Aeropuerto creates an organic longform show based on a single audience suggestion. Since 2010, they have performed at the Del Close Marathon 14, 15, and 16 (NYC), the Big City (Toronto), Charm City (Baltimore), North Carolina, Hartford, Portland (Maine), and Boston Improv Festivals, as well as the inaugural District Improv Festival in 2013. They can be found most Fridays at ImprovBoston's Studio 40 or, weather permitting, Best Western hot tubs. Sometimes they get booked to do shows in parking lots.Saturday @ 10:00 PM
Aquarius is a musical house team at the Magnet Theater in NYC. From a single suggestion, Aquarius spins a musical tale full of heroes and villains, highs and lows, dreams and nightmares, something and its opposite. Delight in their fantasies! “Water” you waiting for?Sunday @ 7:00 PM
Boston style free-form that has been wowing New England audiences and at festivals around the world for years. The entire set moves seamlessly from one scene to the next at the rate of over a scene a minute all following the group play philosophy of "follow the funny". The show builds rapidly and culminates in a series of surprising and organic callbacks done through the unique editing styling and story telling of this Boston super-team. This is a high-energy improv experience that redefines itself with every performance.Saturday @ 8:30 PM
Assembled by Armando Diaz and based out of the Magnet Theater in New York City, Chet Watkins takes audience suggestions and does things God never intended with them. Chet Watkins delivers character-driven, high energy improv that leaves both performers and audience a sweaty mess. Chet Watkins are veterans of the Baltimore Improv Festival, Chicago Improv Festival, Del Close Marathon, New York Improv Festival, Providence Improv Festival, Dirty South Improv Festival, and many, many more.Friday @ 8:30 PM
Like the unholy creation that is its namesake, NYC Improv team EagleFox weaves together high-energy scenes and characters to create something strange, yet beautiful. Don’t hate EagleFox. It was born this way. As a group EagleFox is the third-ever Champion of the Magnet’s Inspirado Cagematch, winning for 9 consecutive weeks. Together they have performed at Improv Festivals in Toronto, North Carolina, Chicago, Boston, and Vancouver.Friday @ 10:00 PM
For years former and current BIG Artistic Directors Prescott Gaylord & Mike Harris have threatened the structural integrity of stages around the country with their highly physical performance style. But this duo had their game elevated by guitar god Luke Chohany. Luke is so much more than a pretty face. Mike & Pres never were.Sunday @ 7:00 PM
A local men’s club in Baltimore that will teach you how to be a better man. We will discuss topics that explore a man’s perspective, which will be chosen by one audience member, who we will assist in becoming more manly. You need to hear what these gentlemen are talking about!Wednesday @ 7:30 PM
iMusical: The Improvised Musical! joins the unpredictable playfulness of comedic improvisation with the emotional power of musical theater. A cast of singer-improvisers instantly creates a compelling new show with each performance, comprised of completely improvised scenes, lyrics and music, all inspired by a single audience suggestion.
The Washington Post calls iMusical “spot on,” and they have performed to standing ovations in several comedy festivals (Philadelphia, Baltimore, Del Close Marathon in New York at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater), as well as at venues across the DC area, including the Kennedy Center. Under the direction of Travis Ploeger, former longtime member of New York's renowned Chicago City Limits, iMusical explores the human condition via song and laughter ... as only WIT canThursday @ 7:30 PM
Jazz Panther uses an interesting location suggested by the audience and bounces into a rhythmic dance of music and people scenery. An exploration of relationships in and around the location is the primary focus of the deep and sometimes surprising world spontaneously created.Friday @ 8:30 PM
Junior Varsity was formed by Armando Diaz at the Magnet Theater in 2007. In that time their fun style and zen energy has made them consistent crowd pleasers.
They have taught and performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Rochester's Fall Back Festival, the New Orleans Improv Festival, Philadelphia Improv Festival, Toronto Improv Festival, the Del Close Marathon, Providence Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.Saturday @ 10:00 PM
Lekker has been a BIG mainstage troupe since 2009; not ones to rest on their laurels, Lekker constantly challenges themselves to try new formats and find new connections with their audiences. Their strength is in the emotions; their performances are mainly relationship-driven, and they strive to find human moments in the most ridiculous of situations.Thursday @ 7:30 PM
The Magnet Theater Touring Company brings the very best up-and-coming comedic talent to you; to your school, your theater, your organization. The Magnet Touring Cast consists of some faces you may recognize, and others about whom you’ll certainly be able to say, “I saw them when.”Saturday @ 8:30 PM
Matt& stars Matt Holmes (Rare Bird Show, Philly Improv Theater) and a random stranger plucked from the audience.
Nothing is planned or prepared. It’s all made up as you’re watching it, based on something yelled out by the crowd.
One real audience member—usually somebody who has never even seen improv before—winds up on stage and in the show.
“must-see” - Philadelphia Weekly
“a don’t miss show” - Philly2Philly
"a great example of fearless performing and making your fellow performer look like a genius" - CultureMob Philly
"playful and winning" - Time Out Chicago
One of the longest running BIG troupes, and the only one named after birth control, Plan B performs aggressive short-form improv. WARNING: Do not attend this show if you are or have been pregnant, nursing, ever plan on being pregnant, or are aware of human reproduction systems. Side effects made include loss of conciousness, sporadic heat vision, Restless Gardening Syndrome (RGS), and/or typhoid.Wednesday @ 7:30 PM
Welcome to Crazy Town — Population: Six. Population: Six (Pop. 6) has been a main stage troupe with the Baltimore Improv Group since 2008. Pop. 6 performs various long-form improv styles, all of which feature a unique blend of verbal comedy and high-energy physicality. While based in Baltimore, Pop 6 routinely plays around the region in DC and Philly, and has performed in numerous festivals, including The Del Close Marathon. They are currently exploring a duologue-based format. This modified swarm, peppered with two-person interviews, is a platform for eccentric characters to find dynamic relationships with each other, and with their environment. A single word suggestion quickly turns into a story where anything and anywhere is possible, and the journey is as important as the destination.Friday @ 7:00 PM
Formed in the summer of 2009 during a class taught by Rachel Hamilton at the Magnet Theater, RuBin (Ruby Marez & Binu Paulose) will create numerous offbeat but indelible characters cast into ordinary circumstances, creating extraordinary scenework all inspired by the suggestion of a singular event. They'll either be lovers or fighters - sometimes both. It will all end awkwardly.Friday @ 7:00 PM
Sea Tea Improv is Connecticut's premiere improv troupe. Formed in 2009, Sea Tea Improv has performed across the U.S. in festivals and improv competitions. Sea Tea swept the Connecticut Cage Match in 2012 and the Upright Citizens Brigade Indie Cage Match in 2013. The teams is excited to be back at the Baltimore Improv Festival for their third year in a row!Saturday @ 7:00 PM
Two improvisers. One suggestion. Multiple worlds. Infinite possibilities: ShawnMikael(s) is a two-time winner of the Harrisburg Improv Comedy Throwdown, and has performed as part the Capital Fringe Fest, the Kansas City Improv Festival, the Charleston Comedy Festival, the Philly Improv Fest, DuoFest, The Baltimore Improv Festival, and the District Improv Festival, and most recently headline the Charm City Comedy Festival. Their monthly show, in the Columbia Heights section of DC, has sold out every show since its inception two years ago.Saturday @ 7:00 PM
J.J., Eva and Rashee are three sisters. Blood sisters, nuns, sorority sisters, a coven, a troop of Girl Scouts, basically whatever the audience decides. Each sister has an audience-supplied confession — however big or small — to get off of her chest. The other sisters cannot run from the news because they are all in an enclosed space together. What happens next? Hilarity ensues.Friday @ 7:00 PM
Swartzlander is an almost all-male improv group from NYC. They specialize in monoscenes, crafting strangle worlds of bizarre characters, laced with revelations of the dark personal secrets they've learned about one another from performing together the past six years.Friday @ 8:30 PM
Lucky you! The N Crowd has ventured beyond the Philadelphia area. For nine years audiences filled with brotherly love have been amusing the group with suggestions of “bathroom,” “podiatrist” and “spelunking” at its weekly show, at other festivals and at a few too many bar mitzvahs. Mazel tov on choosing to see short form again! It will be fine. This isn’t your uncle’s short-form. This is the cool kids letting you in on the fun. Welcome. Shalom. Yo!Friday @ 10:00 PM
Training for Prom performs longform improv that’s at once familiar and bizarre. This puckish troupe combines whimsy with emotional connection to bring you along for a ride that flips reality through the looking glass. They have performed in the Charm City Fringe Festival and the New York City Improv Festival, as well as the Baltimore Improv Festival.Wednesday @ 7:30 PM
Straight outta Baltimore, Maryland, it’s… YOUR NEW DAD! Your old dad might be dishing out brussel sprouts for dinner… but Your New Dad is always serving a heaping helping of laughs.Your New Dad uses a unique blend of quick wit, comedic timing and diverse, on-the-spot characters to keep audiences on their toes.Tuesday @ 7:30 PM