Aboulia!

Washington, DC

Aboulia! is a seven-person Washington, DC-based improv troupe, starring Scott Holden, Katie Honerkamp-Lazo, Brianna Lux, Mike Macrina, Justin Schram, Joanna Tiger, & Austen Villemez

We got started in September of 2011 after meeting each other in various improv classes taught by Shawn Westfall at The DC Improv. We've been performing together ever since.

We were finalists in the 2012 Harrisburg Improv Festival, and are hoping to participate in more improv events in the future.

Thursday @ 7:30 PM

Cake Bagel

Washington, DC

Cake Bagel is as whimsical as pink icing and as savory as smoked salmon. Or at least that's what they tell themselves to justify their pre-show carbo-loading.

Formed in 2012, the troupe has logged more than two years' worth of shows around the Washington, D.C. area, including featured appearances at Washington Improv Theater's Seasonal Disorder, Binge and Road Show runs. Cake Bagel has also brought its glutenous goodness to the Del Close Marathon, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival and the Chicago Improv Festival.

Bold, character-driven and super-fun, a Cake Bagel show is like having your cake...and eating a bagel, too.

Friday @ 7:00 PM

Charmsical!

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore's first independent musical improv troupe creates a 20-minute musical based off a suggested title from the audience. Backed by the incredible John Shockley on piano.

Friday @ 7:00 PM

The Comedy Pigs

Frederick, MD

Formed in 1992, the group has performed at national comedy festivals, been featured on Comedy Central, and have been guests at the National Pork Producers Convention. The Comedy Pigs perform regularly at Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick, MD

Tuesday @ 7:30 PM

Commonwealth

Washington, DC

We’re like a good beer. Refreshing, and reliable.

Sunday @ 7:00 PM

CommuniKate:ArtAlive!

Baltimore, MD

In CommuniKate:ArtAlive! Kate Billingsley takes art history off its dusty, erudite shelf and gives people an intimate, visceral, emotional connection with artists they love. Performer and audience explore together what inspired each artist to create a specific piece of art and what they wanted to communicate. The show is fun, spontaneous and often transgressive, filled with adventure and beauty.

Monday @ 7:30 PM

Evan The Loyal

Baltimore, MD

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.

Friday @ 10:00 PM

Gentlemen’s Hour

Baltimore, MD

Improv. Sketch. Manliness. Comedy.

Thursday @ 7:30 PM

Going to the Movies Alone

Washington, DC

We are Going to the Movies Alone, and we'd like to improvise a bunch of awkward strangers going to see a movie alone. Together. Spoiler alert: they never end up alone.

Tuesday @ 7:30 PM

Gus

Baltimore, MD

Gus performs a fast-paced, ridiculous style of improv comedy. They’ve performed at festivals all over the U.S., and they’ve performed with everyone from burlesque girls to modern dancers, and even their parents. They are easily excited.

Friday @ 7:00 PM

The Haddington Club

Washington, DC

The Haddington Club brings together a group of old friends who love to play. Isn't that the idea? Friends having fun. Come join us.

Saturday @ 10:00 PM

Honey

New York, NY

Honey is a New York-based improvisational troupe formed out of the Magnet Theater's Resident Ensemble program. They are: Caitlin Steitzer, David Rynn, Woody Fu, Shaun Farrugia, Dave Adams.

Saturday @ 7:00 PM

Impromptune

Baltimore, MD

Impromptune is a group of experimental improvisers and musicians working together to explore the use of song as a medium for improv. The troupe is working toward performing full-length improvised musicals.

Sunday @ 7:00 PM

iMusical: The Improvised Musical

Washington, DC

iMusical 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.” The cast has performed to standing ovations in multiple comedy festivals including ones in Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York as well as at venues across the DC area including the Kennedy Center.

Under the direction of Travis Charles Ploeger, former longtime member of New York’s renowned Chicago City Limits, iMusical explores the human condition via song and laughter … as only WIT can!

Thursday @ 7:30 PM

KnucklePuck

Hartford, CT

KnucklePuck- a slapshot that moves into a sine curve rather than a direct, straight shot. Four crazy kids from Connecticut team up to annihilate an audience member's suggestion through teamwork, physicality, and a lot of crazy.

Friday @ 10:00 PM

Lekker

Baltimore, MD

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.

Wednesday @ 7:30 PM

Maggy

Baltimore, MD

A collection of wise souls creating improv for the betterment of humanity.

Sunday @ 7:00 PM

The Magnet Theater TourCo

New York, NY

The Magnet Theater is home to some of the top improvisation talent in the country. The Magnet TourCo brings this veteran talent together for an unbelievable showcase of long-form improvisation. Performing classic and new structures with patience and craft, the Magnet TourCo consistently blow minds and wow audiences all across the country and the world. Directed by Armando Diaz.

Saturday @ 8:30 PM

Matt&

Philadelphia, PA

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.

Matt& has appeared around North America, including in the Chicago Improv Festival at Second City and at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre’s Del Close Marathon in NYC.

“Must-see” – Philadelphia Weekly
“Playful and Winning” – Time Out Chicago

Saturday @ 10:00 PM

Michael Loves Greg

Michael Loves Greg uses the love of the audience to explore the concept of love in all of it's wonderful, passionate, ugly, scary and unique forms.

Friday @ 8:30 PM

Minority Re’port

Baltimore, MD

Minority Re’port is a unique troupe representing the underrepresented in improv. With our mix of high-energy, audience-inspired improv, we create characters you’ll never forget, and leave you as satisfied as your mama’s sweet potato pie.

Friday @ 8:30 PM

Mister Licorice

Baltimore / NY / Chicago

Mister Licorice was formed in the fall of 2007 by the Baltimore Improv Group, guided by the creative visions of Jim McGarvey, whose early attempts to create a new genre of improv based on NASCAR were quickly shot down by the cast.

From the ashes of NASCAR-prov rose a new and exciting troupe that has performed to sold out theaters from Fells Point to Federal Hill, and some other places not in Baltimore. The cast is now scattered between New York, Chicago, and Baltimore but they reunite for improv festivals and the occasional arena tour.

Saturday @ 10:00 PM

Plan B

Baltimore, MD

Plan B is the longest running troupe in BIG’s comedy arsenal. Expect short form (Whose Line is it Anyway?-style) games with high energy, big characters, and major laughs!

Sunday @ 7:00 PM

Population: Six

Baltimore, MD

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.

Tuesday @ 7:30 PM

PUMPS

Baltimore, MD

PUMPS is a trio of improvisers based in Baltimore, Maryland. Their free-form improv allows them to live out the fantasies they've always dreamed of: Kissing Napoleon at a gas station, filing fingernails with a trout, skydiving with a loofa parachute. Whatever they want. They are PUMPS. And they are free.

Tuesday @ 7:30 PM

Remote Possibilities

Baltimore, MD

Remote Possibilities is a group of TV obsessed improvisers from Baltimore, MD. They are so obsessed with TV that they decided to bring a improvised TV show to the stage every time they perform. Through strong characters and grounded relationships, Remote Possibilities creates the illusion of a new episode in the middle of a long running series.

Monday @ 7:30 PM

Sea Tea Improv

Hartford, CT

Sea Tea Improv is Connecticut's premiere improv comedy company. Formed in 2009, Sea Tea Improv has performed over 300 shows across the East Coast and been featured in a variety of festivals including the Del Close Marathon, the Boston Comedy Arts Festival, and the DC Improv Festival, as well as media outlets including NPR's Colin McEnroe Show, ESPN's The Beat, and the Travel Channel. Sea Tea Improv's members have been trained at Hartford Stage, Improv Boston, Upright Citizens Brigade, and The PIT. In 2012, Sea Tea Improv opened the first professional studio dedicated to the study of comedy in central CT and they are currently working towards opening the first dedicated comedy theatre in Hartford.

Saturday @ 7:00 PM

Sistine Robot

Washington, DC

Sistine Robot delights in playing fast, fun improv that delves into the hottest topics of the day, like love, the Middle East, and Justin Bieber. People describe us as "those guys?" and "real weird, in a good way."

Wednesday @ 7:30 PM

Swartzlander

New York, NY

Swartzlander hails from New York City, where they've performed at UCB, The Magnet, and possibly millions of other venues. Performing together for over seven years has given them a deep knowledge of each other's darkest secrets, and they are more than willing to exploit those on stage, for your benefit! Join them for what is guaranteed to be a weird, fantastic journey.

Saturday @ 8:30 PM

Sweater Kittens

Washington, DC

Sweater Kittens -- DC's all-female super-group -- is the purr-fect mix of sass and smarts.

Friday @ 10:00 PM

Thighmeat

Baltimore, MD

Thighmeat is Baltimore's oldest independent improv troupe. We are Caroline Yates, Aricia Skidmore-Williams, Jess Kim, Sean Latta, Mike Faulkner, Rashard Goins and Meg Vidler. Coached by Justin Yaquiant.

Monday @ 7:30 PM

Training for Prom

Baltimore, MD

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.

Friday @ 8:30 PM

WICK

Baltimore, MD

Free form improv comedy!

Wednesday @ 7:30 PM

Your New Dad

Baltimore, MD

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.

Wednesday @ 7:30 PM

¡ZARZAMORA!

Austin, TX

¡ZARZAMORA! is a psuedo-cerebral improv comedy troupe in Austin, Texas who purport to know and to be able to perform the ancient origins of everything. We may not be very intelligent, but we fake it well.

"¡ZARZAMORA! showcases the best use of a liberal arts degree ever!" -Amy Martin - theaterjones.com

Saturday @ 7:00 PM