GIG GUIDE: NOVEMBER 2022

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

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BIRMINGHAM

WEDS 2ND – 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/

WEDS 9TH – 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 16TH – 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 22ND – 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 30TH – 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/

WEDS 30TH – GUILD OF STUDENTS

4-6 Live!:  Birmingham University’s group Watch This perform short-form games, mid-form scenes and tons of improv. Fundraiser for 2023 Edinburgh Fringe show.

https://www.facebook.com/WatchThisUoB

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NOTTINGHAM 

TUES 1ST – 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

SAT 5TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

The Vox Pops:  Each show a different artist, expert or local hero spontaneously tell stories from their lives. The Vox Pops find the nuggets of gold and create a literally unrepeatable sketch show. The truth has never been funnier.

https://www.facebook.com/thevoxpops

SAT 5TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

It’s A Trap – The Improvised Star Wars Show:  Exploring untold stories of the Star Wars universe, packed with Jedi, jokes and jawas. 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

MON 7TH – 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/

WEDS 9TH – THE PLAYWRIGHT

Smash Night:  Come and 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

THURS 10TH – ROBIN HOOD SHERWOOD

The Halls Of Ridiculous:  Join this Yorkshire double act as they push the boundaries of improv, sketch and character creativity to the max with their quick thinking scenes, zany special guests and quirky approach to performance.

https://www.facebook.com/HallsofRidiculous

THURS 10TH – THE MALT CROSS

Monsters Of Improv:  Join MissImp: Improv Comedy Nottingham as we showcase some of the best improv Nottingham has to offer at one of Nottingham’s most historic venues. We’ll be bringing you an evening full of short-form improv teams showing you what our wonderful community have been up to. Expect an evening of totally made-up improvised hilarity.

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

FRI 11TH – NOTTINGHAM PLAYHOUSE

Play It Again/Brand New Musical:  Play It Again are the improvised lounge act – give them your sultry suggestions, they’ll give you beautiful ballads and mesmerising musical pieces. Brand New Musical is Katy and Lloydie (with a sprinkling of Sondheim influence) and a skilled musician – you will encounter people you never knew you wanted to get to know.

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

FRI 11TH – SQUIRE PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE

Impromptu Shakespeare:  With story and verse improvised in the moment, enjoy a riotous new Shakespeare play every time – performed by Impromptu Shakespeare’s whip smart cast. Packed with priceless wit, lyrical smarts, romance, and a dash of double-crossing, this leading ensemble do the Bard proud with a brand new hit every time, inspired by audience suggestions.

https://www.facebook.com/impromptushakes

SAT 12TH – THE MALT CROSS

Unspeakable Acts:  The improv show that starts with a real Hollywood screenplay before diverging wildly into a whole new story. The audience selects the movie you most want to see mutilated and abandoned, and the team – who may never have even heard of it – will spin the tale. Absurd, unfaithful, funny and endlessly inventive, these are the stories we’ll never see on screen.

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

SAT 12TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Rhymes Against Humanity: The Midlands’ hilarious, highly-acclaimed improvised musical. Each show is a one-off piece of musical theatre, created in the moment. You give them a title, they give you a fully improvised musical. From the opening number through to the very last note of the finale, everything is being created on the spot.

https://www.facebook.com/rhymesimprov

SAT 12TH – THE MALT CROSS

LeamProv:  The premier improvised comedy troupe from Leamington Spa create a series of short comedy sketches and games completely off-the-cuff in their witty fast-paced performance. Leamprov have previously brought their show full of classic short-form games to Coventry city of culture and the Brighton Fringe.

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

SAT 12TH – NONSUCH STUDIOS

Singalong Showtime:  Calling all Broadway Buffs and Late-Night Luvvies! An evening of Showtunes and Shenanigans awaits in Nottingham’s very own Speakeasy. Sam Marshall is at the keys, bringing you classics from Lloyd-Webber, Les Mis and more. We provide the lyrics (if you want to pretend you don’t know them already).

https://www.facebook.com/rhymesimprov

SAT 12TH – THE MALT CROSS

Four Far Away:  Aliens! Vampires! Spaceships! Libraries! All this and more as four improvisers craft a fantastical world based on your suggestion. Adventure and intrigue, mystery and magic await as we explore a brand new sci-fi or fantasy landscape.

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

TUES 15TH – 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

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LEICESTER

No shows this month. Sad times.

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EVERYWHERE ELSE

TUES 1ST – TEMPERANCE CAFE, LEAMINGTON SPA

The Elephant In The Room: Leamprov, the premier improvised comedy troupe in Leamington, are proud to bring you a comedy show that’s never been seen before, and will never be seen again. Why? The elephant in the room is that we have no idea what the show will be about! Taking inspiration from audience suggestions, we will create a series of comedy sketches and games completely off-the-cuff.

https://www.facebook.com/LeamingtonSpaImprov

THURS 10TH & FRI 11TH – WORCESTER THEATRES, WORCESTER

An Improvised Murder: With no script and no plot, Foghorn Unscripted and the audience create a classic whodunnit. Who dies horribly? Who is the murderer? What awful secrets are revealed? The audience are the puppet masters and the fate of the characters are in your hands. All served up with a generous helping of jokes so you can enjoy a good old-fashioned night of murder, mystery and mayhem

https://www.facebook.com/foghornunscripted

FRI 11TH – 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/

FRI 25TH – 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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