GIG GUIDE: FEBRUARY 2020

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

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BIRMINGHAM

THURS 6TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Based On A True Story:  Fat Penguin Improv create a completely original night of comedy using Chicago’s most famous improv format.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

WEDS 12TH – GUILD OF STUDENTS

Improvabunga:  A side-splitting musical romp with three audience buzzers that let you control the show.  Valentines Day special.

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

THURS 13TH – THE VICTORIA

The Folly:  Comedy nonsense, new and fresh each time, from a play that nobody wrote.  With special guests SupHER Group and Sex, Lies & Improvisation.

https://www.facebook.com/thefollyimprov/

THURS 13TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Based On A True Story:  Fat Penguin Improv create another comedy show from scratch.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

MON 17TH – 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 20TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Based On A True Story:  Some of the best improvisers in Birmingham take to the stage to deliver another Fat Penguin Improv comedy show.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

TUES 25TH – ROSE VILLA TAVERN

Margaret I Have Something To Tell You:  Allison host a comedy extravaganza, featuring guests Benedict Churchas & Andrew Thayer.

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

WEDS 26TH – 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 27TH – ARTEFACT

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

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

THURS 27TH – PATRICK KAVANAGH

Based On A True Story: Weekly show where a series of monologues are converted into comedy scenes by members of Fat Penguin Improvised Comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/FatPenguinImprovComedy

FRI 28TH – THE WELLINGTON

Jumprov: Improv meets alcohol while the UK’s first BAME group create comedy sketches while tipsy.

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

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NOTTINGHAM 

TUES 4TH-FRI 7TH – NEW THEATRE

Afterlife:  An improviser is sacrificed for the “greater good” and is now a poltergeist.  The audience is an afterlife full of suggestions and the other performers are fair game.

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

FRI 7TH – NATIONAL JUSTICE MUSEUM

The Glowstick Trials:  7 back-to-back shows putting your misdeeds on trial with the audience involved via glowsticks.  Part of Nottingham Light Night.

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

THURS 13TH – 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

MON 17TH – 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 22ND – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Improv Triple Decker:  Three separate troupes combine for a night of unique performances.  Featuring Denise’s 50th, Five Chubby Foxes & The Improclaimers.

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

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LEICESTER

SAT 1ST – 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 5TH – THE Y THEATRE

Tiny Stories: Bring your favourite book, they’ll retell it in a way you couldn’t possibly forget. Nominated for Improv Group of the Year by Phoenix Remix.

https://www.facebook.com/TinyStoriesImprov/

WEDS 5TH – PETER PIZZERIA

The Great British Faith Off: Faith leaders from across the city have taken part in a one day comedy workshop… and now they’re about to perform live in front of you.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/the-great-british-faith-off/

THURS 6TH – WYGSTON’S HOUSE

The Improlectuals: An improv “super-group” made up of some of the finest improvisers from around the Midlands, creating completely new comedy sketches on the spot.

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

FRI 7TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Sex, Lies & Improvisation: From the award-nominated minds behind CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation and Sturike Comedy, this is the story of a girl, a guy and a great big lie.

https://www.facebook.com/betweenusimprov/

FRI 7TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Same Faces – Different Voices:  Introducing new show formats & new players to the festival, and as always, bringing you the very best improvised comedy possible.

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

FRI 7TH – BEAN GAMING CAFE

Some-Antics: A spoken word event which features open mic, a poetry slam, DJ and featured act. Join us for a great night of spoken word and comedy.

https://www.facebook.com/someantics.poetry/

FRI 7TH – ATTENBOROUGH ARTS CENTRE

Bright Sparks Comedy Asylum: The award-winning comedy mental health showcase led by local legend Rob Gee returns for its 13th year with a show about luck.

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

SAT 8TH – DEACON STREET ARTS

Tiny Jam:  Watch Tiny Stories perform on stage and then put your name in the hat for a chance to join them.  With special guests Stealing The Show.

https://www.facebook.com/TinyStoriesImprov/

SAT 8TH – GRAYS @ LCB DEPOT

Board Game Smackdown: oin comedians as they play board/card/party games live on stage. Hosted by award-winning comedian and UK board game champion James Cook.

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

SAT 8TH – KING RICHARD III VISITOR CENTRE

The Same Faces – [Specialist Subject] The Musical:  One of the performers will deliver a lecture on their specialist subject, then the cast turn it into a brand new musical.

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

SAT 8TH – BREWDOG

The Oxford Imps: 5-star rated, fast-paced improvised comedy show. Featuring songs, puns, scenes and raps – all made up entirely on the spot.

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

SAT 8TH – KAYAL

3 Not So Wise Men: The Jew, The Plumber & The Comedy Musician combine their skills to provide an hour of entertainment.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/3-not-so-wise-men/

SAT 8TH – BLACK HORSE LAUGHTER LOFT

ZIUQ: Family friendl-ish backwards comedy quiz. Audience are teams, questions are irrelevant, answers come from all sorts of surprising directions. Different every time.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/paul-silky-white-ziuq/

SAT 8TH – THE COOKIE

Daniel Nicholas – Lessons In Nostalgia:  A stand-up game show. If you remember MSN and video game soundtracks from the 90s, then you won’t forget this show.

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

SAT 8TH – KNIGHT & GARTER

Alex Leam – Improv Provocateur:The bravest performers from across the festival are put through their paces in a range of near the knuckle improvised games.

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

SUN 9TH – BLACK HORSE LAUGHTER LOFT

Paul “Silky” White – Sound Of The Baskervilles: “Absolutely brilliant. Great improviser, wonderful stand-up, beautiful singer” BBC Radio Scotland

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/paul-silky-white-the-sound-of-the-baskervilles/

SUN 9TH – THE COOKIE

Willis & Vere:  The story of a controversial artist’s rise to fame and subsequent downfall, created entirely from audience suggestions.

https://www.facebook.com/willisandvere/

SUN 9TH – BREWDOG

The Oxford Imps: A hilarious hour of fun for all the family. Shout out your wildest suggestions and see what some of the nation’s top improvisers come up with.

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

TUES 11TH – TOWN HALL BIKE PARK

Chella Quint – Adventures in Menstruating:  A bloody funny period comedy about breaking taboos and ending period poverty. Featuring a bleeding ridiculous conga line.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/chella-quint-adventures-in-menstruating/

WEDS 12TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Same Faces – Uncle Armando: A headlining stand up comedian will improvise monologues – based on your suggestions – and inspire fantastic improvised sketches.

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

THURS 13TH – WYGSTON’S HOUSE

The Further Ravings Of Electric Frog: During a live chat show, Dadaist director Electric Frog flashbacks his way through his somewhat dubious career.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/the-further-ravings-of-electric-frog/

FRI 14TH – FIREBUG

Conversation Garden on Love Island:  Winners of Best Improv show in Leicester Comedy Festival 2018, Conversation Garden are looking for love, money, and survival.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/conversation-garden-on-love-island/

FRI 14TH – BEAN GAMING CAFE

Some-Antics:  Spoken word event showcasing some of The Midlands’ finest stand-up and improv comedy acts.  Special event as part of the Leicester Comedy Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/someantics.poetry/

FRI 14TH / SAT 15TH – 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.

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

SAT 15TH – GRAYS @ LCB DEPOT

Daniel Nicholas – Millenial Generation Game: A new stand up game show looking at the different generations there are and why everyone hates young people.

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

SAT 15TH – MANHATTAN 34

Chris Betts Vs The Audience: Part stand-up, part debate class, Chris Betts will argue the opposite of anything anyone in the audience says on any topic they choose.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/chris-betts-vs-the-audience/

SAT 15TH – BREWDOG

Bad Clowns: An interactive show where the audience finds themselves in the hands of three friendly faces of a demonic cult. Save or eternally damn your souls.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/bad-clowns-cult-classic/

SAT 15TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Same Faces: The Leicester Comedy Festival award nominees perform games, scenes, songs and one-liners, all made up on the spot based on your suggestions.

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

SAT 15TH – KING RICHARD III VISITOR CENTRE

ImproVine: Merging the worlds of improvised silliness with our fallen hero Vine to create some ridiculous sketches based on your favourite iconic 6-second videos.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/improvine/

SUN 16TH – THE ANGEL HOTEL

A Very Funny Tasting with Jarred Christmas: Duncan Murray Wines provide Aa night of slurping and sizzling comedy.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/a-very-funny-tasting-with-jarred-christmas/

TUES 18TH – THE COOKIE

Foolish Bandits Present Cast Vs Crew: The Cast want to perform a fairy tale chosen by the audience while the Crew try to stop them using a cocktail of lights, sounds and props.

https://www.facebook.com/foolishbandits/

THURS 20TH – BREWDOG

Murder Inc: Crafty, hilarious, improvised murder mystery that YOU help program. Set the scene and we’re off. Crack the case and win a prize.

https://www.facebook.com/M.Inc.Improv/

FRI 21ST – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Rhymes Against Humanity: The Midlands’ highly acclaimed improvised musical. No scripts, no pre-prepared tunes – just a non-stop joyride of musical hilarity.

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

FRI 21ST – THE Y THEATRE

Crime Scene Improvisation: Following a five-star sell-out run at Edinburgh Fringe, CSI returns to Leicester with a rip-roaring crime comedy made up entirely on the spot.

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

FRI 21ST – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Sex, Lies & Improvisation: An improvised comedy about lying together.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/sex-lies-and-improvisation/

SAT 22ND – SUE TOWNSEND THEATRE

The Dark Room – Boss Level: You, the audience, are trapped in an interactive, retro gaming nightmare; choose an option, find the way out, and escape The Dark Room.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/the-dark-room-boss-level/

SAT 22ND – FIREBUG

The Dark Room For Kids: You and your family are stuck inside a live-action video game! How will you escape?! If you don’t, The Dark Room keeps one of your parents forever.

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

SAT 22ND – THE CURVE

Notflix: A show based on a film.  Did we mention the cast are making it up as they go along? Did we mention it’s a musical? With a live band and original, improvised songs.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/notflix-the-improvised-musical/

SUN 23RD – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

The Same Faces – Improv Smackdown: The country’s best improvisers go head-to-head, fighting to be declared Smackdown Champion of 2020.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/the-same-faces-improv-smackdown-2020/

SUN 23RD – PETER PIZZERIA

Tony Slattery is Unrehearsable: The Whose Line is it Anyway star headlines in his own improvisation show.  Expect silly games both old and new. Hosted by Robert Ross.

https://comedy-festival.co.uk/event/tony-slattery-is-unrehearsable/

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EVERYWHERE ELSE

FRI 7TH – THE ARTRIX, BROMSGROVE

An Improvised Murder:  With no script and no plot, Foghorn Unscripted and the audience create a classic whodunnit. All served up with a generous helping of jokes.

https://www.facebook.com/foghornunscripted/

FRI 14TH – 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/

FRI 14TH – MARKET HARBOROUGH RUGBY CLUB

The Same Faces: The Leicester Comedy Festival award nominees perform games, scenes, songs and one-liners, all made up on the spot based on your suggestions.

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

FRI 28TH – FEARON HALL, LOUGHBOROUGH

Splat Night: A new regular night of improv comedy.  First half features guest act Wayward Souls, second half is a jam where everyone can join in the fun.

https://www.facebook.com/SplatImprov/

FRI 28TH – WHITCHURCH LEISURE CENTRE, SHROPSHIRE

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

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

SAT 29TH – POMFRET ARMS, NORTHAMPTON

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

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

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