Aftermath

Baltimore, MD

Aftermath may be all men, but they travel a long way away from dudeprov. Starting with a pair of stories from the audience, each scene in their set feeds the next until they build an entire world. Or they collapse in exhaustion. Whichever comes first.

Tuesday @ 7:30 PM

Change Machine

Pittsburgh, PA

Change Machine is an Arcade Comedy Theater house team that has been learning and growing together for over two years. Their show begins with a small, honest moment and takes you through a labyrinth of thematically connected twists and turns in which anything can happen.

Saturday @ 7:00 PM

Charmsical!

Baltimore, MD

Charmsical gives the audience the musical it has always wanted to see. You give us the title and we take it from there.

Thursday @ 7:30 PM

The Comedy Pigs

Frederick, MD

Formed in 1992, the Comedy Pigs have 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.

Wednesday @ 7:30 PM

CommuniKate:ArtAlive!

Baltimore, MD

In this improvised show ArtAlive!, Kate takes art history off its erudite shelf and give people a, visceral, emotional connection with an artist they love.

Monday @ 7:30 PM

Girlfight!

Washington, DC

He’s from Philly. She’s from Washington, DC. They met at an improv festival in Harrisburg, PA, and now they are married. What are the odds? Girlfight! explores relationships (naturally!) using the montage. Performing since 2013 (and married since 2014), Girlfight! presents the unique opportunity for two people who share their lives offstage to share their love and craft of improv on stage.

Friday @ 7:00 PM

Goats!

New York City, NY

Goats has been seen at festivals all over the northeast. From Del Close Marathon, Boston Comedy Arts Festival to closing out the New York Musical Improv Festival, Goats has brought a fun physical brand of musical improv and inspired people to want to do musical improv. Nothing is unused, from props to chairs. Goats also has the found the fun of combining regular improv effects like tags, beats, time dashes to be able to provide a fuller musical improv show. Eitan Levine is the co-host of "Who Won The Internet", Catherine Wing and Steve Whyte are formerly of the long running musical improv team "Bees!!", and Justin D. Torres provides Voice over work for hundreds of websites per year.

Sunday @ 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.

Wednesday @ 7:30 PM

The Haddington Club

Washington, DC

We've been here for a while. Fun and smart and sometimes a little blue. We like when people have fun.

Sunday @ 7:30 PM

Heartbeat

New York City, NY

Heartbeat is a Magnet House Team specializing in the Spokane. Based in a firm grounded monoscene, Heartbeat heightens the world surrounding the location to the point where the world changes the monoscene itself. Made up of seasoned Magnet Theater graduates, Heartbeat performs weekly at the Magnet theater on Wednesday nights.

Friday @ 10:00 PM

History Under the Influence

Austin, TX

Inspired by the popular series Drunk History, a group of sober improvisers try to keep up with an extremely drunk narrator in "History Under the Influence." Kevin spends the hour before the show getting hammered, then stumbles onstage and asks the audience for a historical event they’d like to see re-enacted. The result is wacky, hilarious, and occasionally accurate. Since 2014, History Under the Influence has performed at improv festivals in five different states and four different countries, most recently IMPRO Amsterdam!

Saturday @ 7:00 PM

Honey

Brooklyn, NY

Honey is a group of three or four friends that takes inspiration from each other on and off stage. Our long form presentation is an exercise in love and silliness, two things we love to see more of on stage. Honey was an official selection of the several festivals in large cities over the past 5 years. They are one of the most well-traveled NYC improv teams.

Saturday @ 10:00 PM

Hostel

Baltimore, MD

Grab your passport and kiss your mommy and daddy goodbye, Hostel is open for business, and they love to play with others! This group of global improv citizens welcome improvisers from all over to play in for each of their shows, sharing the best of BIG’s Charm City stage with some of the funniest folks across the map.

Wednesday @ 7:30 PM

Hotline

Philadelphia, PA

Like a comedy version of The Babysitters Club, HOTLINE is an all-lady Philadelphia improv troupe that incorporates music and dance into their sets. The choreographer of Dirty Dancing has described HOTLINE as a "collective force of kindred spirits that share a strong yet gentle affection for one another." They perform regularly around Philadelphia and are directed by the Philly Improv Theater's improv director, Kristen Schier.

Saturday @ 10:00 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.

Thursday @ 7:30 PM

Improvaret

Baltimore, MD

Babs (Christina Enoch Kemmerer) and Midge (Bridget Cavaiola) have been singing cabaret hits together since they were young ladies just learning how to keep down their chardonnay. They love fur wraps, sequins, their lovers, and of course their faithful and handsome piano man, Sam (Jeff Waters). These ladies will improvise all of your favorite hits and make you feel all warm inside. And outside.

Sunday @ 7:30 PM

iMusical: The Improvised Musical

Washington, DC

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

Irony City

Pittsburgh, PA

Irony City is a close-knit crew of improvisers with backgrounds in comedy, theater, and writing who come together to tell believable stories on stage about odd characters in dramatic situations. Founded in 2006, the nearly 10 years of experience together results in a style of experimentation and playfulness in their monthly show at the Arcade Comedy Theater and in one-off creations such as the Irony City Holiday Reunion Spectacular!, An Improvised Musical Fairy Tale at the Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, and Play It By Ear: An Improvised Play by Irony City. Official Selection: Phoenix Improv Festival (2015), Detroit Improv Festival (2015).

Saturday @ 10:00 PM

The League of Pointless Improvisers

Ann Arbor, MI

We are the Resident Cast of the Pointless Brewery & Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI. We perform Long Form improv on Friday and Saturday nights as well as corporate events in SE Michigan.

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.

Tuesday @ 7:30 PM

Love Onion

Washington, DC

Love Onion fills your nostrils with fragrant umami and makes your eyes well up with giggle-tears. Based on the audience suggestion, this Washington Improv Theater house ensemble creates a new format each show that explores that suggestion through the themes, structure, and editing that develops in the first couple scenes. It could stay in one room or explore the universe; it could be familiar or utterly bonkers; it could use some salt or be well-seasoned. Love Onion doesn't know where they're going, but they're damn excited to get there!

Friday @ 7:00 PM

Man Vs. Movie (the world's only improvised movie)

Los Angeles, CA

Man vs Movie (the world's only one-man improvised movie) is a one man show with a cast of thousands. Veteran improviser Paul Vaillancourt takes a single suggestion of a line of poetry or a lyric from a song and, using that as his jumping off point, improvises an entire feature film right before your very eyes including everything you would see in a big budget Hollywood movie - camera angles, plot, characters, special effects and more.

Saturday @ 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.

Monday @ 7:30 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!

Tuesday @ 7:30 PM

Press Play

Washington, DC

By day, we push paper; by night, we press play. Improv from the funniest in Washington, DC.

Monday @ 7:30 PM

Prettier Than You

Washington, DC

Prettier Than You, is, um, prettier than you. Together since 2011, Prettier Than You has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, Charm City Comedy Festival, Comedy Pigs Festival (Frederick, MD), Washington Improv Theater, and the Unified Scene Theater (Washington, DC).

Friday @ 10:00 PM

Remote Possibilities

Baltimore, MD

A diverse group of Baltimore Improvisers, Remote Possibilities combine their two loves (episodic television and long form improv) to present a brand new episode in a long running series that heretofore has never existed. Whether it is a teen drama, police procedural, super hero saga, or sci-fi adventure, you are sure to be on a ride you'll never forget.

Tuesday @ 7:30 PM

Rudy Two Shoes

Baltimore, MD

This Harold team is BIG's newest Main Stage troupe!

Monday @ 7:30 PM

Sad Trombone

Philadelphia, PA

Sad Trombone is the comedy duo of improv veterans Ralph Andracchio and Steve Kleinedler. Give us your disappointments, and we'll give you a funny show. With no regrets.

Wednesday @ 7:30 PM

Sistine Robot

Washington, DC

Sistine Robot is one of the Washington, D.C. area’s longest-running independent long-form improv teams. The Robots have taken the stage at Washington Improv Theater, the Baltimore Improv Festival, the District Improv Festival, the Providence Improv Fest and Maryland Ensemble Theater. They host the venerable monthly show “Enjoy an Appletini with Sistine Robot” in the basement of a local gay bar. With a style that is both smart and silly, Sistine Robot is proof that robots CAN learn to love.

Friday @ 8:30 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 eight 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

The Cast

New York, NY

Follow around the cast and crew of a [one-night-only / improvised-just-for-you / that's-right-entirely-made-up] play, as they move from on-stage to off, and in and out of "character." Will the theatrical star-crossed lovers be secret off-stage enemies? Will the stage manager die halfway through the production, leaving the cast cue-less and clue-less? Will the entire original cast get horrible food poisoning so that the play must be performed entirely by understudies? All of this - AND MORE - might happen! Come for the fake play. Stay for the fake players.

Friday @ 8:30 PM

Those Who Can't

Various

A never before seen collection of teachers from BIG and visiting troupes.

Saturday @ 7:00 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 @ 7:00 PM