We at Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) noticed a trend across Instagram. Visitors and players love one spot in The BIG Theater more than any where else:
The chalkboard wall.
This is that story.
Face-Off Brawl is a comedy battle. Witness a one-night only show including two indie improv teams compete to win over your audience votes.
This live event gives each team only about 20 minutes to show you what they have to offer. You'll see whatever they choose to do with that time. Often this is a standard improv set where they might introduce themselves, ask for ideas from the audience, and create theatre scenes and make up comedic characters.
The 2019 Baltimore Improv Festival is the biggest one yet. Welcome comedy famous shows including ASIAN AF:, The Cast of Magnet Theater, The Stepfathers from UCB, and Fuck That Shit (A Comedy Team)
We're ready to launch our 7 nights of improv shows and 4 days of improv workshops. This year's Baltimore Improv Festival (BIF) includes improv talent from the east coast and from all over North America.
Audiences at the Baltimore Improv Festival will see local, national, and international comedy shows. Improv legends are leading workshop's bringing together all styles of improv.
Baltimore Improv Group performer Kristen McKenzie produces A Little Bit Show, a comedy show featuring new and experimental comedic ideas performed in just five minutes each.
These weird short experiments can be anything. Some are completely planned. Others rely on improv skills to create something new in a moment. This show offers audiences a tiny taste as a variety show introducing wild, strange, and possibly comedic ideas.
Kristen decided to bring the idea to the BIG stage after attending The Upright Citizens Brigade's Del Close Marathon (DCM). DCM started 20 years ago in New York City as an annual showcase of improv comedy in nonstop shows. The legendary festival's presented late night shows
"I had the idea last summer coming home from DCM," Kristen told me in an e-mail after I asked her to write something to quote in this blog post. "My favorite memories of DCM are the Bit shows. They were so weird and experimental and I loved the idea of bringing that same energy to our stage. I emailed Jen on train home and she immediately emailed back saying that we’d “mind melded” and totally supported the idea. "
"I think people enjoy it because it’s total freedom. It’s just five minutes, one time. So if your idea doesn’t work, it’s just five minutes. And you never have to do it again. People are really digging into the idea of experimenting and taking big risks and in true BIG spirit, they are always 100% supported by the crowd. I’m thrilled that people are so excited by this show and continue to support it!"
A Little Bit Show is monthly on Thursdays from 9:30pm - 10:00pm. Check out our show calendar for details and tickets..
A Little Bit Show. Photos by David Evans
We're back at LOL@Artscape! Stand-up shows, improv shows, and comedy workshops at America's largest free arts festival
We're back as a program partner of LOL@Artscape! Baltimore Improv Group will feature stand-up shows, improv shows, and comedy workshops. This is huge! Artscape is America's largest free annual arts festival, attracting 350,000+ attendees over three days.
BIG is hosting a series of LGBTQ+ shows to tell stories from LGBTQ+ performers and guests. The series created by our Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) community include new shows including: The Pride Show, Coming Out, and The High Tea at PRIDE Improv Jam.
We even have regular monthly shows to put queer individuals in the spotlight. The Peeps Show interviews gender minorities in art. Talented SGM performing artists will also take the stage at our monthly variety show Baltimore's Got Talent. The standup and improv showcase STAN-PROV invites LGBT stand-up comedians to our stage.
Recap: The First Ever U-HAHA Improv Comedy Tour Truck Brings Theater to Baltimore City Neighborhoods
Kids can join in at the Baltimore Improv Group for a whole week of comedy this summer at The BIG Theater! In our Improv Summer Camp for kids ages 8-12 years, they'll grow their talent as performers. And we're helping kids build confidence through speaking and listening skills.
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