austen novel at each show (some of which I think have been better than actual Jane Austen books!). Featuring a cast of some of the UK’s best improvisers, I urge you to go and see this show and see improvised theatre at its finest.

Austentatious Presents…Crosstentatious! In Aid of Waverley Care

Aug 17 – 23:45 – Underbelly

Austentatious, with cross dressing, and all for Charity. There’s nothing more that I could say that should make you want to go and see this.

Baby Wants Candy: The Completely Improvised Full Band Musical

Aug 2-27 – 21:30 – Assembly George Square Studios

Baby Wants Candy are incredible. I’ve seen them perform their musical show a few times and have been simply amazed each time at how much fun I’ve had watching a musical be made up and watching everyone on the stage genuinely enjoy themselves. Think Showstoppers but with Americans and you’ve got a show that I realty recommend you book tickets for now.

The Bear Pack

Aug 15-27 – 22:40 – Underbelly, Cowgate

A two person improvised storytelling show. The description makes it sound like a lot fun (telling stories our grandparents wish they could tell us). I’ve not seen the show before (mainly because both performers are from Sydney), but looking forward to seeing this.

Blind Mirth

Aug 4-19 (not 6 or 13) – 21:05 – theSpace on the Mile

Blind Mirth hail from St Andrews’ so are another local group. Promising the finest and most luxurious improv at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Brendon Burns and Colt Cabana and Commentary to Bad Wrestling Matches

Aug 4-28 – 22:20 – Heroes @ Monkey Barrel

I’ve heard so many good things about this show that it’s definitely on my to do list this year. The title sums up the description of the show and Brendon Burns is one of the funniest comics in the UK so I’m looking forward to watching some bad wrestling and commentary by comics.

Bumper Blyton Improvised Adventure

Aug 3-27 (not 15) – 15:00 – Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

The premise of an entirely made up adventure for grown-ups taking inspiration from Blyton Classics sounds great. Add to that a fabulous cast lead by Jonah Fazel who I’ve seen do some fantastic things before – including Upstairs Downton and this is sure to be a spiffing show full of toffees and ginger pop.

Cambridge Impronauts: Improv Actually

Aug 5-28 – 13:15 – Gilded Balloon Teviot

An improvised romantic comedy, which I hope is as good as Love Actually (I’m forgetting that Love Actually 2 is even a real thing). I like the idea of an improvised romantic comedy as there’s very few improv shows that deal with love stories with a large cast. I’ve seen the Impronauts previously and they are great improvisers so looking forward to this.

Chris Turner: What a Time to Be Alive

Aug 2-27 – 21:45 – Pleasance Courtyard

I’ve not seen Chris Turner before although I do like the sound of the show in being a freestyle rapper. Freestyle rapping is difficult and doing a one man hour show with it in takes a lot of guts.

Comedian’s Against Humanity: Hosted by Yianni Agisilaou

Aug 5-26 (not 7, 14 or 21) – 19:30 – Subway

I love playing Cards Against Humanity, it’s a great game for just having fun and also is a great way of revealing how truly warped some people’s brains are. I’ve seen similar style shows where improvisers use the suggestions for inspiration for scenes, but here comedians create material on the spot and it sounds like lots of fun.

ComedySportz UK

Aug 3-15 – 15:45 – Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Two teams go head to head (with a referee on hand to keep things family-friendly) to see who can get the biggest laughs. Although I’ve not seen Comedysportz perform I’m looking forward to seeing some short-form competitive improv (and also seeing how they keep it all family-friendly!).

The Committee: Improvised Comedy

Aug 5-26 (not 21) – 18:45 – Bar Bados Complex

I’ve not managed to catch the Committee when they’ve been playing in London, but everyone who I speak to who has seen them have lots of positive things to say. Challenging the Parentheticals for London’s biggest improv group, their line-up includes incredibly talented people and definitely one of those groups to catch before they become really famous.

Craig Hill: Someone’s Gonna Get Kilt!

Aug 3-27 (not 14, 22) – 19::40 – Venue 150 at EICC

Having read the description, I’m not completely sure what the show is (from the description is appears to be an hour of Craig Hill in a kilt making people laugh) but his comedy CV is impressive with this being his 15th year at the Fringe and having played across the main Australian comedy festivals as well – I’m probably upsetting the whole nation of Scotland in not knowing about Craig Hill!

CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation

Aug 4-27 (not 14) – 15:00 – Just the Tonic at The Caves

I saw CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation in the early days and loved the concept then and over the last few years it’s been refined to be a fabulous show. It’s got a fabulous cast and is a really polished and slick show that audiences have been flocking to at various fringe festivals. Last year people queued around the block for the show (with people being turned away), so book your ticket early this year to get a change to see this fantastic show (which I predict will go to Austentatious levels of fame).

Dante’s History of the Banished

Aug 14-27 (not 20) – 22:30 – Paradise in The Vault

I’ve seen Charlie V.Martin do a preview of part of the show and I really enjoyed it, and I’m a huge fan of the two-prov she does with Mike and Charlie. The premise of the show sounds great (history’s most famous exiles as you’ve never seen them before) and it looks like it’ll be a fantastic show.

Date Night with Bristol Improv

Aug 4-26 (not 13) – Various times – theSpace @ Jury’s Inn

The fantastic guys and gals of Bristol Improv present a show that’s a mixture of scenes and games and longer sketches all based on when friends, family and lovers come together to spend time, catch up and share stories. Definitely a show that’s going to be full of wonderful characters and some drama as well as comedy!

Folie a Deux

Aug 21-25 – 23:00 – Pleasance Dome

I love this show by Andrew Hunter Murray and Charlotte Gittins (both of Austentatious fame) where the two-prov can go from being incredibly smart to stupid all within a scene. Definitely one to watch if you want to see some really good quality improv.

The Free Association: Jacuzzi

Aug 2-27 – 23:00 – Pleasance Courtyard

The huge growth of the Free Association over the last few years has been amazing, managing to combine fantastic teaching with an incredible range of shows as well (of which Jacuzzi is one of them). A special guest joins the Free Association’s incredibly talented line up for an hour of top quality improv.

The Glenda J Collective

Aug 3-5 – 23:00 – Pleasance Dome

Four superstars of improv (Josie Lawrence, Pippa Evans, Ruth Bratt and Cariad Lloyd) combine together to create was can only be described as an improv super-group. They are only in Edinburgh for 3 nights and whenever they perform in London they sell out so I suggest booking tickets for this show as soon as you can.

Grimmprov: The Improvised Fairytale

Aug 4-26 (not 6,13 or 20) – 23:05 – theSpace on the Mile

The Beard of Zeus present an improvised fairytale, but this time for grown-ups. I really like the sound of the show and to me invokes a bit of a Crackanory feel. I look forward to seeing how.

Happily Never After

Aug 3-13 – 16:30 – Just the Tonic at the Caves

The Maydays have been around for over 10 years and continue to produce fantastic shows. Their Happily Never After show is inspired by Tim Burton, Lemony Snicket and the Brothers Grimm and is incredibly good. It’s been getting rave reviews everywhere that it goes and if you want to see a show featuring improvisers really in tune with each other and having as much fun as the audience go catch this.

Hivemind Presents: An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Aug 15-27 – 20:20 – Just the Tonic at The Mash House

I know it’s mandatory that every short-form show has to feature the suggestion “film-noir”, Hivemind take this one step further and create a completely improvised noir thriller. Another show that I’ve not managed to catch yet myself but which I only hear great things about.

Hivemind Presents: Playright Robbery

Aug 5-27 – 11:30 – Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Hivemind’s second show, although based on the description it’s kind of someone else’s show as well. Hivemind will take a show’s title and information from its flyer and then perform their own reproduction. This sounds a fantastic idea, although if people bring them flyers of their own Playright Robbery show I’m worried that the world just might implode by creating an infinite circle of improv.

Hyprov: Improv Under Hypnosis

Aug 2-27 (not 14) – 22:30 – Assembly George Square Theatre

I saw this in London last year and have to admit I was a little sceptical at first. However 5 minutes in and I was in fits of laughter watching people under hypnosis participating in scenes with Colin Mochrie. If you think about it those who can be hypnotised are ideal improv performers as you are constantly saying yes to and taking on suggestions. Asad Mecci the hypnotist is such a likeable individual as well that I could watch him for an hour by himself.

An Imp-Revised History of the World

Aug 5-26 – 20:05 – Black Market

Another show with history as its focus, but this time looking at what happens if history were to be rewritten (I’m guessing Donald Trump not being born or not winning the US election will be a popular suggestion). Another show that I’ve not seen but the description sounds fun and it’s definitely on my list of ones to watch.

Improv Cage Match

Aug 15-26 – 20:30 – Black Market

Another competitive improv show, although this time based on long-form rather than short-form. Two teams of improvisers battle for the audience’s affections. Line-ups of teams yet to be announced, but given the incredibly array of talent going up to Edinburgh this is sure to be a great show.

Improvabunga!

Aug 4-26 (not 6,13,20) – 21:05 – theSpace on Niddry Street

Watch This Improv present an improvised movie-adventure-extravaganza which features live musical accompaniment. Another show that I really like the sound of and will be on my to see list.

The Improverts

Aug 3-29 – 00:30 – Bedlam Theatre

Edinburgh’s longest running improvised comedy troupe present a short-form show with their description in the brochure promising “expert tech” (I’m a big fan of more than just lighting a stage in yellow for an improv show). Their alumni have spread their improv wings and can be seen all around the country so head to this show to be able to say you saw where improvisers first started out.

Improv Therapy

Aug 5 & 7 – 23:30 – Laughing Horse @ The Mockingbird

Coming all the way from America for two shows only, where psychological principles are used by the seven improvisers to provide some free therapy to the audience and offer a different perspective on things.

John Robertson: The Dark Room

Aug 3-27 – 20:00 – Underbelly Cowgate

A live-action, text-based adventure game where the audience chooses the path taken. I’ve not managed to catch this show the numerous times its played in London, but it has been recommended to me lots of times, so I’m definitely going to catch it in Edinburgh (where it’s back for a sixth year).

Men with Coconuts

Aug 5-27 – 12:15 – La Belle Angele

Men with Coconuts present a show featuring games, sketches and songs with a finale of an entirely improvised musical. Coconuts mandatory, monkeying around likely.

The MMORPG Show – No Rolls Bard

Aug 3-27 (not 14) – 21:15 – Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Paul Flannery (of Knightmare Live fame) combines improvised comedy with tabletop gaming and a large 20-sided die. I’ve seen Knightmare Live a few times and really enjoyed it, so this should be great.

Murder, She Didn’t Write: The Improvised Murder Mystery

Aug 2-28 – 17:00 except 6, 13, 20 & 27 when 23:00– Pleasance Courtyard

Bristol Improv’s Degree’s of Error present an improvised classic murder mystery. With no Jessica Fletcher in sight I’m looking forward to seeing this (as I do love a good murder mystery).

Mutiny! An Improvised Pirate Adventure

Aug 14-19 – 12:45 – Paradise in The Vault

I’m not sure what’s more shocking, that there’s only one pirate based improv show at Edinburgh this year or that the crew of Warwick Improv have decided to go with a traditional venue rather than a pirate ship. The show description promises fast-paced, short-form improvised adventures. I’m informed that parrots are welcome at the venue.

Nina Conti: In Therapy

Aug 23-27 – 15:30 – Pleasance Courtyard

I love watching Nina Conti (her BBC 4 documentary a few years ago I highly recommend) and her Monkey character is the second greatest monkey in the world (following Monkey of ITV digital and now PG tips fame). The show is advertised as completely unethical therapy session and I’m looking forward to seeing how the concept works, and also whether Monkey takes over completely. It also features Adam Meggido from Showstoppers.

The Noise Next Door’s Really, Really, Good Afternoon Show

Aug 2-27 (not 16) – 15:00 except 7-8 when 18:00 – Gilded Balloon Teviot

I’ve not seen the Noise Next Door live since they went from a 5 piece to a 4 piece, although their recent appearance on Tonight at the London Palladium was fantastic. What I love watching the most about the Noise Next Door is how it comes across as friends having fun together and their afternoon show is a perfect example of how to do short-form improv that all of the family can watch.

The Noise Next Door: 10

Aug 2-27 (not 16) – 22:50 – Pleasance Courtyard

I’m not going to call this the Noise Next Door’s adult show, but the later time means it’s not family-friendly. This is the 10th year at the Edinburgh Fringe for the Noise Next Door and definitely should be on your to watch list if you are a fan of games and scenes.

Notflix

Aug 2-28 – 15:00 – Gilded Balloon Teviot

I saw Notflix a few times when they were a relatively new group and you could tell then that the show was going to be big. Since then they’ve had sold-out runs at various festivals and they’ve turned into one of the UK’s best musical improv groups who present a lovely alternative to the Showstoppers.

Off the Top: Neuroscience with Attitude

Aug 2-27 (not 14) – 13:00 – Ciao Roma

I’ve never heard of this show, but the description contains so many things that make me want to watch it. A science rapper and a neuroscientist explore the brain basis of improvisation and comedy and do something that I wish there was more of in combing science and improv (especially as there are so many improvisers who I know who come from a science background).

The Oxford Imp: Improvised Comedy

Aug 2-28 – 13:30 – Gilded Balloon Teviot

The Oxford Imps present a show full of games, songs and stories and the show includes special guest stars as well. I saw the Oxford Imps many years ago and they were a joy to watch. They’ve toured internationally and are also family-friendly so definitely one to catch.

Phill Jupitus: Achtung!/Acting!

Aug 3-27 (not 14) – The Stand Comedy Club 5 & 6

Phill Jupitus brings his characters of Vernon Herschel and Kurt Schiffer for an hour of storytelling that will edify, educate and entertain. Having seen Phill Jupitus do both stand-up, character pieces and improv many times over the past few years and having been amazed at how brilliant he is at all of them, I’m hoping to catch this.

Questing Time

Aug 10-14 – 23:00 – Pleasance Dome

Paul Foxcroft (of Cariad & Paul fame) presents a show where a party of comedians are guided through an actual game of Dungeons & Dragons. A one-night only show, that’s on five times!

Rhapsodes

Aug 14-27 – 14:00 – Pleasance Dome

Adam Meggiido and Sean McCann (both of Showstoppers fame) compete to improvised a fully authentic Shakespearean masterpiece. Poetry slams, Shakespearean verse and raps a plenty.

The RH Experience: Scribble!

Aug 3-13 – 18:20 – Just the Tonic at The Mash House

The RH Experience are one of the best improv groups on the London scene and continue to produce consistently great shows each year. Their scribble show combines top-quality improv in the form of storytelling and songs against a live-illustrated backdrop and is something that you really need to watch. I also urge you to check out their YouTube channel.

Russell Hicks: The Brain is in the Heart

Aug 3-28 – 16:30 – Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

The show is advertised as 70% improv, 30% story-telling, so it just about meets the criteria for inclusion on this list. The show promises lots of characters and one hell of a trip so looking forward to seeing what it’s all about.

Sean Hughes’s Blank Book

Aug 14-17 & 21-24 – 16:00 – Gilded Balloon Teviot

A story is made up live on stage based on a written beginning and the audience being told what the end is. However those taking part have no idea what direction the story is heading in whilst Sean Hughes tries to steer them to the predetermined end. An improv/storytelling cross over show that once you get your head round the premise sounds lots of fun.

Shaken Not Stirred: The Improvised James Bond Film

Aug 3-26 (not 14) – 11:55 – Just the Tonic at The Caves

An improvised James Bond adventure that returns to the Fringe for its 3rd year in a row. Another show where I love the premise and which I hope to catch. I’ll be keeping my Goldeneye on this one!

The Shambles

Aug 4-26 (not 6,13 and 20) – 22:15 – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Hailing from York, the show description outlines the show will be high energy and full of concentrated silliness all via the form of scenes, songs and games.

Shellshock! Improv Live!

Aug 14-19 – 19:10 – theSpace @ Jury’s Inn
Aug 21-26 – 18:05 – theSpace @ Surgeons Hall

Durham university’s resident improv team return to the Fringe for the 9th time with some short-form games and scenes all made up from audience suggestions.

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical

Aug 2-27 (not 15) – 18:00 except 13 & 20 when 23:20 – Pleasance Courtyard

Oliver Award winners in 2016 – I don’t think there’s anything more to add other than go and watch this as you will not be disappointed.

Spontaneous Sherlock

Aug 5-27 – 19:50 – Liquid Room Annexe

Fans of Sherlock are in luck as this is the second improvised Sherlock Holmes comedy, although in this case the show is accompanied with live Victorian musical accompaniment (which I’m sure Holmes would approve of given his love of the violin).

This Is Your Trial

Aug 2-28 – 19:15 – Gilded Balloon Teviot

I’ve seen this show performed in London and really liked both the idea and the execution. Guest comedians play the parts of lawyers with Tim Fitzhigham holding it all together as the judge. This is one call up to jury duty that I don’t mind attending.

Whose Life Is It Anyway?

Aug 3-27 (not 14) – 17:25 – Just the Tonic at The Community Project

An improvised chat show (one of those ideas I’m kicking myself for not having had first) where interviews with comedians inspire sketches, songs and games. The team behind this are also doing the Improvised James Bond film, so I’m looking forward to catching both of their shows.

Whose Line is it Anyway? – Live at the Fringe

Aug 3-27 (not 14) – 20:10 – Assembly Rooms

I’m old enough to remember Whose Line on Channel 4, one of the funniest programmes on TV and one of the reasons I decided to give improv a try in my late-20s. I’ve seen the live version in London in both 2015 and 2016 and every show has been fantastic and makes me wonder why there hasn’t been a UK revival of the TV series. Clive Anderson continues to be an excellent host keeping the other famous faces in check. If you want to watch short-form improv at its finest, there is nothing better at the Fringe.

Wildly Unprepared

Aug 4-12 (not 6) – 21:05 – theSpace @ Jury’s Inn

A quick-fire short-form show that returns to the Fringe for a third year running. I’ve not seen Wildly Unprepared, but it sounds like a fun show and a great alternative to some of the other improv shows at the Fringe.

Will Shakespeare’s ImproMusical

Aug 4-26 (not 6 or 13) – 21:05 – SpaceTriplex

As if making up musicals or making up Shakespeare wasn’t enough this show combines the two. Originating from 1987 with improv-guru Alan Marriott, I’m looking forward to seeing how the cast 30 years later perform and whether it’s much to do about nothing or whether it’s actually a Midsummer Night’s Dream.

07800 834030: Thank you for waiting

Aug 5-27 (not 9, 16 or 23) – 19:30 – Sneaky Pete’s

The show title is the phone number of the person performing the show, with the description asking people to call the number about anything and the show being based from the calls. Part of me wants to call to see what happens, but I’m really intrigued as to what people do end up calling about (and how much of the show is PPI or car-accident insurance claim adverts!).

Last, but not least a list of improv shows at the Edinburgh Fringe wouldn’t be complete without a small plug for our own show….

Bright Lights, Big City Impro

Aug 20-27 – 15:45 – Laughing Horse @ Moriarty’s

Six improvisers attempt to make it big in the bright lights of the Edinburgh fringe in this fast-paced adrenaline-fuelled show. Their showbiz agent extraordinaire will spin the wheel of games and put the team through a series of fast paces scenes, sketches and songs based on audience suggestions.

To all the acts performing at Edinburgh I hope you all have a brilliant time and hoping that improv continues to be a success at the Fringe (even if it’s not allowed to win the main comedy award).

City Impro’s guide to Improv at the Camden Fringe 2017

For those of you who aren’t going to Edinburgh this year, but still want fringe-style improv, the Camden Fringe (which kicks off on the 31st July) has something for everyone.

I’ve poured over the Camden Fringe brochure and the 270+ shows to see what might wet your appetite during the 12th Camden Fringe.

Obsessions

31 July-2 August – 21:00 – Hen and Chickens

Anne Zander, Abbey Kos and Rebecca Schuster take to the stage to explore sex, secrets, social anxiety, and the obsessions that colour their lives. I’ve seen Rebecca and Abbey perform in various groups at our Water Poet shows and the Shoreditch Improv festival where they’ve been fantastic, so I’m really looking forward to seeing this show.

Artificial Intelligence Improvisation

31 July-1 August – 20:30 – Etcetera Theatre

I’ve seen Piotr do his one man/one robot show a few times and each time it blows me away how the AI responds in the scenes and the effort that must be required to program it all. The two man/two robots show has been going a little while and I’ve heard some great stuff about it, especially as the two performers are in completely different countries. Hope the theatre has a good broadband connection!

The Parentheticals: Improdyssey

5 August – 15:30 – The Water Rats
6 August – 13:30 – The Water Rats

At one time they were known for being the largest improv group in London, although I’m not sure it was ever verified as an official record! It’s been a joy watching the Parentheticals over the last few years and how they’ve grown together as a group and how their formats have evolved. The Parentheticals are such a joy to watch and I’m looking forward to their quest show. They also host an excellent monthly night in London called Bracket Racket which I also recommend checking out.

Arfie Becomes Everyone

5-6 August – 15:30 – The Bill Murray

Arfie did a 15-minute preview of this solo-prov show at one of our Water Poet shows where he played chief astronaut (with the audience as cadets). The show was very funny, really engaging and it felt like you were fully in the world that he created with his character. Arfie is a great improviser and I can’t wait to see the full version of his show at Camden.

LiveWired Comedy Improvisation

7 August – 19:30 – London Improv Theatre

The fantastic house team at the London Improv Theatre are bringing their long-running show to the Fringe. Lots of fun games, scenes and songs, and a great way to spend an evening.

The Quest

14 August – 19:30 – London Improv Theatre

The second show at the Camden Fringe from the house team at the London Improv Theatre. I’ve not seen them do this format but I like the description of two heroes being sent on a quest with the journey decided by the audience.

Extreme Championship Improv

20-23 August – 21:30 – Camden Comedy Club

I’ll admit to not having seen any Sparky Buddy Productions shows before, but looking at their website they’ve been pretty busy the last few years. I like the idea of taking games, mixing in the spirit of MMA and wrestling and then putting extreme twists on things. Definitely one of the higher-energy shows of the Camden Fringe.

A Machine for Fools

21-22 August – 18:30 – Etcetera Theatre

Stephen Davidson (one of London’s hardest working improvisers) is one of the people behind this show and I love the idea of using short-form improv as a means of making social statements. I’m told there’s also going to be some clowns in the show so I’m looking forward to seeing how it all pans out.

Lastly but not least I couldn’t resist a shameless plug for City Impro’s show:

Improv Deathmatch

4-5, 11-12 August – 22:15 – Aces & Eights

We’ve brought Improv Deathmatch back for a third year as we love the late-night atmosphere of the Camden Fringe and we’ve had some really brilliant audiences in previous years. We’ve lined up some great teams for this year to battle it out over a series of games to see who can make the audience laugh hardest. Join us for what promises to be an epic four nights.

Don’t Miss City Impro’s Live Comedy Shows this October

A trio of live comedy shows!

We’ve got three great live comedy shows this month! So whip out your faux leather diary and jot these dates down.

Sunday 16th October  – Water Poet Sunday Roast

City Impro’s Comedy Sunday Roast returns for some Sunday Shenanigans!

The Water Poet will see yet another evening of fun-filled entertainment made up completely on the spot. Your resident hosts City Impro will be performing a headline set of scenes, games and crazy characters with some special guests to boot (to be announced soon)!
Get your tickets here

Friday 22nd October– Serial Killer Balderdash Tour Of London Bridge

Fancy learning about historically accurate murders? Go to a library! Fancy having a great night of entertainment? Then meet us at The George Inn, Southwark at 7.30pm for a walking tour like no other! Join the Officers of BSPD (Balderdash Police Department), as they show you the gruesome sites of unbelievably horrible killings. Get your tickets here

Sunday 30th October  – Water Poet Sunday Ghost!

Start off your evening of ghoulish activities at The Water Poet! City Impro’s Comedy Sunday Roast is back for an afternoon/evening of Halloween themed improv mayhem.

City Impro will be joined by special guests, summoned from the netherworld and other areas of Greater London.

City Impro Live Comedy

“The masters of improvisation” – Time Out.

“Incredibly good” ★★★★ – Arts Award Voice.

It’s City Impro’s Comedy Club tonight! 21 April 2016

Tonight… Stand up and improv comedy combine to create an evening of guaranteed laughs… all for free!

So you haven’t been invited to the Queen’s 90th birthday party. Who cares? Have a much better evening at The Miller Pub with some great comedy acts.

Featuring stand-up sets from the fabulous Nick Hall, the mighty Chris Coltrane and the simply superbly stunning Athena Kugblenu. We also have the awesome Left Foot First performing a hilarious set of improv, characters and scenes – all inspired by you, our audience! City Impro are on too – performing fun improv games from your suggestions!

Get your royal fannies down to City Impro’s Comedy Club at The Miller Pub (near London Bridge) for 19.30.

See you tonight!

City Impro

www.wegottickets.com/CityImpro

City Impro’s Comedy Sunday Roast – 3 April 2016

On 3 April, City Impro’s Time Out recommended Comedy Sunday Roast show is back again at The Water Poet for fun filled entertainment made up completely on the spot.

The Water Poet will host yet another evening of fun-filled entertainment made up completely on the spot. Your resident hosts City Impro will be performing a headline set of scenes, games and crazy characters with special guests The Homunculus! The Homunculus have performed all over London and abroad and we are excited to have them perform with us at the Water Poet for the first time ever.

So don’t wait any longer and get your tickets here. It’s not on April Fools Day but it will be funny!

Doors open at 5pm for a 5.30pm start.

Shoreditch Improv Festival

A brand spanking new festival showcasing the talent and variety of improvisation groups in London!

Across 3 days, 30 of London’s best comedy improv groups will be amazing audiences with their spontaneity and quick wit by making up scenes, sketches, stories and songs on the spot.

Interested? Thought you might be!

So when is this comedy cavalcade of a festival happening?
Glad you asked – 19th, 20th and 21st February

Specifically …
Friday 19th February: Shows at 7.30pm, 8.45pm and 10pm
Saturday 20th February: Shows at 3pm, 4.15pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.45pm and 10pm.
AND the awesome Chris Mead running an Improv Workshop from 12.30pm – 2.30pm
Sunday 21st February: Comedy Improv Tour of Shoreditch at 3.30pm Shows at 5pm, 6.15pm and 7.30pm

The venue hosting this epic comedy collective is The Waterpoet, 9 – 11 Folgate Stree, Spitalfields, E1 6BX

Check out our new website with all details of all acts and all events happening over the three days: http://www.cityimpro.com/sif-about/

All tickets can be purchased here: http://www.cityimpro.com/shoreditch-improv-festival-2016-ticket-sales/

We hope to see you all there!

5 Must See London Comedy Shows in 2016

With the misery of dry January, broken resolutions and the bitter London cold, it’s no wonder winter blues have started to creep in.  Luckily for all of us there’s the thriving London comedy and improvised comedy scene to get us through it all.  Unhappily your chosen night of light hearted chortling can easily go wrong if you choose the wrong gig and end up watching desperate jerky comics look into your eyes pleading you to laugh.  To save you the awkward faking we’ve compiled in date order the list of the best improvised comedy and stand up in 2016.

Number 1 – Shoreditch Improv Festival (19th, 20th & 21st February)
Perhaps proof that improv is now mainstream and trendy, and the newest addition to the list, this festival boasts 30 of the best performing groups improvising everything from musicals to science fiction plays to puppet shows to improvised comedy street art tours of Shoreditch. There’s even a workshop for any people interested in learning a few skills of their own.  Best to book in advance!

http://www.cityimpro.com/shoreditch-improv-festival-2016-ticket-sales/

Number 2 – LOCO Comedy Film Festival (14th – 24th April)
This festival promotes comedy in the film format and is held all over the city in places such as the BFI Imax, Hackney Picture House, and the Ritzy Brixton.  The opportunity to see the up and coming directors and actors in a cinema setting lets you kick back in comfort while you chortle your way through the films.  Alternatively attend the award ceremonies at the end to see the best of the bunch.

http://locofilmfestival.com/welcome/

Number 3 – Udderbelly Festival (7th Apr – 17th July)
The now established and iconic 400 seater upside down purple cow theatre is in its 9th year of confusing tourists and exciting Londoners alike. Holding shows that allow fans of famous comics like Lee Nelson, Jimmy Carr, and many more laugh the night away. Take them and all the other acts in with a summer cider and the sun by Southbank.

http://www.udderbelly.co.uk/

Number 4 – Hoopla Summer Improv Festival (July)
With around 30 groups performing over 2 days, Hoopla is a hub for all improvising groups in London.  As masters of teaching and hosting there’s opportunities to see the professors at their best as well as many now famous alumni attending.  Make sure you check out their owner, Steve Roe on stage to see comedy at its best.

http://www.hooplaimpro.com/

Number 5 – Camden Fringe Festival (1st – 28th August)
Although it has the wider performing arts in mind, the Camden Fringe has over 15 different venues planned all over the borough this year with performances including stand-up, sketch comedy, comic plays, and London Improv.  The perfect alternative to long and expensive journey to Edinburgh when cutting edge comedians are sitting on your very doorstep or performing down the road.

http://camdenfringe.com/

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