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.
Last year, when most of Artscape closed early due to rain, audiences were invited into The BIG Theater as the official comedy venue of the festival
This year we're hosting three main comedy events. Outside on Charles Street we're renting another large U-Haul.
Inside of the The BIG Theater, “Baltimore Improv Group @ LOL@Artscape” showcases a night of improv comedy shows. As usual, we'll create instant comedy!
You'll know it's instant because it will be based on an audience interview. Last year’s guests included D Watkins, Lou Catelli and Ann Costlow.
If you missed the last event where “The U-HAHA” traveled around Baltimore, you'll love a second chance when we create a mobile theater all day and night during Artscape weekend.
Alysia Lee is an artist, arts educator, teaching artist and arts advocate who studies and performs improv comedy with BIG's Harold Night team Sneaker Wave.
"I didn’t know what to expect,” Alysia said . “But the day did not disappoint. That truck was filled with yucks and yelps of delight— who knew so much connection and joy could happen in the back of a U-Haul. "
I'm told we'll even have air conditioning inside of the truck.
The U-HAHA will be parked outside of BIG’s Theater on North Charles and holding free continuous performances throughout Artscape.
"LOL@Artscape After Hours" features over a dozen of Baltimore’s successful stand-up comedians.
Michael Furr is a stand-up comic and host LOL@ Artscape After Hours. He previously performed as an announcer for Baltimore Pride's 2018 parade.
"This year's LOL@Artscape is going to be bigger, funnier and more filled with Laugh Out Loud moments than ever before,” Michael said. “The performers featured on this year's lineup are an amazing representation of what the Baltimore comedy scene is all about: diverse line ups, seasoned talent and of course, hilarious material. "
"I had a blast participating in the U-HAHA! We traveled to parts of Baltimore I've never been to, and we introduced improv to a bunch of new folks. I felt so connected with the city and the people we convinced to walk through a velvet curtain to the back of our U-HA-HA truck." Grant Chang, an improvisor with indie and regularly performing shows.
“LOL@Artscape 2019 is going to show the people of Baltimore just how much love you can give from the stage," Michael said.
“LOL@Artscape” is Friday, July 19 and Saturday at 11am-9pm; Sunday, July 20, 11am-7pm.
For updated information go to bigimprov.org/artscape
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