GIG GUIDE: NOVEMBER 2021

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

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BIRMINGHAM

WEDS 3RD – 1000 TRADES

Maestro:  The exciting elimination improv game where anything can happen. Twelve intrepid improvisers face a series of scenes and challenges, for a night filled with love and laughter. The scenes are scored by you, the audience, until only one player remains…the Maestro.Come along and enjoy the ride, cheer for your favourite improviser, and see who will take the winning crown!

https://www.facebook.com/BhamImprov/

TUES 9TH – UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM

Improvabunga (Rescheduled) Halloween Special:  Returning from a sell-out, 16th annual run at the Edinburgh Fringe, the Watch This Improv Troupe are back in Brum with their totally improvised movie adventure extravaganza! In a world where horror movie plots are getting too predictable, one improv show dares to break the mould. You choose the subgenre, the setting and the title and they will do the rest, creating a totally improvised show brimming with all your favourite horror tropes. Featuring live musical accompaniment and four audience buzzers used to control the performers.

https://www.facebook.com/WatchThisImprov

TUES 16TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Spontaneous Sherlock: An entirely improvised Sherlock Holmes comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. Performed in two halves by some of the UK’s most critically-acclaimed comedy improvisers, with live Victorian musical accompaniment.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpontaneousPlayers

WEDS 24TH – THE PRINCE OF WALES

Comedy Jam:  Come and play your favourite improv games, take part in improvised scenes, sketches and songs, or just sit back and watch the fun. Suitable for all levels of experience, including complete beginners. Hosted by resident guests, Box of Frogs, with a different improv group invited to entertain in the first half. This month’s guests: Improvoke.

https://www.facebook.com/BhamImprov/

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NOTTINGHAM 

MON 1ST – BUNKERS HILL

The Cat’s Pyjamas:  Audience members can sit back and enjoy a free comedy show or take the plunge to join the performers on stage.

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

THURS 4TH – METRONOME

Dead British:  World premiere of a brand new improvised comedy interview show, where the interviewer knows the person from British history they are meeting, but the improviser has no idea who they are about to play. See three brand new episodes recorded in one evening for later broadcast in the new year on Union Jack Radio.

https://www.metronome.uk.com/events/dead-british/

THURS 4TH – ROYAL CONCERT HALL

Ross Noble:  What happens when pure comedy takes human form? What happens when a creature is created and bred to do stand up? Nobody knows because that isn’t a thing. What is a thing is Ross Noble doing a show. You can come and see it. This is it.

https://www.rossnoble.com/

SAT 6TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Improv Nonsense:  MissImp proudly presents a showcase of spur of the moment comedy and theatre. Each performance of Improv Nonsense showcases different local and national stars of Improvised Theatre. You might see a series of duologues, a panoply of theatre games or just about anything else under the sun. One thing is certain. It’s all unscripted and guaranteed to be a one night only production.

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

THURS 11TH – METRONOME

Dead British:  Recording of three more episodes for Union Jack Radio in front of a live audience, one brave improviser will be supported by a cast who will help them recreate a famous character from British history in a whole new light. 

https://www.metronome.uk.com/events/dead-british/

FRI 12TH – THE MALT CROSS

Squares In The Round/Rosie and Pippa:  Get ready to experience a brand new soap opera, creating fresh in front of your eyes by the spectacular Squares in the Round based wholly on your suggestions. Want to see episode 505 of Duckbilled Platypus Street or the final ever episode of Danstenders? It’s up to you! Followed by the fantastic improv duo Rosie and Pippa, a couple of smokin’ hot 30 somethings traversing the improv comedy scene. With a background in stand up and general nonsense, they bring their own brand of silliness to the stage to explore modern life.

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

FRI 12TH – METRONOME

Rhymes Against Humanity:  The highly acclaimed, award nominated, improvised musical. It’s a non-stop joyride of musical hilarity that’s all being created in the moment. The show starts with the title of a brand-new musical being picked from a hat full of audience suggestions. Then, from the opening number through to the very last note of the finale, everything is being created on the spot. This is improvised comedy at its most thrilling as you witness a brand new musical being performed for the very first and very last time.

https://www.facebook.com/rhymesimprov

FRI 12TH – THE MALT CROSS

The Aquarium:  Rising from the deep depths of the unexplored and the unexpected, The Aquarium are the thing that swims in the ocean of spontaneity. Mischievous, loud and full of excitement, nothing can stop this glass tank of Loki’s children. Get ready for the stories of dastardly mayhem and the magical marine.

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

FRI 12TH – THE NEW ART EXCHANGE

Awkward Question Time:  The hit lockdown podcast panel show has been unlocked and is once again in front of a live audience, Alex Leam takes a panel of comedians and subjects them to an hour of increasingly awkward and stupid questions. Like that other Question Time, the audience are encouraged to ask questions of the panel. And what happens live, STAYS live.

https://www.facebook.com/AwkwardQuestionTime

FRI 12TH – THE MALT CROSS

The Vox Pops:  Turning true stories into big laughs these “Improv Heroes” (Metro) are ready to storm the stage with sketches, scenes, silliness aplenty. These improv veterans bring the stage to life with a sense of playfulness that can’t be stopped.

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

SAT 13TH – THE MALT CROSS

Improvoke/Canny Funny:  Two of the most joyful teams you will witness on the comedy stage. Improvoke are the mash up of karaoke and improv you never knew you needed. Featuring Jen Kenny and Hannah Platts. Canny Funny are quick-witted short-form players who will delight and amuse the audience.

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

SAT 13TH – THE MALT CROSS

Ben Pals:  An improv show built from a mutual love of friendship and storytelling. Every show features Edinburgh Fringe sell-out performer Ben Macpherson and a special guest improviser or two as they create something wonderful for you on the spur of the moment.Tonight Ben will be joined by Long Boi and The Noise, a frightful improv duo starring Joe Thompson and Charlie Gascoyne, bringing skits and schemes and terrible dreams.

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

SAT 13TH – THE MALT CROSS

Sex, Lies & Improvisation:  A dark comedy about lying together. Inspired by an anonymous lie chosen by the audience, each show reveals why we lie to the people we love. From the award-winning comedians behind CSI: Crime Scene Improvisation and Sturike Comedy.

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

SUN 14TH – LAKESIDE ARTS CENTRE

The Noise Next Door: Two shows from the quickest wits in comedy. Family show “Run Wild” lets you join the stars of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent and BBC’s The One Show for an hour of songs, scenes and gags all based on what the audience want to see. Adult show “In Charge” puts the audience in charge in brilliant new ways.

http://thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/

SUN 14TH – THE ANGEL MICROBREWERY

Larklord: Throughout lockdown, the one known only as the Larklord pitted comedians and improvisers against each other during two seasons of ridiculous challenges, such as: do the best thing with an egg, create a masterpiece using a toilet roll, or become the best rockstar. Now, with society reopened, the Larklord seeks to challenge these talented funny people live on stage. Come watch the creative carnage unfold.

https://www.facebook.com/LarklordShow/

WEDS 17TH – METRONOME

Dead British:  See three more brand new episodes being recorded for later broadcast on Union Jack Radio. Featuring historically inaccurate reenactments, famous dead people, and comedy songs, this entire show will rewrite history, without a script.

https://www.metronome.uk.com/events/dead-british/

WEDS 17TH – THE PLAYWRIGHT

Smash Night:  Give your laughter muscles a work out with three great acts from Nottingham and beyond performing hilarious scenes and games for your amusement. Based on YOUR suggestions these funny performers will spontaneously create never to be seen again comedy sketches you won’t want to miss. With special guests Improvabunga, Four Far Away & Press X To Smash.

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

THURS 18TH – BUNKERS HILL

Den Of Fools:  The comedy panel show where improv meets standup. 4 funny panelists play improv games, come up with jokes on random topics, and compete in a pun off. Hosted by Denzil de Cristo. Free entry, bucket collection. 

https://www.facebook.com/DenOfFoolsShow

THURS 18TH – BROADWAY CINEMA

Gorilla Burger:  Theatre karaoke where you can be the star. Hugely supportive and tons of fun this is a delightful way for you to experience improvised comedy. At Gorilla Burger you can get up on stage whether you’ve played before or not.

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

FRI 19TH – THE MALT CROSS

Improv All Stars:  Never-seen-before, never-to-be-seen-again! Watch in amazement as some of the best comedians and improvisers around hit the stage without a script with hilarious results! Expect spinning stories, crazy characters, and a raft of hilarious nonsense as YOUR suggestions fuel a comedy show like no other.

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

FRI 19TH – THE MALT CROSS

Five Chubby Foxes:  Upon an object, much can rest. Lives may revolve around it, and its consequences can be many. Chaos abounds, come the Foxes, bringing cheek and cheer. Jumping down rabbit holes in search of game, they’ll cut to the chase with their sharp wits. Watch as they forage through the mundane, following the scent of mischief to find a feast of fun. Five Chubby Foxes will make the magic happen. All they need is for you to choose their plaything.

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

FRI 19TH – THE MALT CROSS

Denise’s 50th:  You’re invited to Denise’s 50th, an improvised play that explores the intense emotion of every awkward social gathering you’ve ever had the (dis)pleasure of attending.

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

SAT 20TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

The Clones: Laugh, cry, and connect again with live theatre as The Clones make up a one-act play from scratch, all you have to do is tell them where the show is set. Witness the incredible, as renowned improv duo The Clones take to the stage. With no script, no staging, and only a pair of chairs for a set, they spin a simple audience suggestion into hilarious, spontaneous entertainment. Plots and sub-plots galore, and a whole cast of characters effortlessly juggled by the veteran improvisers. This is comedy theatre like you’ve never seen it before.

https://www.facebook.com/TheClonesImprov

SAT 20TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

It’s A Trap – The Improvised Star Wars Show: A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…It’s A Trap explores untold stories of the Star Wars universe. A handful of audience suggestions creates a unique episode before your eyes – complementing and breaking the canon in unexpected and ingenious ways! Truly geeky, hilarious entertainment – this IS the show you’re looking for.

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

SAT 20TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

A Night Of Improvised Duets: A double helping of spectacular musical improv! With songs inspired by audience suggestions, come and be serenaded by some of the best musical improvisers in Nottingham. Join improvised lounge-act Play It Again and double act The Improclaimers as they make up songs from a set list decided by YOU, the audience.

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

SAT 27TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Bonfire Man: An on-stage documentary that takes you to the blistering heat of the Nevada desert and the impossible city that rises from the dust every year. In this carousel of bizarre character comedy you’ll get to the heart of the infamous Bonfire Man festival where you are free to express yourself for the right price. The perfect blend of character, sketch and improv comedy.

https://wearenonsuch.com/portfolio/bonfireman/

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LEICESTER

WEDS 24TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Improv Upstairs:  A monthly showcase featuring guest sets from established improv troupes as well as a changing roster of local players. The Improv Upstairs Jam at the end of the night will pick people to take part at random – including audience members should you choose to put yourself forward.

https://www.facebook.com/UpstairsWestern

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EVERYWHERE ELSE

WEDS 3RD/10TH/17TH/24TH – ONLINE

Board Game Smackdown: Birmingham comedian and UK board game champion James Cook makes his funny friends play board games on YouTube and Facebook.

http://www.boardgamesmackdown.com/

FRI 5TH – THE GRADUATE, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

All The Best WITS: Warwick Improvised Theatre Society have an action-packed show full of their favourite games. Come to have fun, shout out suggestions and be a part of the show.

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

SUN 7TH/21ST/28TH – ONLINE

Larklord: Weekly comedy show from Nottingham with a splendid selection of stand-up comedians, improvisers and actors performing a series of ridiculous tasks to impress the Larklord. Who will win?

https://www.facebook.com/LarklordShow/

WEDS 10TH – ROYAL AND DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON

Ross Noble:  Another date on the nationwide tour from the stand up who masterfully blends prepared material and improvisation in every performance.

https://www.rossnoble.com/

THURS 11TH – THE OPERA HOUSE, BUXTON

Ross Noble:  A third visit to the Midlands from the uncontrollable comedian whose stand-up routine is a largely improvised and surreal performance with a stream of consciousness delivery.

https://www.rossnoble.com/

SAT 20TH – MEOLE BRACE COMMUNITY HALL, SHREWSBURY

Box Of Frogs: Birmingham’s premiere Improv Group bring you a night of high-octane improvised comedy nonsense based entirely on your suggestions. Expect the unexpected as quick-witted players conjure up hilarious spontaneous songs, sketches and scenes on the spur of the moment.

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro

MON 29TH – THE BAND FACTORY, LEAMINGTON SPA

LeamProv: Come join in the fun with the Midlands newest group for their monthly improv jam, where the audience is invited to join the cast members on stage.

https://www.facebook.com/LeamingtonSpaImprov

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

facebook.com/midlandsimprov/                                    @MidlandsImprov

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