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: bigcityimprovfestival.com/schedule/index.html.
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.
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 bigcityimprovfestival.com
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)
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