SCHEDULE


The official festival schedule for the 2015 edition and the 16th annual Winnipeg IF... Improv Festival! 



Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 FREE SHOW AT 9PM
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. As traditions go, this one is pretty good.

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



Photo: Janet Shum
       

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 EARLY SHOW AT 8PM
THE DnD IMPROV SHOW: Untold Stories
The GSAC fundraiser 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. The dice-rolling, blood-splattering and fire-breathing Winnipeg Fringe hit is back at the Improv Festival. Come cheer on the heroes and boo the villains, or the other way around, as they battle their way to treasure and glory.

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $15

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Thursday, October 1st, 2015 
EARLY SHOW AT 8PM
TIME HOP 



Travel through time for real! Music transports us all into different eras, scenes are then improvised inspired by the times. Slices of life from human history all through the ages are brought to life with improv and music. This cast of improvisers selected from the international festival ensemble are guided by the musical selections of master improv DJ Mama Cutsworth.

THE BIG STUPID IMPROV SHOW
The Fringe festival hit show is an improv format called “Director’s Cut”. The Directors are in charge of their storyline.  The audience votes after each round for their favourite stories and the least favourite stories get cut. We only get to see the ending of the winning story as voted by the cheers of the audience. The improvisers are in the hands of the directors and the directors stories are then in the hands of the audience. Unlike a normal election, your votes actually count. And with great power comes great responsibility. 

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $15


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Friday, October 2nd, 2015 EARLY SHOW AT 8PM
THE KNOWLEDGE & PUNISHMENT SHOW




Lee White (from CRUMBS) has created several improv formats inspired by his love of game shows and improv. In this show, he has improvisers test their knowledge. If they are correct, they are on the path to glory. If they are incorrect, they are on a path to humiliation, shame, and perhaps even physical pain! The punishments for losing the games are cruel but fair. The scenes, good bad and ugly are judged by the audience. Each improviser uses their brain and their comic wit to survive the gauntlet to prove they are the smartest and funniest. If they don’t have the knowledge they will have the punishment.

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $15

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Friday, October 2nd, 2015 LATE SHOW AT 10:30PM

THE BIZARRO IMPROV/COMEDY HYBRID SHOW

Photo: Janet Shum



We have made a hybrid show of the improv comedy world and the stand-up comedy world. For years the two worlds were locked in a bitter feud, but now we have brought both worlds together for the good of comedy. The stand-up comics resent their comedy jokes and the improv scenes are then inspired by their act. We will feature 4 comics including Boris Khaykin from New York City! Watch and enjoy as stand-up comedy gets multiplied by the power of improv creating comedy that is bizarro good!

NORTH COAST (Hip Hop Improv Show from NYC)


North Coast is New York City’s premier hip hop improv comedy team. Named one of the “Top Ten Best Comedy Shows”  by Time Out New York, North Coast has been featured in Slate’s Podcast The Gist, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Comedy Listings. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show’s improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by resident beatboxer and U.S. Vice Beatbox Champion, Kaila Mullady. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as “mind-blowing” and “next level” by critics and audiences alike.

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  10:30 p.m.  |  $15 


Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 
EARLY SHOW AT 8PM
SCRIPT NO SCRIPT (with Kal Barteski)






Visual artist Kal Barteski is known for her live scripting and has garnered an international following for her visual art. Here we offer a collaboration of that live artwork and the live art of improvisation. The improv scenes will inspire the art projected on the screen behind the stage, which in turn will inspire the artists doing the art live onstage in full view of the audience.

THE IMPROV LIVE FEED SHOW


The second half will feature a brand new improv show, the live feed video will be used to inspire whatever happens onstage. This show will feature players from CRUMBS, Outside Joke, DnD Improv, Dad’s Garage (Atlanta), Rapid Fire Theatre (Edmonton), Improv Montreal (from duh! Montreal), North Coast (New York City). Thanks to the genius of Dan Robertson for the technical wizardry of the video. 

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  8 p.m.  |  $15

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Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 LATE SHOW AT 10:30PM

CRUMBS & KEVIN

Photo: Janet Shum

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. After the success of their collaboration last year, they have decided to do it again! CRUMBS improvises with Kevin McDonald in a three part harmony of comedy and improv. Scored by the improvised soundtrack of DJ Hunnicutt. 


NORTH COAST (Hip Hop Improv Show from NYC)


North Coast is New York City’s premier hip hop improv comedy team. Named one of the “Top Ten Best Comedy Shows”  by Time Out New York, North Coast has been featured in Slate’s Podcast The Gist, The Village Voice, and The New York Times Comedy Listings. Built around a single suggestion from an audience member, the show’s improvised scenes escalate into full-blown hip-hop songs, facilitated by resident beatboxer and U.S. Vice Beatbox Champion, Kaila Mullady. With their seamless melding of comedic timing and freestyle rapping abilities, North Coast frequently blurs the line between comedy show and concert, drawing audiences from the comedy, hip-hop, and theater communities for an experience that has been hailed as “mind-blowing” and “next level” by critics and audiences alike.

Gas Station Arts Centre, 445 River Ave.  |  10:30 p.m.  |  $15 

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*this official schedule for the 2015 festival can change without notice... but I'm sure you'll notice.