BALTIMORE, MD – Baltimore Improv Group starts online improv shows and classes. The nonprofit arts organization held its first Zoom improv comedy show in March 2020 and enjoyed a viewership on YouTube Live of over 200 people.
Terry Withers serves as BIG's Managing Director. Withers started improvising in 2007. Withers teaches improv as a faculty member of BIG University and tours the nation with a few different improv shows.
"BIG is determined to continue pursuing its mission of spreading the joy of improv comedy in Baltimore even in the midst of the current health crisis,” said Withers. “ While we temporarily cannot invite people into our theater for free, we can live-stream performances out to their homes for free. So we're doing that!”
As all live events in Maryland continue to be impacted by COVID-19, the arts sector in Baltimore has been quick to respond. Performers for these shows are each located in their homes throughout and login to the conferencing application Zoom on their computer or smartphone.
“Is it wonky, to perform improv comedy over Zoom? Sure. Is it weird? You know it. Is it not at all what Zoom was designed for? Of course,” said Withers. “ But Baltimore has never been afraid of the weird or the wonky or been all that into the originally designed purpose for Zoom, and so we're excited to bring this weird, wonky, hilarious thing to Baltimore and we're confident people here are going to love it."
Over the next month, Baltimore Improv Group plans to aggressively add to what is currently a three-night schedule, In the long term, the nonprofit hopes to bring back their nightly live performances that are free to the public.
To capture the feeling of a live one-time improv show, where the element of being in the moment is important, the recorded live streams are removed the day after they air. As part of the invitation to the live experience, clips will be made available from each show.
The theater is offering affordable, multi-session online improv classes as well to help bring a bit of fun and optimism to everyday people who are looking for at-home activities.
Proceeds from class sales also help to fund the nonprofit’s artistic mission, compensate guest instructors, and helps cover the cost of future Baltimore Improv Group shows.
Baltimore Improv Group presents BIG Online on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM with Harold Night, Fridays, 9 PM with Face-Off Brawl, and on Sundays at 7:30 PM with House Team Mashups. For updated information, go to bigimprov.org/online
ABOUT BALTIMORE IMPROV GROUP
Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) serves as the city’s leading non-profit improv comedy venue. Baltimore Improv Group (BIG) is a non-profit that entertains with over 800 live shows each year including weekdays, weekends, and holidays. With an annual audience of over 27,000 people, over 100 regular performers and volunteers present audiences with live comedy shows every night of the week. As part of Young Audiences of Maryland (YAMD), BIG performs in assemblies and teaches 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, email@example.com, 240-997-4157
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SOURCE: Baltimore Improv Group