GIG GUIDE: OCTOBER 2019

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

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BIRMINGHAM

WEDS 2ND – THE HIGHBURY

Fat Penguin Showcase:  Graduates of the level 2 comedy course put on a free performance showing what they have learned.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

WEDS 2ND – THE GLEE CLUB

Basile:  Explosive improvisational hilarity throughout the night, with a dash of ethnic flare that will leave the audience in fits of laughter.

https://www.glee.co.uk/performer/basile/

THURS 3RD – 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

MON 7TH – CRESCENT THEATRE

The Improlectuals: Improv ‘super-group’ made up of some of the finest improvisers from around the Midlands who create completely new comedy sketches on the spot.

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

WEDS 9TH – GUILD OF STUDENTS

Improvabunga: Returning from the Edinburgh Fringe, the students of the University of Birmingham mash together two movie genres and let you control the show.

https://www.facebook.com/WatchThisUoB/

THURS 10TH – THE WELLINGTON

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 10TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Armando Diaz Experience:  Fat Penguin Improv create another comedy show from scratch.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

FRI 11TH – FRICTION ARTS

Women Who Wank: At times hilarious, at times tender and heart-warming, this solo improvised show & huge Edinburgh Fringe hit visits the Midlands for one night only.  

https://www.facebook.com/WomenWhoWank/

SAT 12TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Improv All Dayer:  Eight acts from across the country create a day-long comedy show then come together for an improv jam.  Part of the Birmigham Comedy Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

SUN 13TH – THE VICTORIA

Foghorn Unscripted: An improvised comedy murder mystery based on audience suggestions. Stories, laughter … and death!

https://www.facebook.com/foghornunscripted

SUN 13TH – THE VICTORIA

Board Game Smackdown: Join award-winning comedian and UK board game champion James Cook as he makes funny people play games for our pleasure.

http://www.boardgamesmackdown.com/

TUES 15TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Spontaneous Potter:  An entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. With live musical accompaniment!

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpontaneousPlayers/

WEDS 16TH – ROSE VILLA TAVERN

Allison: One Big Mad Ritual:  Two ordinary people, one seminal moment… and the bizarre world in which they find themselves.  With support from Wayward Souls.

https://www.facebook.com/AllisonImprov/

THURS 17TH – 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

SAT 19TH – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Ten Thousand Million Love Stories: A two person play about love, what it means and how we succeed and fail at it.  Part of the Birmingham Improv Festival.

https://birminghamimprovfestival.com/ten-thousand-million-love-stories/

MON 21ST – BLUE ORANGE THEATRE

Box Of Frogs: Monthly show in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter where audience members have the option to join performers on stage. Features a special performance by Sex, Lies and Improvisation.

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

WEDS 23RD – ISLAND BAR

Groundprov Day: Imagine if you could see how things might have been if you had followed a different path. Wayward Souls given you that opportunity. With support from Allison.

https://www.facebook.com/waywardsoulsimprov/

THURS 24TH – ARTEFACT

What A Nice Night:  Stirchley’s monthly night of stand-up, spoken word and improvised comedy.

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

THURS 24TH – 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 24TH / FRI 25TH – THE OLD REP

Austentatious: An entirely improvised comedy play in the style of Jane Austen, performed in full Regency costume with live musical accompaniment.

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

SUN 27TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Box Of Frogs:  Expect the unexpected with another collection of off the cuff scenes and songs.  Part of Rough Works night.

https://www.glee.co.uk/performer/rough-works/

WEDS 30TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Dark Room: The world’s only live action video game.  Interactive and insane, this is impro comedy + retro gaming fused into a deranged rock n’ roll game show.

https://www.facebook.com/Fat-Penguin-Free-Comedy-at-The-Patrick-Kavanagh-154232731360214/

WEDS 30TH – 1000 TRADES

OK Stop: A fast paced long form improv show utilising audience ideas to create a unique one hour movie in front of your eyes.

https://www.facebook.com/okstopcomedy/

THURS 31ST – PATRICK KAVANAGH

The Armando Diaz Experience:  Weekly show where a series of monologues are converted into comedy scenes by members of Fat Penguin Improvised Comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

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NOTTINGHAM 

MON 7TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Basile:  The Improvisational World Tour comes to Nottingham, with a dash of Greek flare that will leave the audience in fits of laughter.

https://www.glee.co.uk/performer/basile/

THURS 10TH – 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 12TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

The Vox Pops: A special guest speaker (Johnathan Sims) tells true stories from their life based on audience suggestions, which form the inspiration for a sketch show.

https://www.facebook.com/thevoxpops/

SUN 13TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Austentatious: The Regency-era comedians are saddling the horses once more to wreak havoc upon the nation.

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

MON 21ST – THE ANGEL MICROBREWERY

Cats Pyjamas:  Audience members can sit back and enjoy a free comedy show or take the plunge and join the performers on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/improvnottingham/

SAT 26TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Improv Nonsense: No scripts? No time to prepare?! No problem! A show full of fun and games in the centre of Nottingham.

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

SUN 27TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Spontaneous Potter:  An entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. With live musical accompaniment!

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpontaneousPlayers/

WEDS 30TH – 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 5TH – CREATE STUDIOS

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

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

WEDS 9TH –  UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Uncle Armando: A stand-up comedian tells a true story, based on an audience suggestion, which then inspires comedy sketches from the improvisers.

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

FRI 25TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Rhymes Against Humanity:  Give these guys a suggestion and they’ll turn it into something to sing about.  A full length musical in fact.  Part of the Leicester Improv Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/rhymesimprov/

FRI 25TH –  UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Uncle Armando: An unpredictable, but always hilarious evening of improvised comedy.  Part of the Leicester Improv Festival.

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

SAT 26TH –  UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Denise’s 50th / Rosie & Pippa and Thunderclap / Acaprov: An afternoon of entertainment with three separate, and very different, comedy shows.  Part of the Leicester Improv Festival.

http://www.upstairsatthewestern.com/whats-on/

SAT 26TH –  UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Clones and Squidheart / The Committee: An evening of comedy, headlined by performers from BBC One, Channel 4 and BBC Radio 4.  Part of the Leicester Improv Festival.

http://www.upstairsatthewestern.com/whats-on/

SUN 27TH –  UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

All Female Group / Tiny Stories and Ki Shah / The Same Faces: Three more comedy shows, headlined by Leicester’s homegrown comedy talent.  Part of the Leicester Improv Festival.

http://www.upstairsatthewestern.com/whats-on/ 

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EVERYWHERE ELSE

SAT 5TH – HUMANITIES STUDIO, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

The Freshers’ Show: A special showcase for the start of a new academic year by Warwick Improv.

https://www.facebook.com/WarwickImprov/

THURS 10TH – ROYAL SPA CENTRE & TOWN HALL, LEAMINGTON SPA

The Noise Next Door: Eight time sell-out veterans of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the “Remix” show leaves audiences everywhere in awe of their lightning-quick wit.

https://www.facebook.com/noisenextdoor/

FRI 11TH – ESQUIRES COFFEE, COVENTRY

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 12TH – THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical:  Spontaneous musical comedy at its absolute finest – Olivier Award winners direct from the West End.  A must see.

https://www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/musicals-1150/showstopper/

SAT 12TH – LEINTWARDINE VILLAGE HALL, SHROPSHIRE 

The Improlectuals: The improv ‘super-group’ made up of some of the finest improvisers around continue their tour across the Midlands.

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

SUN 13TH – UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK, COVENTRY 

The Improv Musical: A free show featuring a variety of fun games, improv exercises and some improvised songs.

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

WEDS 16TH – THE ABBEY THEATRE, NUNEATON 

The Improlectuals: More top class comedy from a hand-picked selection of the Midlands finest improvisers.

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

THURS 17TH – BUXTON OPERA HOUSE

Austentatious: Join the all-star cast as they create a riotously funny new literary masterpiece, based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.

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

SAT 19TH – POMFRET ARMS, NORTHAMPTON

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

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

FRI 25TH – NEW MATHS BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

Short Form: The first scractch show of the academic year, run by Warwick Improv.

https://www.facebook.com/WarwickImprov/

SUN 27TH – LYCH GATE TAVERN, WOLVERHAMPTON

Ben Van der Velde: Join this master of audience interaction for “Fablemaker”, a night of thrillers, romances, ghost stories and more original freewheeling tales.

https://www.funny-things.co.uk/standup/ben-van-der-velde-fablemaker

THURS 31ST – HUMANITIES STUDIO, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

Scared Witless: Thrills and horrors improvised before your very eyes.

https://www.facebook.com/WarwickImprov/

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

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