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GRAND RAPIDS IMPROV FESTIVAL FUN. Join us for 8 days of shows, workshops, bar hops, jams, and interactive kids workshops!


It’s Happening!

We are less than a month away from the start of the Grand Rapids Improv Festival! Applications have been submitted and the schedule is being finalized. We are so happy to have had SO many troupes apply, both local and out of town, and can’t wait for everyone to showcase their talent this year. Here’s a little sneak peak of what the schedule is so that everyone can plan ahead:

Monday Oct. 17: A Comedy Outlet Monday (COM) sampler platter. This will be a regular COM, except instead of one or two acts we’re going to have a GRIF sampler platter. 5 troupes will each have a 10 minute set to promote their longer GRIF show. If you like what you see you can make a note and be sure to catch them again during GRIF.

Tuesday Oct. 18: We have two awesome shows this night! One is at 7pm and the other is at 9pm. Each show will have three troupes performing. All shows will be at Dog Story Theater

Wednesday Oct. 19: We have ANOTHER two awesome shows this evening, again at 7pm and 9pm at Dog Story Theater.

Thursday Oct. 20: It’s the DOWNTOWN IMPROV HOP!! Everyone’s favorite improv show and bar crawl will be happening this evening from 7-11pm. It will be three different local bars and each bar will have drink specials and appetizers provided for GRIF participants. But what three bars will we be going to? I guess you’ll just have to hop to it to find out!

Friday Oct. 21: We have two shows this evening at 7pm and 9pm. In addition we will also be hosting IMPROV CHAOS, a fun evening for everyone to get involved in GRIF even if you aren’t a part of a troupe. In Improv Chaos you get put into a group and together you have to solve challenges and create new improv games, and at the end there’s a performance for the participants. If this sounds like something you’d like to do you can fill out the application HERE

Saturday Oct. 22: This is a jam packed day! In the morning will we be having three workshops (which will be announced soon) and they will be taking place at Dog Story Theater. Then in the evening we will have three shows, at 4:30pm, 7pm and 9:30pm. The end of the night will conclude with a party for all of the troupes!

Sunday Oct. 23: We will have two shows this day with a break in between. The first show will be an all ages/family friendly show at 10 am. Around 12 we will have everyone’s favorite meal…BRUNCH! Whoever heard of an improv brunch? We hadn’t either, so we made one. In the afternoon at 3pm will be another show.

Monday Oct. 24: Say it aint so! This is the last day of GRIF and we will be hosting another sampler platter at COM to highlight some of our GRIF participants. If you missed someone you wanted to see maybe they will do an encore presentation this evening.

There you have it! Check the schedule, mark your calendars and get ready for some laughs. GRIF 2016 is around the corner!

Festival Pass!

(UPDATED 10/9/15: Corrected ticket links)

We’re very excited to introduce two festival passes, an all access show pass, and a workshop pass.

The All Access Show Pass gets you access to 12 separate improv shows featuring 28 improv troupes! You also get to experience the Downtown Improv Crawl on October 15th ($12.00 value), and Beyond the Laughter- a panel discussion on October 17th about using improv to provide healing and build community ($5.00 value). $60 per person. Please arrive 10 minutes early to claim your ticket for each show.


The All Access Workshop Pass lets you choose any three workshops to attend during the Grand Rapids Improv Festival. With twelve very different and engaging workshops to choose from, you are sure to get a lot of bang for your buck. You will also get access to Beyond the Laughter- a panel discussion on October 17th about using improv to provide healing and build community. $60 per person

Purchase the All Access SHOW Pass here:

Purchase the All Access WORKSHOP Pass here:

GRIF Public Service Announcement

We’d like to thank Grand Rapids TV for allowing us to put together this very important Public Service Announcement

GRIF 2015 Posters

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We have new finalized posters! We’re gearing up GR, hope you’re ready!

Workshop Proposals!

We’ve got them launched! Are you interested in teaching a workshop as part of GRIF? Check out the application HERE

All workshops for all levels of improv experience are welcome and will be considered! 

A few specific workshop slots available:

  • First time improvisers- an extreme basics class
  • Intro to Long Form (any type)
  • Intro to Musical Improv
  • Youth aged workshop
  • High school aged workshop
  • Specialty/niche workshop
  • Other

Compensation is available and will be determined based on experience, other applicants, workshop type, and availability of funds. For those looking to run a workshop, GRIF is willing to pay a predetermined sum or % of all tickets sold to the workshop you are putting on. If you have a preference please let us know in the ‘Anything else we should know’ section, otherwise we will finalize compensation during phase 2 of the selection process.

And We’re Off!!! Apply Today!

Applications are open- this year we’re streamlining troupe applications through the National Improv Network: Apply Here

We have spots for:

  • 10-45 minute acts
  • sketch
  • long-form
  • short-form
  • commedia dell’arte
  • family-friendly (youth show)
  • niche troupes
  • Pretty much all improv so just ask if you have questions 😉

Spots are limited, we recommend applying early! If you have any questions comment below to let us know or contact