Acahti Players

Ithaca, NY

We perform a Harold as well scenes based off an audience interview.

Sunday 3:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

After School Grandma

Baltimore, MD

They might come in like a Harold and go out like a Pretty Flower; anything goes with this free-form improv troupe. The only guarantee is that you’ll see compelling characters facing life’s problems, together.

Monday 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Akimbo

Baltimore, MD

Hi, we are Akimbo, and we have scientifically proven that comedy is as simple as standing on a stage and pretending you are a farm animal. Come see us prove this live featuring the comedic animal stylings of Nathaniel Tyson, Kimberly Natalya Scarfe, Danny Hughes, Scott Hussein Lichtor, Michael Hartwell, Julia Gerhardt, & Patrick Davis.

Wednesday 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

The Amie and Kristen Show

Philadelphia, PA &amp New York, NY

Best friends, total babes, and improvisers Amie Roe and Kristen Schier perform an organic and fluid improv comedy show that’s been featured in theater festivals throughout the United States and Canada (eh!). These West Philadelphia natives deliver improvised comedy that is part best girlfriend, part social commentary, and mostly id.

Friday 8:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Bad Karaoke Experience

Baltimore, MD

We make up a musical on the spot with heroes, villains, sidekicks, and setbacks from a single word audience suggestion.

Thursday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Before Ghosts

Orlando, FL

Before Ghosts is a group of great friends who enjoy being together, working together, and laughing together, and love bringing this to the stage. We improvise, write, and perform to create untold stories through the comedic exploration of characters, relationships, and situations.

Friday 8:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Best Hair

New York, NY

Best Hair is a joyful group of weirdos from New York City (and the UCB theater). They love each other and performing improv for you! Their sets are a joyful mix of fantasty, flirtation, and nods to the 90s.

Saturday 4:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Big Bang

Boston, MA

The cast members of Big Bang represent some of the best improvisers from the Boston Improv scene since 2000 with over 100 years of collective improv and comedy experience which includes appearances on television, stage, film and festivals all over the world. Big Bang is directed by Will Luera, a member of the Boston Improv community since 1997. He is the current Director of Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre, Artistic Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston and a globally renowned improv and theater actor, director and instructor that performs and teaches regularly all across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.

Sunday 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Big in Certain Countries

Fairfax, VA

Big In Certain Countries, comprised of Eli Sloan, Alex Galloway, Eric Schlein and Erik Beringer, is a long-form improv troupe based in Northern Virginia since 2012. They have performed at The Del Close Comedy Marathon, The Washington Improv Theater, The Charm City Comedy Festival, The George Mason Comedy Festival and more. Members of BICC have also been featured at The Eastville Comedy Club, The Broadway Comedy Club, The LIT Comedy Fest and perform regularly in the greater Washington D.C. area.

Friday 6:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Bird and Friends

New York, NY

In "Bird and Friends - Cosmic Unity," anybody and any number at anytime from the audience can jump into Bird's improv set creating the ultimate cosmic unity of play. That means if YOU are currently reading this, YOU could jump into Bird's improvised universe. See the Show. BE the Show.

Saturday 8:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Blood Pact

Washington, DC

Forged by the deepest of bonds, Blood Pact is an all-female independent troupe focused on using improv to identify what it really means to be human. By using a variety of characters across a series of scenes, we explore both mundane topics and the relationships between people...and how those intersect. Like when your roommate's toenails cause problems. Sometimes it gets dark.

Sunday 4:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Boots N Cats

New York, NY

What happens when you combine improv with freestyle rapping? You get Boots N Cats! We take your suggestions and turn them into an improvised show and music video that you will never see again. Led by a beatboxer, Boot N Cats will have the audience laughing and wowed with its mad bars and beats. Ready for some fire? Come join us for a fun, high-energy show where everyone will rap from aunties to zoologists. Anything can happen, but one thing is for sure: Boots N Cats will bring the heat. You bring yourselves. Boots N Cats will bring the beats & bars.

Saturday 5:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Breakfast Boys

Brooklyn, NY

Breakfast Boys are a duo who perform the Breakfast form, in which every scene takes place at breakfast and there's always something to talk about

Saturday 4:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Casually Dope

Baltimore, MD

Casually Dope (formerly 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.

Sunday 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Chicken Shit Bingo

Baltimore, MD

Chicken Shit Bingo is part long form improv troupe, part cult, and part every octogenarians favorite pastime. Some guys think they can be winners, but the first prize always goes to these rank beginners.

Saturday 3:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Classic

Philadelphia, PA

CLASSIC is a long form improv team made up of a close knit, high-fiving, supportive as hell group friends.

Saturday 5:00 PM @ Joe Squared

Closed Casket

Harrisburg, PA

Closed Casket is a comedy improv duo just one step away from the dark side.

Sunday 4:00 PM @ Joe Squared

Comedy Pigs

Frederick, MD

Formed in 1992, the group has 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, and tour the region.

Wednesday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Danger Noodle

Washington, DC

Four Players, Four Suggestions: Danger Noodle presents a fast-paced format that's half hoedown, half Rubik's Cube, and half The Craft.

Sunday 4:00 PM @ Joe Squared

The Dilettante's Ball

Harrisburg, PA

The Dilettante's Ball presents The Family Dinner, a character-based 25-minute improv show. A family (dis)function devolves into chaos and hilarity when simmering love/hate relationships boil over.

Saturday 6:00 PM @ Joe Squared

Dog Show

Pittsburgh, PA

We are an independent, long form improv team based out of Pittsburgh, PA!

TBD

Dollar Store Bull$h#%

Richmond, VA

Dollar Store Bull$h#% hails from the great city of Richmond, Virginia where they have been performing together for 2 years and some change. Their bold, bright style paired with a little feistiness, and tendency towards the strange are just a few trademarks of their improv shows! Come get in touch with your inner weirdness with DSB!

Sunday 4:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Edgar Allan Poeprov

Chicago, IL

Edgar Allan Poeprov is a fully poeduced and impoevised play based on the last thoughts of Edgar Allan Poe as he lay dying in a ditch. Combining theatricality and spontaneity, Poeprov is a unique live theatre experience with costumes, lights, and set pieces! We play the Nevermore: vast, formless things that shift the scenery to and fro based on suggestions from the audience (dying Edgar Allan Poe). We then use original improv techniques and games to tell a story through the macabre lens of the most influential writer in American history.

Sunday 5:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Fade to Black

Baltimore, MD

Fade to Black improvises an entire movie based on an audience suggestion.

Monday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Fancy Boys

Pittsburgh, PA

The Fancy Boys hail from Pittsburgh, PA with the single goal to make sure long-form improv is never un-adorned, un-ornamented, or plain old simple. Get ready for some high-energy, whimsical, and moderately weird comedy.

Saturday 5:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Flower Shop Bangers

Chicago, IL

FSB was first formed by a trio for former teammates at Chicago's Gorilla Tango theater. Playing with big characters and high stakes, the Bangers made a name for themselves on the local barprov scene. After founding member Leejay Heller left in July 2013, FSB has continued on as a power duo.

Saturday 4:00 PM @ Joe Squared

Fuck That Shit

New York, NY

Fuck That Shit (A Comedy Team) is a team of improvisers who perform comedy. What form? What type of show? Fuck that shit, just come and laugh at Fuck That Shit.

Saturday 8:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

GHOST PARTY 👻🎉

Baltimore, MD

Just cause you're dead doesn't mean you can't have a good time! Come party with GHOST PARTY and friends as we navigate the world beyond - through the dark, supernatural art of shortform improv games.

Friday 11:15 PM @ The BIG Theater

Good at Sports

New York, NY

Black Improv with a High Dose of Intelligence

Saturday 7:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

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 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

#puppies

Philadelphia, PA & Washington, DC

Puppies begin social play with play-biting, pawing, and barking. The intensity escalates and becomes more complex as the dog matures. The first play-eliciting gesture seen in puppies is the raised paw. The play bow, is the classic invitation for a canine romp and is used by older pups and adults, along with barking, leaping forward to nose-poke and then withdrawing, face pawing and licking.

TBD

The High-Fivers

Washington, DC

The High-Fivers guarantees every viewer a high five and a rip-roarin' good time.

Saturday 6:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Honey

New York, NY

A group of six friends from New York City, Honey's fast fun style has delighted crowds at over 25 improv festivals across the country. A Baltimore Improv Festival veteran, Honey is not to be missed.

Saturday 10:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Honeymoon Improv

Minneapolis, MN

A improv duo that performs scenes inspired by interviewing a real couple in the audience. They'll explore the relationship between the couple. They'll not make fun of the couple, but rather look at all the fun ways humans behave when they're in the honeymoon stage of a relationship. They'll play with all the lovely ways couples will negotiate with the each other and explore how they partners react when they discover new information about the person they're falling in love with. Come find out your love language. Or just come along as we have fun.

Friday 8:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Hostel

Baltimore, MD

Grab your passport and kiss your mommy and daddy goodbye, Baltimore Improv Group‘s 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. Just doing their part to show why Baltimore is, in fact, the Greatest (and most hilarious) City in America.

Wednesday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Hot Doggies

Toronto, ON

Hot Doggies' act features grounded relationships, ghosting into multiple characters, and a high level of physicality—it's not a set unless the two have lifted each other up in awkward positions at least once. The duo often utilizes all areas on the stage (and even off the stage if possible) to give audience members a variety of scene pictures.

Sunday 3:00 PM @ Joe Squared

The Hypothesis

Washington, DC

Do you like it when two seemingly unrelated things are smashed together? Are you a fan of fusion, nuclear or cuisine? Then you will love The Hypothesis, a science improv team who brings their own scientist to every show. You'll laugh, cry and maybe learn something along the way. And that's not too bad of an outcome. Our hypothesis is that this will be a lot of fun. We just need you, the audience, to be our data points.

Saturday 6:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Imaginary Friends

Baltimore, MD

When you're doing improv, you are surrounded by as many friends as your mind can handle. Imaginary Friends will take your suggestions and create new worlds you never knew could exist.

Tuesday 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Improv 4 Lawyers

St. Petersburg, FL / Philadelphia, PA

“Defending My Hero” combines the drama of the courtroom with the quick decisions of improv. Watch as real life improv-performing attorneys improvise the closing arguments of a trial of a beloved superhero of the audience’s choosing. If you love Law & Order, if you argue the virtues of Marvel vs. DC, or if you like to laugh, join Improv4Lawyers as it attempts to defend your hero.

Sunday 4:00 PM @ Joe Squared

iMusical: The Improvised Musical

Washington, DC

iMusical performs a completely improvised musical based on one audience suggestion. Characters, songs, lyrics, and narrative are made up on the spot to bring you a brand new, one time only, mostly coherent piece of musical theater.

Thursday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Jillroy

Philadelphia, PA

Based in Philadelphia, Jillroy is rooted in physicality, playfulness and the absurd. With Jillroy, things can get weird real fast, but can make so much sense in here (points to heart).

Saturday 5:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Just

Minneapolis, MN

Just is a three beat timeline duo wherein Pamela Mazzone and Edd Jones explore a relationship over time. The first beat establishes the relationship, the second and third beats skip ahead an indeterminate amount of time, and the audience sees how the relationship between the two evolves.

Friday 6:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

King Zebra

New York, NY

King Zebra! An all black improv team that breaks all conventional rules to bring you the most authentic hilarious reality!

Friday 7:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Lady Squid

New York, NY

Mystical, magical, surreal and unreal, Lady Squid perform monoscenes that are "out of this world." They create new base realities as a home base, and heighten to places that are far out. Audiences will feel like they've left this world, but they haven't even left the single scene. They're also very good friends.

Saturday 5:00 PM @ Joe Squared

Lancaster Improv Players

Lancaster, PA

Founded in 2015, Lancaster Improv Players (LIP) has performed in Lancaster, Philadelphia, York, Harrisburg, Reading, State College, Bucks County, and Lebanon, PA. The troupe has also performed at the 2016 Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, the 2018 Steelstacks Improv Festival in Bethlehem, PA and the NYC 218 Improvfest. LIP is nonprofit, working with local college and high school improv troupes to improve their game and the troupe has also done workshops for local companies and schools! LIP performs an entertaining mix of long and short-form, crafting an unforgettable experience for the audience!

Saturday 3:00 PM @ Joe Squared

The League of Pointless Improvisers

Ann Arbor, MI

Formed in 2015, the League of Pointless Improvisers perform at the Pointless Brewery & Theatre in Ann Arbor, MI. The rotating cast of 22 is made up of the finest improvisers in SE Michigan and is directed by owner Jason Tomalia and Gary Lehman along with co-director Bob Wieck. They perform character and relationship driven Long Form improv and experiment each month with a different form as part of the Friday late show "A Pointless Display of Improvised Feats". The League of Pointless Improvisers has been invited to perform at the Baltimore Improv Festival, Detroit Improv Festival, Pittsburgh Comedy Festival, IFCincy, Grand Rapids Improv Festival and Kalamazoo Improv Festival.

Saturday 7:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Left for Dead

Rochester, NY

We are an improv comedy team from Rochester, NY, all over age 50. Come see us now while you have the chance. We don’t have that much time left.

Saturday 6:00 PM @ Joe Squared

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.

Monday 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Local Spot

Baltimore, MD

Ever had the itch to say what’s really on your mind at the office party? Maybe, you’ve just wanted to see what life was like in another time and place? Come check out Local Spot as they explore the drama and hilarity of a life lived recklessly. All they need is a suggestion from the audience and they’ll explore the craziness of life in an improvised one-act play right before your eyes!

Wednesday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Love Onion

Washington, DC

Love Onion -- a Washington Improv Theater house ensemble -- is a bunch of weirdos. From afar, Love Onion looks like just another dirty root vegetable. But slice that baby open, and you’ll find a loving heart surrounded by an emotional support system of vitamin C, calcium and iron.

Saturday 6:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Mainstage Improv

Westerville, Ohio

A group of performance majors from Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio! Always uninhibited, always wild, and sometimes musical. Just jonesing to make some funnies- perhaps you will laugh, perhaps cry, perhaps make a revelation about the human experience and the gift of mortality.

Sunday 3:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Mango

Cambridge, MA

Mango is a Cambridge, MA free-form improv team that is love with a color story.

Sunday 4:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Martinez

Washington, DC

Martinez plays fast and loose with the rules AND your heart. The cast is Kristina Martinez, Nick Martinez, and Olivia Martinez. They are not related.

Friday 6:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Moon Baby

Baltimore, MD

We're out of this world...and could use a good cuddle.

Tuesday 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Nature's Dirt

Baltimore, MD

We won’t judge you for stealing from Mother Earth.

Monday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Neighborhood Watch

Philadelphia, PA

Neighborhood Watch is one of the longest running teams in Philadelphia, PA. Since their debut as a conservatory team at the Philly Improv Theater (PHIT), they've gone on to perform at shows and festivals in cities all over the east coast. Their style and form is a series of location based montages filled with big characters.

Friday 7:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Old City

Baltimore, MD

Welcome to Old City. The male/female ratio may be off, but here everyone loves you as you are. Move on in to BIG’s newest city where bars outnumber people, and the drink of the night is always Delicious Comedy.

Monday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

OLGA

Baltimore, MD

OLGA is a Baltimore-based indie comedy duo comprised of Jen Diamond and Pam Hugi. Formed in 2014, OLGA performs long-form improv, original sketches, and duo-stand up. OLGA has performed in Baltimore, DC, Philadelphia, and New York. Both Jen and Pam love their moms a lot.

Tuesday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Ophelia's Rope

Houston, TX

Summoning inspiration from an audience-selected number and topic, Ophelia's Rope sets out on a journey of interpretation, proceeding to morph the answers into a setting, plot, and duo of unexpected, and sometimes quirky, characters. With no story predicted, no ending forecasted, Ophelia’s Rope wanders the worlds of imagination, coloring surprising scenes their audiences inspired.

Saturday 7:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Pendulosity

Annapolis, MD

Swinging from scene to scene, in and out of reality, maintaining a state of comedic equilibrium.

Sunday 3:00 PM @ Joe Squared

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 @ The BIG Theater

Judy Winslow Presents: Planes, Trains, and AutomoBFFS

Washington, DC

Let your travel nightmare be fodder for gal pals Liz Sanders and Jordana Mishory's comedy fun.

Saturday 4:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Press Play

Washington, DC

Press Play is one of the longest running improv comedy teams in Washington, DC. Founded in 2010, Press Play loves performing in venues across Washington, DC, including as a guest troupe at Dojo Comedy and Washington Improv Theater, and across the nation when we can.

Sunday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

The Quitters

Washington, DC

This ladies-only improv troupe knows exactly how to quit you.

Sunday 5:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Remote Possibilities

Baltimore, MD

Based on the tropes of televised dramas, Remote Possibilities will perform a narrative based show and entertain you as much as your favorite Netflix series. Their specialties include Teen Dramas, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Adventures, Police Procedurals, Medical Dramas and more. You'll wish you could binge this show!

Sunday 6:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Sábado Picante

Washington, DC

Sábado Picante is Washington D.C.'s only fully improvised all-Spanish telenovela. Who will lie? Who will cheat? Who will suddenly come down with amnesia? Don’t worry, you don’t need to know Spanish… We have a feeling it won’t matter!

Sunday 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Sad Trombone

Philadelphia, PA

Hailing from the City of Brotherly Love, Sad Trombone is the brotherly lovechild of Steve Kleinedler and Ralph Andracchio. These two veteran improvisers have performed all over the US and enjoy digging deep into the nooks and crannies of relationship muffins to find all the buttery goodness. Give them your disappointing personal stories, and they'll give you a show that patiently explores what made it so disappointing in the first place through interesting characters and engaging relationships.

Wednesday 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Scrapple

Baltimore, MD

As delicious as our name suggests! Scrapple is going to get weird for your viewing pleasure. We go best when paired with maple syrup.

Sunday 6:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Sea Tea Improv Touring Company

Hartford, CT

The Sea Tea Touring Company is comprised of improvisers from the Hartford area. We bring our improv all over the country and have performed at festivals throughout New England, the East Coast and beyond. Our home base is the Sea Tea Comedy Theater, but we're always looking to follow the fun to new exciting places!

Saturday 10:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Silversmith

Baltimore, MD

An improvised EVENT. A birthday party, a marathon, the state fair? You tell us. We introduce ourselves with character monologues. Watch how those characters interact and recreate an event experience such that you'll be transported to that event

Saturday 4:00 PM @ Joe Squared

Spacework

Harrisburg, PA

Spacework is a seven person team, which has been performing together since November 2015. Their home base is the Harrisburg Improv Theater in Harrisburg, PA where they perform monthly.

Saturday 4:00 PM @ Joe Squared

Staycation

Bethlehem, PA

Staycation is 30 minutes of completely unscripted, high-energy long-form improvised comedy, which pays tribute to the format of a Harold while simultaneously setting out to break it. Let Staycation whisk you away to comedic places unknown, inspired by a one-word suggestion and a conversation in a living room. No long lines. No invasive security checks. No awkward shoe removal. No luggage. Just bring the laughter. We'll improvise the rest.

Saturday 3:00 PM @ Joe Squared

Sunglow

Dallas, TX

Sunglow was born in June of 2016 from the Dallas Comedy House Ewing Auditions. A group of eight strangers started out in the ewing format and performed together for eight consecutive weeks soon forming an impeccable bond. After the scheduled ewing run was over, Sunglow decided to form a permanent troupe and continue performing together. Sunglow is excited to expand their horizons and perform any and everywhere. Their mission in life is to spread improv light and belly-aching laughter. So what are you waiting for? Let Sunglow light up your life and get your daily dose of vitamin D today!

Saturday 3:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Surprise Party

Baltimore, MD

Surprise Party is a team of improvisers who believe strongly in the comedic value deception. Just when you think a show is over... They'll perform another set! Just when you think a show won't have props in it... they'll bring props into the show! Just when you think you solved that pesky Identity-theft issue... it'll turn out that it was Surprise Party who actually stole your identity and they pinned it on the guy you had arrested as part of one of their crazy shows!​

Thursday 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

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 nine 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 10:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Theater Strike Force

Gainesville, FL

Theatre Strike Force is a student run improv troupe from the University of Florida. This team is composed of some of TSF's most dedicated players- both past, present, and outgoing! Coming from Gainesville and New York City, this long form improv team is goofy as Mickey's pup.

Saturday 3:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

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.

TBD

The Future

Philadelphia, PA

The Future has been doing whatever it takes to make audiences laugh since 2013. Give them a suggestion and watch as it gets turned into a recreation of the past, a twisted sci-fi dystopia, or possibly a feat of physical strength. Comprised of some of Philadelphia’s top performers, The Future has built a reputation domestically and abroad as a group of weirdos who create comedy that is always more than the sum of their parts.

Friday 7:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Thighmeat

Baltimore, MD

Thighmeat is Baltimore's oldest Indie team, specializing in grounded wackiness. We do what we call a "messy Harold" but we promise not to leave a mess!

Sunday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

Tobin Tales

New York, NY

An improvised storytelling show from the unique goblin imagination of Tobin Mollett. Using a title cobbled together from audience suggestions, Tobin weaves a fully improvised story in the style of the classic dark fairy tales from the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen. He inhabits all the characters, narrates all the text, and patches it all up in the end*. It’s a tightrope walk through a land of talking animals, orphaned children, twisting forest trails, witches, giants, and terrible curses. The themes are old, but the stories are brand new.
*Warning: Not all stories end happily ever after.

Saturday 5:00 PM @ Joe Squared

Toe Money

Baltimore, MD

Together we help the audience picture an item in detail. Transform a simple item into three very distinct extreme character views. These character traits become exalted and then we embody the traits. Through various relationships, places, and major life events, we’ll demonstrate different terrifying comedic ramifications of how each point of view might play out in the world’s we create.

Sunday 6:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Topiary

Baltimore, MD

We start with a personal story, inspired by an audience suggestion, recounted by one of our troupe members and delve into the details with humor, heart, and a touch of the surreal.

Sunday 7:30 PM @ The BIG Theater

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.

Tuesday 9:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Unfiltered Improv

Newark, DE

Short-form improv by students at the University of Delaware in a non-audition group, Unfiltered Improv.

Sunday 3:00 PM @ The BIG Theater

Well Known Strangers

Pittsburgh, PA

The Well Known Strangers have been together and performing their unique and ever-evolving brand of long-form improv in and around the city of Pittsburgh for over three years. They began at Steel City Improv theater and were the longest running house team until they retired from Totally Free Mondays in September of 2013. Though the Strangers themselves have seen a few different iterations, the high quality and cohesive performances of this pizza obsessed improv family remains constant. Using the combined years of experience of each Stranger and elements of multiple forms, the Well Known Strangers pull together a new, fresh, dynamic, hilarious, hot from the oven and ready-to-order set of comedy every show.

Saturday 3:00 PM @ Joe Squared

Whatever, Dad

Maplewood, NJ

Improv troupe Whatever, Dad enjoys walks on stage, occasional family dysfunction and being laughed at. Our longform piece starts organic and grounded and is likely to degenerate from there into an exploration of chaos -- just like family.

Saturday 6:00 PM @ Joe Squared