The Winnipeg IF... Improv Festival returns for the 14th 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, October 1st, 2013

Photo: Janet Shum

Stephen and Lee from CRUMBS host the opening show of the Winnipeg Improv Festival by doing scenes with out of town guests and local players in this Improv Festival tradition. The Festival Sampler show at the King's Head pub is a part of the ongoing Free Laughs Comedy Series that puts on free live comedy shows at the King's Head every Tuesday night. The sampler is exactly that, a free show that lets the audience catch a glimpse and “sample” the improv styles of the guests that are coming to play in Winnipeg at the festival. Kick back, enjoy a beverage and a snack while the experts entertain you.
King's Head Pub, 120 King St.  |  9 p.m.  |  Free

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Photo: Janet Shum

This improv show is a hit, a “line up around the block” and a “sold out run of shows” kind of hit for the Winnipeg International Fringe Festival. The show is based on the much-loved game of Dungeons & Dragons, which is a role playing game and just happens to be a perfect fit for improv. This show has giant dice, amazing costumes and hilarity. Did we mention the blood yet? This show has quite the following, so you had better show up in full costume as to not look like an outsider. But don’t worry, you don’t have to be a lover of D&D to enjoy the show… but it helps.

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $10
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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013


The Big Stupid Improv Show has been an improv jam show in Winnipeg since the 90's and after becoming a tradition at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, we thought it would be a good idea to bring some of that Big Stupid Improv to this festival. Watch as the festival ensemble performs improv scenes inspired by the true life stories of special guest Kevin McDonald (of Kids in the Hall fame). The show is inspired by The Armondo Diaz Theatrical Experience (in Chicago) and the ASSSSCAT 3000 (in New York).
Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $10

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Friday, October 4th, 2013

Above: Business (Regina)
Below: Star Alliance 557 (Vancouver)

Set 1: Business (Showcase Performance) and Instant Theatre Company (Showcase Performance)
The Winnipeg IF... Improv Festival is pleased to be showcasing two of our guest companies for this show: Regina-based duo Business and Vancouver's Instant Theatre Company. Business is anything but work; it is the business of play, conflict and connection. Lucy Hill and Daniel Maslany have a unique brand of absurd, interwoven, character-driven improv. The Instant Theatre Company will bring sci-fi improv to the stage with their performance of "Star Alliance 557." A motley intergalactic crew travels through space doing the lowest priority jobs for StarCorp (a subsidiary of the Star Alliance of Companies). And that's just the first half of this show!

Set 2: 
Ensemble Cast Performance
Post-intermission will feature members of the IF ensemble making magic: Joe Bill, Kory Mathewson, Alix Sobler, Gord Tanner, Fraz Wiest, RobYn Slade, Lee White, Toby Hughes and Andrea del Campo.
Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $10
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Friday, October 4, 2013

Winnipeg's CRUMBS combine forces with the supreme talents of DJ Hunnicutt to create some of the very best long-form improv on the globe. Just ask the audiences they've entertained: from Seattle to Vienna, from Wellington to Dauphin. If you've never been able to catch these three at their annually sold-out Winnipeg Fringe Festival run, this is definitely your chance to see it now.
Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  11 p.m.  |  $10 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Outside Joke

Set 1: Ensemble Cast Performance
This will be a one-hour collaboration between some of our favourite Winnipeggers and out-of-town guests. Featuring Alistair Cook, Warren Bates, Shawn Norman, Kory Mathewson, Daniel Maslany, Lucy Hill, Fraz Wiest, Alix Sobler, Gord Tanner and Stephen Sim.

Set 2: Outside Joke (Showcase Performance)
The members of Outside Joke are masters at their craft. OJ combines the genre of musical theatre with long-form improv based on audience suggestions. The ease with which they invent hilarious lyrics (while staying in key or busting out harmonies) will blow your mind. 
Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $10
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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Created by Lee White (CRUMBS), this show is a fusion of game shows and improvisation. Several lucky “contestants” battle with skill, trivia and wits to win the “Grand Prize.” What exactly is the “grand prize”? The “Grand Prize” is hilarity. (Grand Prize guaranteed to be shared with the audience)

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

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