GIG GUIDE: MAY 2019

50 shows this month across the Midlands,    covering BirminghamNottinghamLeicester, Coventrymore.

Paul Mertons Impro Chums

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BIRMINGHAM

WEDS 1ST – SERVE

Jumprov: The UK’s first diverse improv theatre company bring their fast paced fun to entertain the audience in this city centre location.

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

THURS 2ND – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Armando Diaz Experience:  Fat Penguin Improv create a completely original night of comedy using Chicago’s most famous improv format.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

SAT 4TH – THE EDGE

SquidHeart:  Comedy and drama from the Birmingham duo, accompanied by an amazing jazz band.  Part of Funkenteleky.

https://www.facebook.com/squidheartimprov/

THURS 9TH – 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

FRI 10TH – BIRMINGHAM REP

Jumprov: The UK’s first diverse improv theatre company pull out all the stops to entertain and delight.  Part of Monologue Slam Birmingham.

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

MON 13TH – THE H SUITE

Box Of Frogs: More songs, scenes and silliness from Birmingham’s premier improv group.  Part of a cabaret night raising money for Whizz-Kidz.

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

WEDS 15TH – GUILD OF STUDENTS

Improvabunga: Ahead of their 15th Edinburgh Fringe run, the award-winning Watch This Improv Troupe will perform the debut of a show that hasn’t even been created…yet.

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

THURS 16TH – 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

FRI 17TH/SAT 18TH – GUILD OF STUDENTS

Improvabunga: Two more Edinburgh preview shows with live musical accompaniment, improvised lighting and four buzzers that let you control the show.

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

SUN 19TH – THE MILL

Jumprov: The local improv heroes show off their comedy skills once more.  Part of Stand Up To Knife Crime.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stand-up-to-knife-crime-tickets-60840097369#

MON 20TH – 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 23RD – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Armando Diaz Experience:  The improv machine that is Fat Penguin produces another original comedy show from scratch.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

THURS 30TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Armando Diaz Experience:  The final weekly show of the month from Birmingham’s popular improv group.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

FRI 31ST – BIRMINGHAM NEC

Knightmare Live: The critically acclaimed comedy stage adaption of the cult TV classic features magic, mayhem and monsters. Plus anagrams.  Part of the UK Games Expo.

https://www.facebook.com/KnightmareLive/

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NOTTINGHAM 

SAT 4TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

It’s A Trap! The Improvised Star Wars Show:   After last year’s sell-out show, the hilarious, untold, unofficial Star Wars show returns.  May the Fourth be with you.

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

THURS 9TH – 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

WEDS 15TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

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

https://www.thepartysomewhereelse.co.uk/wednesday15may

SAT 18TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Consenting Partners:   The UK’s longest running two-person improv show, run by the longest running improv group outside of London.  Funny, weird, creative and unique.

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

SAT 18TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

The Question: Come ask your question and get Pippa Evans (The Showstoppers, Radio 4) to sing you the answer.

https://www.thepartysomewhereelse.co.uk/saturday18may

THURS 23RD – CANAL HOUSE

The Vox Pops:   Improvised comedy based on 3D printed creations produced during the Pint Of Science festival.

https://pintofscience.co.uk/event/creative-reactions-closing-night

FRI 24TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums:   Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch, Suki Webster, Mike McShane and accompanist Kirsty Newton continue their 2019 tour.

https://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/whats-on/comedy/paul-mertons-impro-chums/

WEDS 29TH – 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 4TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

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

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

WEDS 8TH – 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/

FRI 17TH – PHOENIX ARTS CENTRE

HumanMachine: A comedy show and a live Turing test: The AI sends lines to one of the improvisers via an earpiece. The audience’s challenge is to guess who.

https://www.facebook.com/events/418220625629411/

SAT 25TH – THE CURVE

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums:   The comedy specialists come to Leicester as part of their tour visiting their favourite parts of the UK.

https://www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/paul-mertons-impro-chums/

FRI 31ST – 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/rhymesimprov/

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COVENTRY

FRI 3RD – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Anything You Want:  Warwick Improv create a completely improvised play.  Six actors.  One Hour.  No script.  Part of the Coventry Comedy Festival.

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/3042/

FRI 3RD – ESQUIRES COFFEE

King Of The Norf: Coventry Improv premiere their long-form romp through a Game of Thrones-inspired world, as seen through the eyes of its princes and peasants.

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/3043/

SAT 4TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Couch: For the first time in Coventry two people will get their dating app profile examined and then turned into comedy scenes.

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/3057/

SAT 4TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

The Armando Diaz Experience: This Fat Penguin show takes a very intimate look at the lives of our performers, then ruthlessly explores the comedy within.

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/3045/

SUN 5TH – JJ’S

Fablemaker: Ben Van Der Velde raids the library of his fantastical imagination to create thrillers, romances, ghost stories and more original freewheeling tales.

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/2953/

SUN 5TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

The Show That’s All About You: Yorkshire’s funniest improv comedy group, Super Trooper Improv, perform sketches and games all based on your suggestions.

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/3046/

WEDS 8TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Where’s The Remote?: A fast paced long form improv show utilising audience ideas to create a unique 90s Bmovie in front of your eyes. Premier show by OK Stop!

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/3048/

WEDS 8TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Box Of Frogs: Expect the unexpected as quick-witted players conjure up hilarious spontaneous songs, sketches and scenes on the spur of the moment!

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/3049/

THURS 9TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

An Improvised Murder: A night of murder, mystery and mayhem from Foghorn Unscripted, served up with a generous helping of jokes.

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/3050/

THURS 9TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Extreme Improv: A fast paced competitive improvised sketch show where performers battle with comedy to win the Extreme Improv Championship belt.

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/3051/

FRI 10TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Full Of Beans:  Coventry Improv presents their monthly big gig, a hugely entertaining slice of live improv in the heart of the city.

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

SAT 11TH – WARWICK ARTS CENTRE

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums:  Another evening of mind-blowing improvisation from some of the best performers alive.

https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2019/paul-mertons-impro-chums/

SAT 11TH – WARWICK ARTS CENTRE

The Adam Riches Experience: From edge of your seat audience participation to masterful character creations, no two shows are alike.

https://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/2019/adam-riches-the-adam-riches-experience/

SAT 11TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

Discount Comedy Checkout: 5 star rated 100% Raw and Unscripted Adult only comedy show.  Bring your wildest ideas to the table to put them on the spot,

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/3053/

SAT 11TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE

The Same Faces: Top quality short-form fun and games, with two consecutive award nominations for Leicester Comedy Festival to prove it.

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/3054/

SUN 12TH – THE YARD

Games With James: Award-winning comedian and UK board gaming champion James Cook invites you to play board games live on stage.

https://www.enjoycoventry.com/ents/event/2916/

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DERBY

THURS 9TH – QUAD DERBY

One Night Of Dread: The audience make decisions that affect the narrative of a horror story, meaning no two performances will ever be the same.  Part of the Little Ed Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/SmokingGunsTheatre/

FRI 10TH – THE LORD NELSON

Improv Provocateur: The illegitimate child of improv and stand up, the bravest performers from across the Little Ed festival are put through their paces.

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

SAT 11H – DOUGHNOTTS

Improv Provocateur: Special kids edition of the stand up/improv show.  Part of the Little Ed festival.

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

SHREWSBURY

FRI 10TH – THEATRE SEVERN

Paul Merton’s Impro Chums: These world-famous improvisers flex their improvisational muscles once more.

http://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/comedy/paul-mertons-impro-chums/

SUN 19TH – THEATRE SEVERN

The Noise Next Door: The cheeky and charming quartet create a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories, and explosive physicality.

http://thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/shows/

NORTHAMPTON

SAT 25TH – POMFRET ARMS

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

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

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