GIG GUIDE: FEBRUARY 2018

61 shows this month in BirminghamCoventryNottinghamLeicesterWorcester & Northampton.

Spontaneous Sherlock

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BIRMINGHAM

FRI 2ND – THE OLD JOINT STOCK

On Wings:  Do you like stand-up? Improv? Sketches?  Love Stories?  This has all four.

https://www.facebook.com/happenchancetheatre/

SAT 3RD/SUN 4TH – THE OLD JOINT STOCK

The MMORPG Show:  Improvised comedy plus tabletop gaming combines to create adventure and absurdity.

https://www.facebook.com/mmorpgshow/

TUES 6TH– STIRLINGS

Jumprov:  Comedy, games, music & entertainment from the UK’s first diverse improv group.  Part of “Talented Tuesdays night”.  

https://www.facebook.com/Jumprov/

WEDS 7TH – CHERRY REDS

Freewheelers:  Experimental theatre from musical group Baron Sternlook and Sheffield duo Between Us.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Freewheelersimprov/

WEDS 7TH – GUILD OF STUDENTS

Improvabunga:  Valentine’s musical special from the university improv troupe. 

https://www.facebook.com/WatchThisImprov/

THURS 8TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  Show featuring the house team Bunkum Factory and special guest Mickey Sharma.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

SUN 11TH – HARE & HOUNDS

Board Game Smackdown: Four top comedians play board games, relying on their quick thinking and comedy skills to entertain the audience and beat their opposition.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1976985602318475/

THURS 15TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will amuse and delight along with stand up comedian Alex Black.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

MON 19TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Box Of Frogs: Monthly show in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter with all your favourite improv games.  Absolutely free – ‘laugh, or your money back!’

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro/

WEDS 21ST – THE VICTORIA

The Kneejerks: A night of comedy and theatre, featuring sketches and scenes and all completely free.  

https://www.facebook.com/thekneejerksUK/

THURS 22ND – ORT CAFE

Yes And, Minister:  The general election comedy show, where the audience votes for policies and sees how they impact future Britain.  Part of “What A Nice Night”.

https://www.facebook.com/YesAndMinister/

THURS 22ND – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Fat Penguin Improv:  The house team Bunkum Factory will amuse and delight along with stand up comedian Mark Vigil.  

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 22ND – CHERRY REDS

The Improlectuals:  Improv supergroup where a wide range of performers come together to perform on the spot comedy from audience suggestions.  

https://www.facebook.com/events/248346679032982/

 FRI 23RD – ROSIES

Jumprov:  Comedy, games, music & entertainment from the UK’s first diverse improv group.  Part of “That Friday Feeling”.  

https://www.facebook.com/Jumprov/

WEDS 28TH – THE VICTORIA

Baron Sternlook: Scenes, songs and an entire musical based on your suggestions.

https://www.facebook.com/baronsternlookimprov/

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COVENTRY

FRI 9TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Coventry Improv:  A free family friendly evening of improvised sketches and games.

https://www.facebook.com/Coventry-Improv-1572680139447632/

WEDS 21ST – OCULUS

The Improv Musical:  More instant songs following the success of their sell-out performances in Warwick & the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/theimprovmusical/

THURS 22ND – THE GRADUATE

WITS Presents “La Ronde”:  Six actors. One hour. No script. Join Warwick Improvised Theatre Society as they produce a completely improvised stage play.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/warwickimprov/

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NOTTINGHAM

THURS 1ST/FRI 2ND – NOTTINGHAM NEW THEATRE

And Another Thing!:  What do you always wish you had told somebody? An entire one-act play created each night by the University Of Nottingham Improv Society.

https://www.facebook.com/UoNImprov/

SAT 3RD – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Consenting Partners:  The UK’s longest running two-person improvised show.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

MON 5TH/TUES 6TH – NOTTINGHAM NEW THEATRE

Wishful Thinking:  Actors, writers & directors combine to supply a pantomime with no script.  All profits donated to CoppaFeel.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2060176970666766/

THURS 8TH – THE MALT CROSS

Gorilla Burger:  Theatre karaoke where you can be the star.  Or you can just sit back and enjoy an evening of unplanned, uncensored improv comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

FRI 23RD – NATIONAL JUSTICE MUSEUM

Order!:  See performers put on trial for your misdeeds, with the audience deciding the punishment for the crime.  Part of Light Night.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

WEDS 28TH – THE ANGEL MICROBREWERY

Smash Night: Multiple acts spontaneously turn suggestions into scenes and stories bound to be breath-taking and bloody hilarious.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

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LEICESTER

THURS 8TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Rhymes Against Humanity:  See what happens when the audience pick the title of a brand new musical & it gets created immediately for them.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

FRI 9TH – FIREBUG

The MMORPG Show: Every show is different.  Every choice has a consequence.  And every step of the fantasy adventure will involve a d20.

https://www.facebook.com/mmorpgshow/

SAT 10TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Same Faces: Scenes, games, songs and one-liners, all made up on the spot.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

SAT 10TH – PETER PIZZERIA

Darren Walsh: The UK Pun Champion & Joke Of The Fringe winner shares his off the cuff wordplay.

https://www.facebook.com/DarrenWalshPuns/

SAT 10TH – FIREBUG

Silent Comedy: A silent disco of humour.  Two stand ups perform simultaneously, and you choose who to listen to.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/silent-comedy/

SUN 11TH – SUE TOWNSEND THEATRE

Austentatious: The famous West End show comes to the Leicester Comedy Festival.  An improvised Jane Austen novel with a title suggested by the audience.

http://www.austentatiousimpro.com/shows/tour/

SUN 11TH – THE SOUNDHOUSE

Board Game Smackdown: Four top comedians play board games, relying on their quick thinking and comedy skills to entertain the audience and beat their opposition.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/board-game-smackdown/

SUN 11TH – PETER PIZZERIA

Punel Show: A new panel game focussed on puns and general silliness.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/punel-show/

SUN 11TH – THE CRITERION

Russell Hicks: A stand up who will talk about whatever he wants, as fast as he can, for an hour.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/russell-hicks-psychobabble/

MON 12TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Tom Young’s Daft Conversation: An hour of comedy and chat with Rob Kemp, creator of the cult hit “The Elvis Dead”

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

TUES 13TH…THURS 22ND – VARIOUS

Nicholas Holt Does Improv At Every Venue: Humour and dancing combine in this tour of multiple venues of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

https://twitter.com/ellisonnicholas

THURS 15TH/FRI 16TH – LEICESTER CURVE

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical: The truly amazing Olivier-Award winning show brings spontaneous singing to the Midlands once more.

http://www.theshowstoppers.org/upcoming-shows/

THURS 15TH/FRI 16TH – MANHATTEN 34

Sidekick: Some people aren’t life’s heroes.  Comedy show is about the Dr Watsons and Barney Rubbles of life.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/ben-van-der-velde-sidekick/

FRI 16TH – BREWDOG

Happily Never After: Tim Burton style horror musical from The Maydays, Brighton’s best improv group.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/happily-never-after/

SAT 17TH – FIREBUG

Bitchelors: Anna Morris plays four different characters at the Woman Of The Year awards.  Who wins?  You decide.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/anna-morris-bitchelors/

SAT 17TH – SUE TOWNSEND THEATRE

Knightmare Live: Enter stranger.  Multiple dungeoneers enter Lord Fear’s catacombs.  Each show is different, each room a new challenge.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/knightmare-live/

MON 19TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Same Faces: “Uncle Armando” show where the group perform scenes inspired by comedian Naz Osmanoglu.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

THURS 22ND – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Clones:  Two leading lights from Nottingham’s improv scene create an unforgettable show.

https://www.facebook.com/missimp.co.uk

THURS 22ND/FRI 23RD – KNIGHT & GARTER

Improv Provocateur:  Four different performers compete every night playing improvised comedy games.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/improv-provocateur/

FRI 23RD/SAT 24TH – PETER PIZZERIA

Crime Scene Improvisation:  Following a five-star sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe, see this rip-roaring crime comedy made up on the spot.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/csi-crime-scene-improvisation/

SAT 24TH – PETER PIZZERIA

Darren Walsh: The UK Pun Champion & Joke Of The Fringe winner returns with more interactive wordplay.

https://www.facebook.com/DarrenWalshPuns/

SAT 24TH – HANSOM HALL

Spontaneous Sherlock: Award winning show from Edinburgh, a Holmes mystery with live Victorian musical accompaniment.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/spontaneous-sherlock/

SUN 25TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Improv Smackdown: Eight of the country’s best improvisers go head to head to find the best performer.  Who will be crowned champion?

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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WORCESTER

SAT 17TH – ST PETER’S BAPTIST CHURCH 

4Front For Funzies:  Expect fun, music, laughter and lots of unscripted silliness as two teams of improvisers face off in a series of comedy improv games.

https://www.facebook.com/4front.theatre/

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NORTHAMPTON

SAT 24TH – THE BLACK PRINCE 

The Same Faces:  Monthly Northampton show, taking ideas from you to make brilliant comedy sketches live on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSameFaces/

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Have I missed a show?  Get in touch and let me know.

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