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ALL THAT JAZZ! takes the musical improv format to a new level with singing, dancing, period costumes and multi-instrumentalist actor/musicians in the cast.The actors freely incorporate brass, harmonica, ukelele, and percussion to accompany each other along with their keyboardist.
Since 2014 ALL THAT JAZZ! has blended these unique layers of creativity, dazzling with their jumpin’ jive all over the San Francisco Bay Area. Audiences are transported back in time to the Golden Age of Jazz (1920s-40s) with a bevy of beauties and hoard of handsomes as they create a once-in-a-lifetime story.
CAST: Yael Schy, John Remak, Jon Zimmerman, Dana Cory, Melissa Dinwiddle and musician Devin Farney.
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BATS Improv (San Francisco)
BATS Improv is a professional theatre company and an artistic community that cultivates and innovates the craft of improvised theatre through engaging, playful, creative performance and training.
Founded in 1986, we are the most highly acclaimed and longest-running improvised theatre company and school in San Francisco and all of Northern California.
BATS Improv is more than a theatre company and a school. We are a center for improvised theatre — an integrated universe of improv. We are a community of people who share our vision, who want to challenge themselves, have fun, and connect with others who feel the same way.
Buzzed Broadway! An Improvised Musical and Drinking Game (Chicago)
The cast of Buzzed Broadway will take a suggestion for a title of a never-before-seen musical, and off they’ll go, using the characters, styles, and themes of Broadway musicals! From Sondheim to Kander and Ebb - it’s going to be fast; it’s going to be fun; and it’s all going to be cram-packed with an interactive drinking game incorporated into the show. This will of course be optional - no one will be forced to drink because that’s not fun and it’s most likely illegal. There’s no business like show business! And as we like to say, it’s our business doing pleasure with you, so let’s get to it!
CAST: Sydney Clinton, Holly Lambert, Steven Lyons, Kerri Morrison, Caroline Nash, Alexander Smith, and Frankie Weschler.
Since their beginnings at the Veterans Memorial Building in 2007 in Pleasanton, California when they performed their first long-form show “Episodes of Terror”, an improvised teen horror show, Creatures of Impulse has grown from an eleven-member troupe formed from culminating teen improv classes into the 28-member troupe it is today. In 2012, the Creatures of Impulse teen improv program was awarded the California Park and Recreation Society’s “Creating Community Award of Excellence. Creatures of Impulse has been the only troupe to represent The State of California at the Teen Comedy Festival four years in a row from 2010 to 2013 and is the youngest troupe to perform at the New York Musical Improv Festival to date.
CAST: Chloé Reddy, Claire Wagner, Brenna Adams, Megan Farrell, Luke Carter, Matthew Bessiere
Un-Scripted Theater Company’s® Saturday late-night show, DASH mixes games and scenes into a seamless, spontaneous and continuously morphing spectacle of excitement and laughs. Over the course of the show, the cast incorporates audience ideas and suggestions throughout, from the ridiculous to the hilarious. Anything can (and probably will) happen at DASH, but all things comedy and chaos are pretty safe bets.
CAST: Paul Holman-Kursky, Derek Cochran, Michael Fleming, Scott Keck, Dana Cory
FLASH MOB MUSICAL (San Francisco)
Flash Mob Musical (FMM) starts with an opening number inspired by an audience member's suggestion. The suggestion is pulled, bent, bounced off walls - ending in an explosion of music and songs – completely made up on the spot! Yes, from the opening number to the grand finale and everything in between – it's all created before your very eyes!
FMM has been together since 2014 and is part of the Endgames Indie Group Community.
CAST: Amalia Aquino, Shawn Brick, Dustin Clingman, Kate Dramstad, James Liu, Aimee Lucido, Olivia Puerta , Rico Roque, Debra Schifrin, and Mithra Vankpuram. FMM is directed by Angela Perez.
The Family Glimmershtick
The Family Glimmershtick (LA/NYC)
CAST: Tara Copeland and T.J. Mannix
LimboLand (New York City)
One man. Four chairs. Unlimited characters. LimboLand is a one-man tour-de-force. Veteran/Actor T.J. Mannix, plays every role in a completely improvised, music fueled show. Whether duetting with himself or playing eight family members at the same time, T.J. mines the humor, passion and dark side that make us irresistible. At the mercy of the music director, any character can be forced to skillfully break into song!
CAST: T.J. Mannix
Lula and Juicy's Farewell Tour
Lula and Juicy's Farewell Tour (San Francisco)
After singing and performing together forEVERRR, Lula and Juicy are finally calling it quits! America has grown up with this iconic duo who discovered themselves before our very eyes. From childhood darlings to sexy sirens to captivating cougars - you won't want to miss this stroll down memory lane as Lula and Juicy sing their greatest hits! This fully improvised 'show in a show' takes you on stage and in the dressing room between sets.
CAST: Laura Wachtel and Gemma Bulos
Minor Suspension (San Diego)
Minor Suspension is the Finest City Improv's Musical Improv house team made up of seasoned ensemble members and talented musicians! From a single suggestion we create an entire musical right on the spot. We explore everything from love and relationships, political satire even the secret of life of canned soup. Join us for the most fun you will ever have in your life (no guarantees, no refunds)!
CAST: Kasey Branam, Sylvia Diffenderfer, Kevin Langdon, Joe Partynski, Jesse Suphan, with accompanist Jordan Liberman
Musical! The Musical (Los Angeles)
Full of song, dance, and irony, our troupe, Musical! The Musical! promises you a show you'll never forget. With trained singers ranging across the vocal scale, we use every tool at our disposal to create the closest thing to a Broadway musical as we can get. Yes, that means there's a hero and villain. Yes, that means the sidekick may be the one to save the day. Yes, that means jazz squares.
Our long-form improv format allows us to explore the depths of the world we begin to create with you, with no part of the story left untouched. This creates an incredibly fulfilling experience, complemented with fun physicality, complex harmonies, and many dramatic emotions. There will be laughs; there could also be tears. But no matter what, we want you there for the magical, and musical, ride. We are Musical! The Musical!
Two divas, one accompanist, and endless possibilities of musical ecstasy, hilarity, or absurdity, derived from your suggestions! We are classically-trained musicians who want to put our expensive music educations to use, without having to memorize our parts! We also love improvising, so this troupe is a win-win! Playing together at Bay Area musical improv jams, we discovered we have that special kind of harmony needed to put improvised opera (or operavised improv) on the map!
CAST: Liz Garfinkle and Jameela Huq
Robot Teammate and The Accidental Party (Los Angeles)
Robot Teammate & The Accidental Party is a musical comedy troupe programmed to entertain humans. Activated by audience suggestions, the Robots create completely improvised shows featuring polyphonic music, inventive lyrics, and fantastical narratives faster than you can say 011011011.
Since 2012, the Robots have captivated audiences with their spontaneous musical adventures in venues such as Upright Citizens Brigade, Nerdist, and the Geek & Sundry Twitch.tv stream. In 2014, the team set a new world record with an 86-week winning streak in the audience-voted "cagematch" competition at iO West. Their original scripted sci-fi musical TIMEHEART premiered to sold out audiences at the Hollywood fringe 2015, earning multiple nominations including Best Musical and was the top-grossing show of the festival. They were named "Best of the Fest" at the San Diego Improv Festival in 2016, where they also taught the highly-rated "How to Be a Musical Rockstar" workshop.
CAST: Chris Bramante, Miles Crosman, Molly Dworsky, Nikki Muller, Kat Primeau, Dave Reynolds, and musical director, Sam Johnides.
Stage 4 Improv (San Jose)
Stage 4 Improv is a Bay Area comedy machine, specializing in long-form improvised musical performances. Veteran improvisors (and real life buddies) Sam Neipp, Kevin O'Shea, Chris Scharmen & Michael Wilcoxen have been performing together for close to a decade. Their original feature show "Writers Block", follows four broadway playwrights on a deadline as they write and perform a new (improvised) Broadway musical. Every show is different, but all feature unforgettable characters in extraordinary circumstances. Join them and you'll quickly see they have as much fun performing as the audience does watching. Sometimes insightful, always unpredictable, the laughs are guaranteed.
CAST: Sam Neipp, Kevin O'Shea, Chris Scharmen & Michael Wilcoxen
Surprise Inside (Los Angeles)
Surprise Inside is a improv rock band that does monthly karaoke show (all audience members can improvise with the band) at UCB Sunset.
TI MANY MARTOONIS (Los Angeles)
Ti Many Martoonis have been making things up and singing songs together in various combinations and shows all over Los Angeles for over a decade. You may have seen their faces at ComedySportz LA, iO West, UCB LA, Nerdist, The Clubhouse, or Universal Studios. You may have also seen their TV work on Mad TV, Adult Swim, World Cup Comedy and Survivor.
Over the years, Scott, Lauren, Andy and Myles always looked forward to the nights where they got a chance to improvise music together so in 2015 they decided to make it official, add some cocktails, and invite an audience to join the party. Ti Many Martoonis was born. The group's blend of musical styles and skills - Scott provides all the music while also joining in the singing - add up to a playful yet polished style. The show's form, drawing upon both the foursome's long standing friendships and our new friends in the audience, draws on the players' heads, hearts, and livers to mix a never-before (or again)-seen musical revue each night.
CAST: Andy Crocker, Myles Nye, Scott Passarella and Lauren Pritchard
Just a Musical is Un-Scripted Theater Company®’s fully improvised musical, done in the style of modern Broadway musicals. We aim to expand the boundaries of what improvised musical theater can be! Un-Scripted Theater Company® creates smart, innovative, and entertaining improvised theater that delights audiences and advances the craft and art of improvisation. Since 2002, we have staged over forty productions in a range of genres and styles: stage plays, musicals, narrative long-form, improv comedy, and theatrical experiments. The company performs in San Francisco and was named Best Theater Company 2008 by the SF Bay Guardian.
CAST: Molly Robertson, David Boyll, Melissa Holman-Kursky, Gemma Bulos, Michael Fleming
Rhyme Chasers (South Bay)
Three people in their rhythmic prime
Creating songs and chasing rhymes
Through musicals and games combined
Rhyme Chasers… that’s what they do!
Rhyme Chasers is a musical improv group that performs fast-paced rhyming games and made-up musicals. They’re pushing the boundaries of musical improv with never-before-seen games, wowing crowds with ridiculously fast freestyle raps, and making up musical stories right on the spot. Every show is a unique experience you won't want to miss!
CAST: Jameela Huq, Neil Pomerleau, Kyle Swany