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The Winnipeg IF... Improv Festival returns for the 15th time. This year we bring back some favourites and some new players that will blow your mind. The reason we know that they will blow your mind is that they have blown ours. You see, we at the Improv Festival have traveled the world and have performed with some of the very best improvisers on the planet. It is our mission to bring these amazing acts to Winnipeg for our local audiences to enjoy.

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Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
THE FESTIVAL SAMPLER PLATTER

Photo: Janet Shum


The kick-off for the festival has traditionally been the free Sampler Platter show at the King's Head Pub. The show is hosted by Stephen and Lee from CRUMBS as part of Comedy Knights, the weekly comedy series that has been running on Tuesdays in one way, shape, or form for nine seasons! The Sampler Platter is where the audience gets little tastes and samples of who will be performing at the IF… Improv Festival. There might even be some surprise guests (and by "might," we most certainly mean "guaranteed"). As traditions go, this one is pretty good.

King's Head Pub, 120 King St.  |  9 p.m.  |  Free



Wednesday, October 1st, 2014
THE DnD IMPROV SHOW: Sci-Fi Edition 

Photo: Janet Shum


The DnD Improv show has been showcasing their show at the Winnipeg IF… Improv Festival for years, as well as being a huge monster of a hit at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival for years. This year they will again be showing off a new show, their "Sci-Fi Edition". They drop their swords and pick up lasers. They won't be riding horses, they'll be rocketing across the galaxy in spaceships. So now instead of magical hilarity, they'll be beaming alien science comedy all over you.

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $10
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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

FRANGLAIS: The FRENCH vs ENGLISH SHOW 


Oh Canada, when will you learn to just get along and stop fighting with yourselves?

FRANGLAIS will feature French language improvisers pitted against English language improvisers in a battle of wits and tongues (no, not french kissing tongues). CRUMBS, touring through multi-language Europe, would often be forced to invent and play improv games focusing on language. This lead to the simple idea of trying out those same games right here in Winnipeg, a city with two distinct improv scenes… two scenes that have seldom ever played together… until now. 

We get to help La LIM (La Ligue d'Improvisation du Manitoba) celebrate their 25th year of doing improv in the unique French style. We also celebrate the distinct English cultural style of improv. We then celebrate the fact that we can mash those two styles together and those two languages together and still put on a great show.

BONUS SHOW PLUG: 
La Ligue d’improvisation du Manitoba (LIM) will open its 25th season with a double match on Friday October 3rd; red vs blue and yellow vs green, the whole LIM roster will be in the arena. You can catch la LIM every Friday night at 8pm at the French Cultural Centre (340 Provencher). Arrive early, because the room sells out!

Witness the miscommunication in all its glory.

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $10

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Friday, October 3rd, 2014
THE FRIDAY MAINSTAGE SHOW




The show starts off with an opening act set by one of Winnipeg's rising improv stars Rumble Pak. Then we dim the lights and play one of the most classic of all improv games. In fact, so classic that you have probably played it yourself. We turn up the TV and we turn down the volume. The expert improvisers then step up to the mic and improvise the dialogue. Don't touch that dial! Not that you'd want to when we are "Overdubbing it" so hilariously.


The second half of the show will feature the combined improv minds of Outside Joke, Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton), Hip.Bang! (Vancouver) and Der Kaktus (Germany) in a brand new improv form. What will be created when we put the show in control of "Rapid-Hip-Joke-Kaktus" or is it "Der-Outside-Fire-Bang" or "Bang-Joke-Der-Rapid-Hip-Outside" or...


Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $10
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Friday, October 3rd, 2014

THE BIZARRO COMEDY SHOW


The Bizarro Comedy Show was an experimental show that went awry. So awry did it go that audiences loved it. So awry did it go that we decided to clone the experiment and try it again. We took Stand-up comedians and we made them do improv theatre. We took improvisers and we made them do stand-up comedy. It worked. This time we take a mix of performers and have them switch up their roles. Maybe a stand-up will do stand-up? Maybe an improviser will do improv? Maybe they'll switch? Maybe things will never ever be the same in this bizarro comedy world?

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  11 p.m.  |  $10 
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Saturday, October 4th, 2014
THE SATURDAY MAINSTAGE SHOW




The show starts off with another emerging improv troupe, this time by the name of Parking Lots. We then bring out secret scripts sealed in envelopes and have our professional improv players treat you to a "Cold Read". The improvisers will be doing a live reading of a never-before-seen-or-heard script. No rehearsal, no idea, no problem. This show is in collaboration with the Manitoba Association of Playwrights.


The second half of this show is another collaboration, this time with the Winnipeg Spoken Word Festival. This show format was premiered at their festival in June and featured a mash-up of spoken word poetry and improvisation. The show is back and you will not believe it until you see it and hear the words being spoken.

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $10
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Saturday, October 4th, 2014

CRUMBS with Kevin McDonald!



World-renowned improv duo CRUMBS performs their signature styled improv-long form show with very special guest Kevin McDonald. Kevin McDonald you may know from a TV show in the 90's called "The Kids in the Hall". CRUMBS you may know from their years touring Canada and Europe and selling out Fringe Festival shows for years. Imagine what kind of show these three will do… actually, you don't have to imagine. You will not want to miss this soon-to-be-legendary show of Canadian improv comedy greatness. 

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  11 p.m.  |  $10 
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