BALTIMORE, MD – The nonprofit Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) intehosts Face-Off Brawl, a comedy competition where two improv comedy teams compete to win over your audience votes.
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.
As a group of improvisers, each team includes independently created teams. Unlike in a theater house team, these groups choose their members and perform wherever they see fit. At the end of the two staged sets, the audience decides which team wins.
Improvisor and stand up comic Brian Leonard produces and hosts the show each month. Brian performs regularly with Baltimore Improv Group.
"The Face-Off Brawl is more than just an indie improv competition," Leonard said. "It's an ancient sacrificial tradition that has been upheld by its stewards, the timeless spirits Chip Richardz and Jenny Flip Flops, for as long as anyone can remember."
Characters named Chip and Jenny serve as the competitions regular host characters. Chip is performed by Brian along with co-host Sam Van Sant as Jenny.The hosts present the show through their comedic points of view that repeat attendees will begin to recognize.
"Challengers come from far and wide to try their luck at achieving glory," Leonard said. He initially practiced comedy in Rochester, N.Y. before moving to Baltimore.
"But even those who lose (and are, unfortunately, sacrificed to the Blood Gods) find that honor has been brought to their family name," Leonard said. "As they have taken part in the many spirit-cleansing rituals the brawl has to offer, including the recitation of an improvised poem-prayer and a theater-wide half-time Bacchanal. It is a joyous and life-affirming experience for everyone involved."
Face-Off Brawl is every Friday at 10 p.m. at The BIG Theater, 1727 N. Charles St. For updated information go to bigimprov.org/shows
ABOUT BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP
Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) serves as the city’s leading non-profit improv comedy venue. BIG began in 2004 and now entertains with over 120 shows each year. With an annual audience of over 5,000 people, over 100 regular performers present audiences with shows every night of the week. As part of Young Audiences of Maryland (YAMD), BIG performs in assemblies and teaching residencies in Maryland schools.
The BIG Theater opened in October 2017 in Station North. The theater offers 3,000 square feet of space for shows; classes and workshops for adults, kids, and teens; a podcast studio; and a lobby connecting actors, comedy performers, and audiences. BIG shows include improv comedy, stand-up, sketch, and more.
MEDIA CONTACT: Brian E. Young, firstname.lastname@example.org, 240-997-4157
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SOURCE: Baltimore Improv Group