Big City Improv Festival, Canada’s largest improv showcase, celebrates its sixth year of presenting the best improvisers from across North America. Shows will run from October 13 – 21, 2017 at five venues in Toronto featuring over 100 improv troupes from across North America.

Big City Improv Festival will also include the premiere of A Very Specific Place, an experimental site-specific show by Jan Caruana and Rob Baker at Siberia Vintage. The audience will experience an improv show inspired by the space they’re in, with characters exclusive to that environment – an everyday setting transformed.

“This year we have something for everyone. The lineup is a reflection of the people of Toronto. From the neurotic and anxious energy of K&M, to the LGBTQ+ Kinsey Fail, to Halal Rainbow, to the kinky Bedpost Sex Show, to Tallboyz II Men – each troupe represents something different. We’re proud to offer so many voices this year, of course with the common thread of….it’s all made up!” said Erin Conway, Executive Producer of BCIF.

The schedule for BCIF, including the Festival Freebies series, panel discussions with industry leaders, community builders, teachers, and performers, is now online:

The Big City Improv Festival, created by artistic director Adrianne Gagnon in 2011, is Canada’s largest gathering of improvisers with marquee headliners, local showcases, public workshops and industry panels. Alumni includes Scott Adsit, Phil LaMarr, Colin Mochrie, Maribeth Monroe, Lauren Ash, National Theatre of the World, and more.

Venues include:
Comedy Bar, 945 Bloor Street West
Bad Dog Theatre, 875 Bloor Street West
The Social Capital Theatre, 154 Danforth Avenue
Siberia Vintage (formerly Storefront Theatre), 955 Bloor Street West

Single tickets: $12 – $20 • Festival Pass: $75
Online at

A Very Specific Place

A Very Specific Place

Some suggested shows:

Friday October 13, 9:30pm – Bad Dog Theatre

Lusty Mannequins, After School Grandma and Soul Decision

Saturday October 14, 11pm Bad Dog Theatre

Casually Dope, Death Ray Cabaret, and Grim Diesel

Monday October 16, 8pm – Comedy Bar Mainstage

Corey Matthews, Tallboyz II Men, and Fake Cops

Tuesday October 17, 9:30pm – Comedy Bar Mainstage

Gentleman Frog, DEBACLE, and The Sufferettes

Thursday October 19, 9:30pm – Comedy Bar Mainstage

Squad Goals Birthday Party (Sarah Hillier, Paloma Nuñez, Kayla Lorette, Ashley Botting, Jess Bryson, Liz Johnston and Ann Pornel)

Thursday October 19, 9:30pm – Siberia Vintage
A Very Specific Place, an experimental site-specific show by Jan Caruana and Rob Baker

Friday October 20, 9:30pm – Comedy Bar Mainstage

2 Man No Show, Studio System, and K&M

Friday October 20, 11pm – Comedy Bar Mainstage

YOLK, Bloody Marys, and Laurelly

About The Author

René Samulewitsch
CEO: Chief Entertainment Officer

René Samulewitsch @VIPRene is a globetrotter with a hunger for adventure, but at heart, he will always be an urban tourist with big love for Toronto. When not busy with his day job as a PR strategist, he spends his time exploring the city’s culture and entertainment venues. Rene has a passion for sharing experiences, and truly believes in the power of word of mouth. Favourite place in Toronto: Kensington Market in the Summer as there’s always something new to discover. Queen Street for the urban vibe and King Street to let loose and party.

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