GIG GUIDE: APRIL 2022

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

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BIRMINGHAM

FRI 1ST – CAFE OIKOS

Evening Of Creativity: A gathering of artistic minds and is a great monthly rendez-vous for all art lovers, emanating from Erdington. This month expect long-form, comedic improv from Breakfast of Champions, as well as returning artist Karen Swan, bringing a new backing band as part of this 5 year anniversary show.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/erdington-arts-forum-31203998623

SUN 3RD – THE OLD REP

Any Suggestions, Doctor? The Improvised Doctor Who Parody: Travel anywhere in time and space with a live radiophonic workshop, incredible props & set and a collection of hilarious improv comedy performers. Travel on an adventure everyone can enjoy made entirely from your suggestions. Allons-y!

https://anysuggestionsimprov.co.uk/tour-dates/

WEDS 6TH – 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/

WEDS 13TH – 1000 TRADES

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

SAT 16TH – BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME [CANCELLED]

Jumprov:  Grab a ticket and join Jumprov, who identify as the UK’s first Black and Brown Improv group for a night of fun featuring live sketch comedy which is completely made up on the spot using suggestions from you, the audience.

https://www.facebook.com/Jumprov

WEDS 20TH – 1000 TRADES

Midlands Improv Night: Two new Birmingham groups take the stage. Behind The Headlines has two teams of comedians performing sketches based on recent news stories. Breakfast Of Champions starts with a guest speaker giving a monologue which then inspires a range of scenes.

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

FRI 22ND – BIRMINGHAM BIERKELLER

This Is Your Trial: A five star award-winning comedy courtroom show where audience members can accuse friends and loved ones of ‘crimes’, petty, or not so much. The Judge is joined by guest comedians in roles of lawyers, hearing testimony, cross-examining witnesses and providing evidence, all on the spot. It’s then up to the audience as jury, to deliver the verdict.

https://www.thisisyourtrial.com/

WEDS 27TH – 1000 TRADES

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.

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

THURS 28TH/FRI 29TH/SAT 30TH – THE GLEE CLUB

MC Hammersmith:  The world’s leading freestyle rapper to ever emerge from the ghetto of middle class white west London, performing improvised hip hop comedy inspired entirely by audience suggestions.

https://www.glee.co.uk/performer/mc-hammersmith/

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NOTTINGHAM 

SAT 2ND – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Improv NonSense – Welcome To The Movies: Two groups combine to create an evening of entertainment. Four Far Away use stunning science fiction & fantasy styles to create a full length tale. Unspeakable Acts starts with an actual screenplay and then creates a whole new story based on its opening pages.

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

MON 4TH – 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 14TH – MALT CROSS

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

WEDS 20TH – 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.

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

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LEICESTER

FRI 1ST – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Rhymes Against Humanity:  The Midlands’ highly acclaimed, award nominated, improvised musical. It’s a non-stop joyride of musical hilarity that’s all being created in the moment. 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/

SAT 16TH – INTERNATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

The Same Faces:  Special 9th anniversary show bringing you our unique blend of sketches, songs and one-liners once again. Plus, there’ll be cake! If you’ve ever seen us or “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” then you’ll already have an idea of what we do. If you haven’t, we perform short-form improvisation, taking suggestions from you to form brilliant comedy sketches live on stage. You can see many hilarious examples on our youtube page. Our team of regular improvisers will be back, joined by some of the best guest performers in the land. We can’t wait to be back in the same room, making you laugh once again.

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

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EVERYWHERE ELSE

FRI 1ST – GATEHOUSE THEATRE, STAFFORD

Showstopper! The Improvised Musical:  With twelve years as an Edinburgh Fringe must-see phenomenon, a BBC Radio 4 series, a critically-acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences across the globe with their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity. These incredible performers are guaranteed to impress as they create shows packed with drama, dazzling dance routines and catchy melodies – it’s just all made up on the spot.

https://showstopperthemusical.com/upcoming-shows/

FRI 8TH– ESQUIRES COFFEE, COVENTRY

Full Of Beans: Coventry Improv return with their fan favourite format, an all-inclusive show which is all for charity, and 100% of the donations will make it’s way to the designated charity for the quarter.

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

MON 25TH– TEMPERANCE CAFE, LEAMINGTON SPA

The Long Shot: Leamprov, the premier improvised comedy troupe in Leamington, are proud to bring you a new type of comedy show. Some of their long standing members will be performing longer scenes then our standard show from your suggestions.

https://www.facebook.com/LeamingtonSpaImprov

FRI 22ND – POMFRET ARMS, NORTHAMPTON

Improv Comedy Show: Expect fast paced humour in the style of shows such as ‘Whose Line is it Anyway’ Quick witted players will take your suggestions and use them to create hilarious scenarios, ridiculous characters and many laugh out loud moments for your entertainment. Performed by Canny Funny plus special guests.

https://www.facebook.com/CannyFunnyImprov/

MON 25TH– TEMPERANCE CAFE, LEAMINGTON SPA

The Long Shot: Leamprov, the premier improvised comedy troupe in Leamington, are proud to bring you a new type of comedy show. Some of their long standing members will be performing longer scenes then our standard show from your suggestions.

https://www.facebook.com/LeamingtonSpaImprov

SAT 30TH – THE HOLLY BUSH, DUDLEY

Lost Saturday Improv:  See rising talent and established comedians working freestyle at the centre of gravity for stand up comedy in the West Midlands.

https://www.facebook.com/hollybushcradley

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

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