The Line Up 2015

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

7:30 Show  Contents Under Pressure and Murphy’s Law, a comedy juggling show with Ben Comedy and Will Juggle

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-

7:30 pm – 11:30 pm Show  Closing Night Show and Party at Comedy Outlet Mondays

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!