LIST OF GROUPS (2022)

Here is a snapshot of all the improv groups based in the Midlands.

There are 27 groups listed here, a slight increase on the 26 groups last time the list was refreshed in 2019. However the list has changed quite a lot, with nine new groups added since the list was last updated: Behind The Headlines, Breakfast Of Champions, The Clones, The Improclaimers, Improvoke, Chewy Improv, The Sisters Karazmatik, LeamProv and Canny Funny. Proof that the improv scene in the Midlands is still going strong despite the problems of the pandemic.

BIRMINGHAM

Allison allow us to catch a glimpse of a seminal moment in the lives of two ordinary people and then explore the bizarre world in which they find themselves.

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

Behind The Headlines is a topical panel show where comedians perform sketches based on recent news stories.  Have I Got News For You meets Saturday Night Live in the heart of Birmingham.

https://www.facebook.com/BehindTheHeadlinesComedy/

Board Game Smackdown​ is a comedy panel show where comedians play (slightly adapted) board/card/party/tabletop games live on stage.

http://www.boardgamesmackdown.com/

Breakfast Of Champions use true life stories from a different guest speaker every show to inspire a wide range of cracking comedy scenes.

[no website yet]

Box Of Frogs is Birmingham’s premiere impro group, founded and run by Jon Trevor.  They perform regularly in the Jewellery Quarter and at the Glee Club. [Reviews here & here.]

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

Foghorn Unscripted is a Birmingham based narrative improv company covering Dickens, murder mysteries and more.  [Review here.]

https://www.facebook.com/foghornunscripted

The Improlectuals are an improv supergroup with performers taken from many other Midlands groups.  They perfrom regularly at various venues across the Midlands. [Review here.]

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

Jumprov are the UK’s freshest improv theatre company & Britain’s first BAME group.  They perform regularly at the Birmingham Hippodrome. [Reviews here & here.]

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

Watch This enjoy both short-form and long-form shows, performed by members of the University of Birmingham Improv Society. [Reviews here & here.]

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

NOTTINGHAM

The Clones is a two person improvised show.  Witness the incredible as the two performers create a one act, comedic theatrical piece out of thin air.

https://www.facebook.com/TheClonesImprov

The Improclaimers are an improvised musical duo. The audience creates the set-list, and the Improclaimers create the songs on the spot.

https://www.facebook.com/Improclaimers

MissImp are Nottingham’s top improvised comedy theatre group and perform across the East Midlands several times a month. [Reviews here & here.]

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

NICE are the Nottingham Improv Comedy Experience, promoting the art form at special events throughout the year.

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

The Red Herrings is formed from members of the University of Nottingham Improv Society. 

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

Rhymes Against Humanity are the Midland’s favourite musical improv troupe creating musical mayhem on the spot using audience suggestions. [Reviews here & here.]

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

The Vox Pops create fast paced, emotionally grounded comedy out of true stories told by the audience.

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

LEICESTER

Improvoke use a randomised playlist of karaoke backing tracks to create brand new songs.  The mash-up of improv and karaoke that you’ve been waiting for.

https://www.facebook.com/improvokeimprov/

The Same Faces are an improvised comedy group with regular performers Tom Young, Allan Smith and Dave Gotheridge.  Monthly shows in Leicester and Northampton. [Reviews here & here.]

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

Tiny Stories aim is to entertain while showing just how much we all miss in our average day to day life by focusing on the small moments.

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

COVENTRY

Coventry Improv is made up from a wide range of performers with varying backgrounds, combining their talents to play classic improv games[Review here.]

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

The Improv Musical are a group of musical actors which can turn any scenario into a fully formed musical.  [Review here.]

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

WITS is the Warwick Improvised Theatre Society, made up of students from the University of Warwick.  [Review here.]

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

DERBY

Chewy Improv use audience suggestions in a fun and friendly environment to create comedy games like you’ve never seen them before.

https://www.facebook.com/Chewyimprov/

Improv Provocateur is the illegitimate child of stand up and improv, where the bravest comedians from Midlands comedy festivals take part in a range of improvised games.  

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

The Sisters Karazmatik are a duo for those who like their improv sassy and sharp, and just a little outré, Perfect for newcomers to improv, as well as those with more… discerning tastes.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSistersKarazmatik

LEAMINGTON SPA

LeamProv are the premier improv group in Leamington Spa, performing regular nights in the town and guesting in festivals across the Midlands.

https://www.facebook.com/LeamingtonSpaImprov

NORTHAMPTON

Canny Funny is a collective of some of the Midland’s funniest improvisers. They take audience suggestions and weave them into sketches, scenes and songs for your entertainment.

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

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

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