GIG GUIDE: FEBRUARY 2019

59 shows this month across the Midlands, covering BirminghamNottinghamLeicester & more.

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BIRMINGHAM

SUN 3RD – THE GLEE CLUB

Box Of Frogs: Birmingham’s premiere improv Group bring you a night of high-octane improvised comedy nonsense, based entirely on your suggestions.

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

WEDS 13TH – GUILD OF STUDENTS

Improvabunga Valentines Special:  Two movie genres mashed together, with live musical accompaniment and four buzzers that let you control the show.

https://www.facebook.com/WatchThisImprov

THURS 14TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Armando Diaz Experience:  Fat Penguin Improv create a comedy show from scratch using Chicago’s most famous improv format.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

MON 18TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Box Of Frogs: Monthly show in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter where audience members have the option to join performers on stage.

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

THURS 21ST – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Armando Diaz Experience:  Some of the best improvisers in Birmingham take to the stage to deliver another Fat Penguin Improv comedy show.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

WEDS 27TH – THE VICTORIA

Baron Sternlook’s Improvised Musical:  See scenes, songs and an entire musical created from scratch based on your suggestions.

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

THURS 28TH – ARTEFACT

What A Nice Night:  Regular night of stand-up, spoken word and improvised comedy.  This month’s show features improv duo SquidHeart.

https://www.facebook.com/NiceNightComedy/

THURS 28TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Armando Diaz Experience:  The performers tell a true-life story based on an audience suggestion, then create a series of comedy scenes inspired by the story.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

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NOTTINGHAM 

FRI 8TH – NATIONAL JUSTICE MUSEUM

The Glowstick Trials:   What’s the naughtiest thing you’ve ever done? This will inspire each trial before the audience decide the fate of the poor defendant with their glowsticks. Part of Nottingham Light Night.

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

THURS 14TH – 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

SAT 23RD – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Rhymes Against Humanity:   A fully improvised musical based entirely on your suggested title – no scripts, no conferring, no planning, just totally spontaneous musical madness! With opening support from The Vortex.

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

WEDS 27TH – 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

SAT 2ND – THE CRITERION

The Same Faces: Brilliant comedy sketches live on stage, in the style of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”.

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

THURS 7TH – MANHATTEN 34

Ben Van Der Velde – Fablemaker: Join Ben on a comedy adventure as he creates thrillers, self-help books, fairy tales and more out of thin air.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/ben-van-der-velde-fablemaker-manhattan-34-downstairs-bar/

FRI 8TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Rhymes Against Humanity:  What if you could choose the title of a brand new musical and then see it performed instantly?  Wonder no more – you can.

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

FRI 8TH – GRAYS CAFE

Ben Van Der Velde – Fablemaker: A storytelling show with a supporting cast of thousands that live in Ben’s head.

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

FRI 8TH – ATTENBOROUGH ARTS CENTRE

BrightSparks Comedy Asylum:  A comedy show like no other. Prepare to be amazed, confused, entertained and wowed by these masters of improv.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/brightsparks-comedy-asylum/

FRI 8TH – FIREBUG

Conversation Garden on Love Island:  In this show, it’s your turn to decide what happens next. Winners of last year’s Best Improv show.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/conversation-garden-on-love-island-a-choose-your-own-mis-adventure-show/

FRI 8TH / SAT 9TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Stealing The Show:  A criminal comedy caper made up from your suggestions. What will we steal? How will we steal it? It’s all up to you!

https://www.facebook.com/showtheft/

SAT 9TH – KNIGHT & GARTER

Improv Provocateur: The bravest performers from across the festival perform a range of near the knuckle improvised games.  Afternoon & evening shows.

https://www.facebook.com/ImprovProvocateur/

SAT 9TH – BREWDOG

Oxford Imps:  Comedy invented on the spot and based entirely on your suggestions – anything from Shakespearean verse to freestyle raps.

https://www.facebook.com/oxfordimps/

SAT 9TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Same Faces: More comedy sketches, scenes, songs and one-liners from the Leicester-based group.

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

SAT 9TH – THE Y THEATRE

CSI:  Crime Scene Improvisation:  Someone’s kicked the bucket. But who, what and how? The choice is yours, the problem is theirs to solve.

https://www.facebook.com/crimesceneimpro/

SAT 9TH – THE COOKIE

The Millennial Generation Game:  A game show by a Millennial (Daniel Nicholas) poking fun at other Millennials and everyone else.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/daniel-nicholas-the-millennial-generation-game/

SUN 10TH – ATTENBOROUGH ARTS CENTRE

Richard Wheatley Is Blindingly Obvious:  Britain’s funniest blind physicist turned stand-up brings his charming audience interaction to Leicester for the first time.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/richard-wheatley-is-blindingly-obvious/

SUN 10TH – GRAYS CAFE

The Just Us League:  A fully improvised Marvel-based comedy show. All the heroes. All the villains. Your story.

https://www.facebook.com/JULComedy

MON 11TH – THE COOKIE

Punel Show:  Mark Simmons and Darren Walsh join forces for the third year running to present a new panel game focused on puns and general silliness.

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

MON 11TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Improlectuals: Another spontaneous show from this improv “super-group” made up of some of the finest improvisers from around the Midlands.

https://www.facebook.com/improlectuals/

TUES 12TH – THE CRITERION

Lessons In Nostalgia:  With the country, more than ever feeling nostalgic for ‘the good old days’ Daniel Nicholas works out whether nostalgia is actually a good thing.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/daniel-nicholas-lessons-in-nostalgia/

TUES 12TH – FUTURE CYCLES

Adventures in Menstruating:  Delightful silliness, audience participation and inevitable improv in a show aiming to break taboos and end period poverty.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/adventures-in-menstruating-bloody-funny-period-comedy-with-chella-quint/

WEDS 13TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Uncle Armando: A single word inspires a headline comedian to tell us something about their life, which in turn becomes the basis for comedy scenes from the improv players.

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

THURS 14TH – O’NEILLS

Star Trek vs Star Wars:  Rik Carranza guides two comedians through a comedy panel show that boldly goes to a galaxy far, far away. Edfringe hit show 2016/17/18.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/rik-carranza-presents-star-trek-vs-star-wars/

THURS 14TH – BREWDOG

2Funny + SomeAntics = Love: Comedy cabaret featuring Rhymes Against Humanity, who will perform a one-off musical based on your suggestions.

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

FRI 15TH / SAT 16TH – MANHATTEN 34

Hell To Play:  Join Satan and a cast of history’s greatest monsters as they set the audience against each other in anarchic competition.

SAT 16TH – SUE TOWNSEND THEATRE

Knightmare Live: Enter stranger, and grab your tickets for the Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show based on the classic 1980s TV show.

https://www.knightmarelive.com/

SUN 17TH – GRAYS CAFE

Board Game Smackdown:  Comedians play classic and new board games live on stage.  Hosted by award-winning comedian and UK board game champion James Cook.

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

SUN 17TH – FIREBUG

The Dark Room for Kids:  Play a live-action, text-based adventure game! Winner of Best Kids Show at Leicester Comedy Festival 2018.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/the-dark-room-for-kids/

SUN 17TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

How To Win A Pub Quiz:  This highly interactive show is part stand-up, part actual pub quiz. Expand your trivia, compete against other teams, win prizes.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/how-to-win-a-pub-quiz/

SUN 17TH – FIREBUG

The Dark Room:  It’s a choose your own adventure – choose it! 4 million YouTube hits, 10 crowd-surfs, four death threats and sell-out shows worldwide.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/the-dark-room/

SUN 17TH – FIREBUG

John Robertson’s Sweaty Sexy Party:  It’s a concert, it’s a party, it’s a stand-up show, it’s a riot. It’s whatever we want to make it tonight.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/john-robertsons-sweaty-sexy-party-party/

WEDS 20TH – LEICESTER CATHEDRAL

An Improvised Funeral:  The life and times of a fictitious individual, with vibrant vicars, horrendous hymns, and flashbacks to the life of the deceased. You’ll die laughing.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/an-improvised-funeral/

THURS 21ST – THE CURVE

Showstopper: The Olivier-Award-winning show from the West End will create a brand new musical for one night only.  Has to be seen to be believed.

http://www.theshowstoppers.org

THURS 21ST – KING RICHARD III VISITOR CENTRE

Fresh Faces: The Same Faces’ newest members make their comedy festival debut, performing a range of different games not used in the team’s other shows.

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

FRI 22ND – GRAYS CAFE

Improv with Nicholas Holt:  Improv like you’ve never seen it before – writing, choreographing and performing simultaneously. Maybe funny. Maybe something…else.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/improv-with-nicholas-holt/

SUN 24TH – THE TAP & BARREL

Crop’s Circle:  A podcast recording complete with interviews, discussion and performance, creating material from audience suggestions in the interval.

http://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/crops-circle/

SUN 24TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Improv Smackdown: 8 of the country’s best improvisers go head-to-head in order to be declared the country’s Smackdown Champion of 2019

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

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COVENTRY

SUN 3RD – HUMANITIES STUDIO

The Improv Musical: An hour of improvised mayhem, hilarity and musicality from students at the the University of Warwick.

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

FRI 8TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Full Of Beans:  A free family friendly evening of improvised sketches and games by Coventry Improv.

https://www.facebook.com/CoventryImprov/

WEDS 20TH – HUMANITIES STUDIO

The Improv Musical:  A brand new musical performed for one night only at the University of Warwick.

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

SAT 23RD – THE CRITERION THEATRE

Meeting 2.0:  The audience controls lighting, sound, and projections through the miracle of Twitter, with seven performers on stage who have not met before the performance.

https://www.facebook.com/bspottheatre/

WORCESTER

SAT 9TH – ST PETER’S BAPTIST CHURCH

4Front For Funzies:  You can 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/

WOLVERHAMPTON

THURS 14TH – THE SLADE ROOMS

The Noise Next Door: Eleven time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival bring their feature-length show “Remix” to the Midlands.

http://thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/

NUNEATON

SAT 16TH – ABBEY THEATRE

The Improlectuals: Four talented local improv comedians deliver gags, songs and comic stories that are based on what YOU the audience decide to give them.

https://www.facebook.com/improlectuals/

CRADLEY HEATH

THURS 21ST – THE HOLLY BUSH

No Material Night: A special twist on the regular comedy night.  Stand up comedians pull a topic from a hat and create a comedy routine in the same moment.

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON

FRI 22ND – THE SHAKESPEARE INSTITUTE

The School Of Night: Founded by Ken Campbell, and unlike any other theatrical event you are likely to experience, the players channel the Bard to create a lost masterpiece.

http://www.theschoolofnight.com/

NORTHAMPTON

SAT 23RD – POMFRET ARMS

The Same Faces: More instant humour from this long-established comedy group.

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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