Check out all of the incredible troupes we had participate last year! Keep your eyes out for some of these names in 2016 as well as some all new acts!
Fest home base is DogStory Theater
7 Jefferson Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503
The Fest List:
Monday October 12th 2015
7:30 Show Kick-off Night Show and Party at Comedy Outlet Mondays
Tuesday October 13th 2015
9:00 Show Pop Scholars, With The Dark, and Calvin College Improv
Wednesday October 14th-
7:30 Show Late Night Grand Rapids and Best Friends
10:30 Show Late Night Grand Rapids and Mrs. Claws
Thursday October 15th-
5:00 pm – 12:00 am Downtown Improv Crawl
Friday October 16th-
7:30 Show Rapid Delivery, The Brothers Jacokes, and Unicornocopia
9:30 Show Javelin, Funny Girls, and Family Matterz
11:30 Show GR Improv College Showcase: Aquinas, Calvin and GVSU
Saturday October 17th-
9:30 am – 10:50 am Workshop Physical and Vocal Warm-up for Improv, with Elizabeth Terrel
9:30 am – 12:20 pm Workshop Go Green: Using Your Environment for Better Scenes, with Gary Lehman
9:30 am – 11:00 am Workshop Improv In Depth, with Bart Sumner at Grand Rapids Civic Theater, 30 Division Ave. N, Grand Rapids
11:00 am – 12:20 pm Workshop Using What You Don’t Have, with Eirann Betka
12:30 pm – 1:50 pm Workshop Character Development and You, with Tony Huver
12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Workshop Improv Chaos Workshop
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm Workshop Using Improv in Conflict Resolution and to Diffuse Bullying, with Julie Ostrow
4:00 Panel “Comedy- Beyond the Laughter” come hear from Healing Improv Executive Director Bart Sumner, a Gilda’s Laughfest representative, and American laughing champion and all things humor coach Julie Ostrow about how comedy and improv can do wonders for community, healing, and raising awareness. This will be a not-to-miss dynamic discussion on how to do more with humor.
5:32 Show Featuring pure Improv Chaos
7:30 Show Schrodinger’s Cast, No Outlet, and Not From Here
9:30 Show SALT, Longboard Form, and The Personae
11:30 Show Choose Your Own Adventure Improv, Martian Law, Consolation Fries, and No Outlet
Sunday October 18th-
Family Festival!- All day for all ages, youth workshop, high-school workshop, family friendly shows, youth show.
9:30 am – 12:20 pm Workshop Commedia dell’Arte, with TJ Corbett
9:30 am – 10:50 am Workshop Improv for Auditions, with Scott Fuce
11:30 am – 1:00 pm Junior Workshop and Performance (4th -6th grade)
12:30 pm – 4:30 pm Workshop Introduction to The Harold, with Aaron L. Fram
2:00 pm – 5:30 pm High School Workshop and Performance (7th-12th grade)
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Show “From the Mouths of Babes: An Improvised Hilarious Kid’s Show”
Monday October 19th-
Not to miss GRIF specialties:
Improv Chaos- For individual improvisers. Improvisers meet that night to create a troupe, get a list of challenges, create new games, have a bit of time to practice, and then perform as a troupe in front of an audience. It’s an organized chaotic mess, that results in hilarious results.
Commedia Dell’Arte- Come learn it or perform it! Commedia dell’arte is a form of theatre characterized by masked “types” which began in Italy in the 16th century and was responsible for the advent of the actresses and improvised performances based on sketches or scenarios.
Night on the town *Cough*ImprovBarCrawl*Cough*- Let us explore Beer City U.S.A. whilst doing improv things; perform, watch, and indulge, this is not a night to miss.
Family Funny Fest- Learning to improvise is a great skill for everyone! Join us while we have fun exploring comedy for all ages!