GIG GUIDE: OCTOBER 2022

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

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BIRMINGHAM

SAT 1ST – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

Comediasians:  As a champion of Asians in comedy and performance, their online and live solo shows have often also involved improvised and original music, and stand-up comedy. They are very excited to bring a mix of short and long form games – original creations and some all-time favourites – to Birmingham Improv Festival.

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

SAT 1ST – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

ImpOpera:  Aardvarks and arias. Tragedy and profanity. Impropera can make a musical production about absolutely anything. With a bit of help from the audience in the way of suggested phrases, words or scenarios, Impropera draws you into their world of diverse characters, all sung with profound emotional commitment and comedic verve.

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

SAT 1ST – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

MATES – The Improvised 90s Sitcom:  Don your sweater-vest and your Rachel hairdo, and get ready to relive the ‘90s. Inspired by classic sitcoms such as Seinfeld, Frasier and Friends, could this show BE any funnier?

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

SAT 1ST – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

Q.I. Queer Improv:  London’s first all queer improv group, bringing you big gay laughs since 2016. Our show combines personal stories and anecdotes with quick and funny improv scenes. With a cast full of veteran improvisers, stand up comics, actors, cabaret performers, and more, we have some stories to tell.

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

SAT 1ST – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

Comedy Store Players:  The official Guinness World Record Holders for the longest running comedy show with the same cast, are now in their 37th year. Come see them create a show from out of thin air. Each show is different because the audience are the writers.

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

SAT 1ST – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

Grand Theft Impro:  Founder members and veterans of the impro scene Dylan Emery and Phil Whelans plus guest stars from the world of impro will be creating an hour of sketches, skits and songs, all inspired by audience suggestions. Grand Theft Impro is one of the longest-running impro troupes in the UK, having been created almost twenty years ago in London.

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

SUN 2ND – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

Improbotics:  Award-winning troupe Improbotics presents Artificial Intelligence Improvisation, a tech-infused improv and science comedy show. Human actors join artificial intelligence robots on a surreal trip in augmented reality, where the robots literally take control of the show. Some improvisers are controlled by artificial intelligence chatbots: will they pass the Turing Test?

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

SUN 2ND – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

FANDCO – PlayTest:  Experience a projected virtual world with actors live on stage, combining motion capture and virtual reality to create sketches and stories in the moment. PlayTest combines seasoned players in virtual reality and motion capture with improvisers who are stepping into technology for perhaps the first time ever!

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

SUN 2ND – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

Dog And Pony Shows – Pixels:  Pixels is an animated show co-created by improvisers and a live audience. True stories from the audience inspire animated shorts in real-time. Every show is different from big adventures to tiny romances, spooky hauntings and impossible mysteries.

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

SUN 2ND – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

CSI – Crime Scene Improv:  No one knows who the killer is; not even the cast! Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe hit sell out show – Crime Scene Improvisation is a rip roaring comedy entirely made up on the spot to solve a surreal murder chosen by the audience. Once you’ve picked your victim, grab your detective hats and prepare to laugh as you meet the suspects, grill them in a line up, and ultimately decide who’s off to the clanger.

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

SUN 2ND – MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE

Track 96:  London’s premier hip-hop improv group Track 96 present “The RAPture”, where members of the audience will help determine whether the human race survives or is consigned to oblivion. Featuring hip hop musical numbers based off of audience stories and suggestions. Our live show is a high energy party atmosphere, consisting of a mix of freestyling, short games, and scenes that break out into full fledged hip hop musical numbers, all accompanied by a live beatboxer.

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

WEDS 5TH – 1000 TRADES

Maestro:  The exciting elimination improv game where anything can happen. Ten 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 crown.

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

SAT 8TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Box Of Frogs: The Frogs are back in town! After a year of hibernation, the multi-talented and quick-witted Box Of Frogs players return once more with their their high-octane improvised silliness to The Glee Club. Part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/BoxofFrogsImpro

SAT 8TH – BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

Jumprov:  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. Part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/Jumprov

SAT 8TH & SUN 9TH – OLD REP

Austentatious: Performed in Regency costume with live musical accompaniment, discover a tale that Jane Austen never quite managed to tell. 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/

SUN 9TH – THE VICTORIA

Behind The Headlines: Topical panel show with sketches based on recent news stories. From the Birmingham Mail to The New York Times, all the latest scandals and scoops will be used. Part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival.

https://www.facebook.com/HeadlinesComedy

WEDS 12TH – 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

WEDS 19TH – 1000 TRADES

Midlands Improv Night: A night of local groups taking to the stage in a smorgasbord of improvised comedy. Headlined by Breakfast Of Champions, pushing the boundaries by linking thematically across a range of scenes.

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

TUES 25TH – ACTRESS & BISHOP

Trigger Warning:  4 professional stand-up comedians will face off in a series of rounds where they have to make jokes based on audience suggestions. No prepared material, all improvised. They can’t possibly know what you are going to suggest and no topic is off limits.

https://triggerwarningshow.eventbrite.co.uk

WEDS 26TH – GUILD OF STUDENTS

Improvabunga:  Returning from a 17th annual run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Watch This Improv Troupe are BACK in Birmingham with their totally improvised movie extravaganza! Featuring live musical accompaniment and four audience buzzers used to control the performers, join us for Improvabunga: the Improvised Movie Adventure – Halloween edition

https://www.facebook.com/WatchThisUoB

WEDS 26TH – 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/

SUN 30TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Spontaneous Potter:  Grab your wands, don your house robes, and apparate yourselves to the Glee Club! A very magical improv show awaits, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpontaneousPlayers

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NOTTINGHAM 

SAT 1ST – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Saturday Mic Live:  Katy and Lloydie present… Brand New Musical (with a sprinkling of Sondheim influence). With the help of a skilled musician, you will encounter people you never knew you wanted to get to know. Support from The Spiders From Under The Stairs. Followed by a jam.

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

MON 3RD – 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/

TUES 4TH – THE LORD ROBERTS

Loose Goose:  New improv acts, experimental teams and ridiculous laughs for audiences, held in our comedy basement. You’ll be honking with laughter at the new, weird and hilarious improv acts.

https://www.facebook.com/LooseGooseImprov

WEDS 5TH – THE CANAL HOUSE

Nottingham Comedy Festival Preview Show:  Hosted by the fantastically funny Patrick Monahan the show will feature a selection of some of the best acts performing as part of the Nottingham Comedy Festival including a special set by Scott Bennett, as seen on ‘Live at the Apollo’ and MissImp, Nottingham’s biggest improv troupe.

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

WEDS 5TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Austentatious: Another tale that Jane Austen never quite managed to tell as the all-star cast continue to travel across the Midlands. Join them 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/

THURS 13TH – 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

TUES 18TH – THE LORD ROBERTS

Loose Goose:  Yet more new improv acts, experimental teams and ridiculous laughs for audiences, held in our comedy basement. You’ll be honking with laughter at the new, weird and hilarious improv acts.

https://www.facebook.com/LooseGooseImprov

WEDS 19TH – 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

MON 24TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Spontaneous Potter:  An entirely improvised Harry Potter comedy play, based on an audience suggestion of a fanfiction title. An entirely new Potter adventure is magically improvised on the spot – with live musical accompaniment.

https://www.facebook.com/TheSpontaneousPlayers

TUES 25TH – THE GLEE CLUB

Spontaneous Sherlock:  An award-winning, entirely improvised Sherlock Holmes comedy play based on an audience suggestion of a 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

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LEICESTER

SAT 1ST – CENTURY THEATRE

The Noise Next Door – Double Header: Two shows on the same day. In the afternoon a matineee family-friendly show which is a little bit spooky, a little bit stupid and a whole lot of funny. In the evening a no-holds-barred comedy extravaganza with a perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners, epic stories, and explosive physicality.

https://thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/shows/

WEDS 12TH – UPSTAIRS AT THE WESTERN

Date Night:  See hilarious scenes from history unfold in front of your very eyes with Date Night: An Improvised History of (nearly) Everything. Join Adam & Hannah as they use their “encyclopaedic” knowledge of the past to bring history to life in front of you, entirely made up on the spot.

https://www.facebook.com/DNImprov

FRI 28TH – 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 created in the moment. From the opening number through to the very last note of the finale, everything is being created on the spot. Followed by a jam.

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

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EVERYWHERE ELSE

SAT 1ST – THE LODER HALL, MAIDWELL

The Same Faces: A unique blend of sketches, songs and one-liners, taking suggestions from you to form brilliant comedy sketches live on stage. The team of regular improvisers will be joined by some of the best guest performers in the land.

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

MON 3RD – AVON STUDIO, UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

The Improv Musical: Back from their run at Fringe and ready for our first show on campus. Come along to see our completely improvised, never-before-seen musical on its opening, and closing, night. You choose the setting, characters, song genres and the title, and they create the show.

https://www.facebook.com/theimprovmusical

FRI 7TH – THEATRE SEVERN, SHREWSBURY

The Noise Next Door – Hometown Heroes: The quickest wits in comedy are coming to town with a side-splitting evening of hilarious off-the-cuff songs, scenes and characters. The stars of Tonight at the Palladium (ITV1) will spin comedy gold out of the all things that YOU, the live audience, think are the best, worst and down right weirdest things about your hometown. Maybe a bit of local laughter really can save the day! 

https://thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/shows/

TUES 11TH – TEMPERANCE CAFE, LEAMINGTON SPA

Flopbusters – An Improvised Movie: Based on suggestions from the audience, the Flopbusters cast will create the characters and story in the moment and perform it to the audience in this hilliarious improvised show. Will it be the next Blockbuster or Hollywood’s next flop? You decide.

https://www.facebook.com/LeamingtonSpaImprov

FRI 14TH – BAXTER BARISTAS, COVENTRY

Full Of Beans: Coventry Improv perform 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/

SAT 15TH – ST PETERS BAPTIST CHURCH, WORCESTER

4Front for Funzies Improv Show:  You can expect fun, music, laughter and lots of unscripted silliness as two teams of improvisers face off in a series of comedy improv games. Suitable for the whole family, this ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ style show is sure to be a barrel of laughs – so get your tickets today – and invite a friend!

https://www.facebook.com/4front.theatre

TUES 25TH – THE ALBANY, COVENTRY

The Noise Next Door – Mysterious Mansion Of Mystery: Take a tour of the world’s most bewildering building with comedy heavyweights The Noise Next Door. Who knows what lurks in the curious corridors and bizarre boudoirs of this ancient manor house? You do! What you say goes in this hour of anarchic entertainment that is fun for literally everyone. A little bit spooky, a little bit stupid and a whole lot of funny.

https://thenoisenextdoor.co.uk/shows/

FRI 28TH – 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/

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

facebook.com/midlandsimprov/                                    @MidlandsImprov

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