Surprise Inside is Los Angeles' only live improv comedy rock band. Every song in every set is invented right the f*ck now, on the spot, based on YOUR life. After the band's set, join the band for a live band improv jam. Get in on the action and become a rock star for the night!
The Un-Scripted Theater Company® is proud to be hosting the third ever West Coast Musical Improv Festival! Un-Scripted is one of a handful of theater companies specializing in theatrical improvisation, emphasizing acting, truthful, grounded characters, believable relationships, and uses narrative structure to tell a story. Often funny, but just as likely to be serious, thought-provoking, and touching, Un-Scripted will combine its unique narrative longform style with contemporary musical theatre styles to create a never-before-seen musical.
All That Jazz A fully improvised musical set in the Golden Age of Jazz, for #WCMIF2018 All That Jazz explores the bebop, blues-rock, doo-wop, and smooth croons of the 1950s. Beatnik bongos? Muted Miles trumpet? Jailhouse rock harmonica? Anything is possible when audience suggestions start the story! The cast makes it up on the spot with singing, dancing, and a variety of musical instruments.
A Tribe Called Yes brings together actors, musicians, and MCs to tell the story of underdogs on a freestyle trip to fame and misfortune. Every show begins with a live DJ firing up his turntables as soon as the audience enters the auditorium and can’t stop (won’t stop) until the audience has experienced a story about the feuds, fame, and family that shaped the world of hip-hop.
Everyone loves a musical. This one just happens to be about the end of the world. Dystopia! The Musical, originally created by Michael Yichao at Seattle's Jet City Improv, takes a lighthearted look at the apocalypse. This playful improvised musical is half existential dread and half glitter. You tell us how the world ends. Then we tell you what happens in song.
Pitch, Please! creates a fully improvised, a cappella, one-act musical out of thin air. Armed with a single suggestion from the audience, Pitch, Please! delves into scenes, songs, dance breaks, heart breaks and character breaks all without the help of a piano. When it comes time to sing, the improvisers on stage create all the accompaniment they need with their own vocal cords, laying down bass lines, melodies, harmonies, ooo’s, ahhhhhh’s, and beats on the spot. If you liked Pitch Perfect, you’ll love Pitch, Please! If you hated Pitch Perfect, your opinion is wrong.
Bookends: A Musical Journey is a bi-coastal improvised musical theatre duo made up of improvisors and Un-Scripted alums Diana DiCostanzo and Clay Robeson. Their show is inspired by Jason Robert Brown’s musical The Last Five Years and tells the story (exclusively through song) of two characters whose timelines criss-cross through time. The audience helps establish the given parameters of the characters' relationship and the cast fills in the rest! Diana DiCostanzo is currently an NYC-based actress, improvisor, and singer/songwriter and Clay Robeson is an SF-based improvisor. Their duo was formed with the mission to continue bringing cutting-edge, dramatic, improvised musical theatre to audiences everywhere. They have performed at the New York Musical Improv Festival (2017) and are thrilled to be returning to the West Coast Musical Improv Festival after their debut there in 2017.
American Immigrants is an improvised musical evening featuring two improvisors, two guitars and infinite possibilities. American Immigrants takes an audience suggestion and spins it into a brand new song on the spot, then creates scenes based off of that song. It's long form improvisation with guitars. American Immigrants is made up of Anthony Veneziale, known also for his work in Freestyle Love Supreme (with Lin Manuel Miranda & other Hamiltonians), SF’s own The Freeze and HUGE, and has appeared in various shows including Sex in The City and HBO’s Looking. Vivek Venugopal is an SF-based stand-up comedian and improvisor.
Every summer, The Kickapoo Community Players present the Outdoor Summer Musical Series in the Estelle Getty Memorial Theater. For over 40 years, we have performed everything from Oklahoma to Oh Calcutta! Then, last year, we tried something different: we wrote and performed our own original musical. It was an overwhelming success, and now we have traveled all the way to San Francisco in order to pitch our show to you, our investors. With your help and support, we can take our production all the way.... to Broadway!
Since 2013, Speechless has been selling out shows at comedy clubs and conferences all over the country and the world. Armed only with a laser pointer and a deck of random slides, presenters ranging from stand up comedians to software engineers and Tony Award winners to TED presenters have put their talents to the test in the ultimate improvisational gauntlet, giving a presentation that they've never seen before. Fusing technology with comedy, Speechless is the entertainment experience for the Web 2.0 world. Speechless is joining the musical improv world to bring a one-of-a-kind experience which can only be complete with input from the audience and a presenter with no prior knowledge of the subject matter.
Formed in 2017, La Spazzatura is a work of love from two Endgames Improv house team members, based in San Francisco, CA. Olivia Puerta and Emily Markoe, both classically trained vocalists and experienced improvisers, combine their love of opera and comedy as La Spazzatura. Along with a piano accompanist, they perform a series of full improvised, fully sung operatic scenes.
Operavised! are classically-trained singers/improvisers, performing long-form, continuously-sung, fully-improvised musicals in different styles. "Opera" means different things to different people, but to them, it's musical-theater with the emphasis on the music! They use the traditional recitative/aria format, but with long-form improv comedy as their narrative foundation, drawing on the classics from Mozart to Puccini to Sondheim to Bugs Bunny.
Flash Mob Musical uses an audience member's suggestion of a favorite song lyric to inspire a montage of scenes and songs made up entirely on the spot. There may be games. There may be call-backs. There may even be musical reprises, but absolutely no narrative!