Laugh Local at KCiF:14, September 4-13!  Shows are at the Kick Comedy Theater in Westport our first weekend, Thursday, September 4 - Saturday, September 6!  Shows are at the Off Center Theatre at Crown Center September 12-13!  We are so excited to announce that over half of our troupes are grass fed, homegrown, local troupes that are sourced right here in Kansas City!  Details are in the links to shows on the left, so check them out to find your favorites, including but not limited to the KC Improv Company, Keith Plus One, Disappointing Birthday Party, ComedyCity, Babel Fish and Dog and Friend Dog! 

We can't forget our visiting troupes either, and why the heck would we?  They are AMAZING! 
We are pleased to have performers from New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, and Oklahoma City at KCiF this year, including Rick Andrews from the Magnet Theater, Twinprov, Baby Wants Candy, and returning once again, SUPEREGO WITH PAUL F. TOMPKINS!  


Applications Now Open for 2014

Applications are open for the 2014 KC Improv Festival, scheduled for the second and third weekends in September. This year, all applications will be accepted through the National Improv Network, where in between Buzzfeed articles and updating your eHarmony profile you can check out other improv festivals in the area and upload your application to the only one that matters. Again, click here, search for the Kansas City Improv Festival page and apply. Please note, to ensure fair play there is a non-refundable submission fee of $15. Check back for the blog for festival updates, a new look and more! 

For technologically challenged friends, the url for the National Improv Network is located below.



You could be RIGHT HERE reserving your tickets for the KC Improv Festival, but you're not. You're reading this. Which means you have questions.

How do I know which shows to see? 
Look to the left. There are short descriptions of each troupe, along with links to their websites and video. You really can't lose—we've got the best troupes in KC and headliners appearing by invitation from cities like Chicago and LA.

Is Jason Sudeikis performing this year? 
He always wants to—it's a chance to reunite with his friends from his ComedyCity days. This summer, his schedule has been "in flux," which means he'll make it if he can. If he does, it'll be the second weekend, and we probably won't know until the last minute. Updated 8/31: We just got news from Jason. As he put it, "Lady Showbiz, and her wily ways, have me under her thumb yet again." What's good news for his career is sad news for us: he won't be at KCIF this year.

So is it OK to wait to buy tickets? 
Probably not. We've got amazing headliners the second weekend, including Paul F. Tompkins with SuperEgo and Second City alums Susan Messing and Timothy Edward Mason (a KC native) will take you on "a joyful, uncensored and improvisers romp through hell."

What about the first weekend? 
OMG THE FIRST WEEKEND. Jill Bernard returns with her one-person unscripted musical Drum Machine, which will blow your mind outta your head and your socks offa your feet. And for the first time Kevin Mullaney (who worked at UCB Theater and iO and trained people who work at places like The Daily Show and 30 Rock) is here with Mullaney Chain, where he invites an improviser and she invites an improviser and so on till they have a kick-butt cast.

Can I bring kids? 
We absolutely recommend bringing kids to our benefit for Seriously Playful on Thursday night. As for the rest of the shows, here's the deal: We shoot for PG-13. There will most likely be adult language and adult situations.

Classes? Can I take classes? 
Of course you can. We have all these smart people here to teach you on purpose. Look to the left and click away.

What else? Shoot us an email at festival@kcimprov.com and we'll answer it. 



The ticket office is OPEN for our first two nights of shows! Want to see Jill Bernard's Drum Machine? The Mullaney Chain? And six other troupes, including performers from Chicago and LA? The best seats are open today. Check our schedule (details on the left) and make your reservations.


Under construction...but almost there.

You'll notice the show schedule at the left. We're still filling in a few blanks, but wanted to get you information about the amazing shows we have going on as soon as possible. Tickets will go on sale VERY, VERY SOON, and the final-final-final schedule should be set by the end of this week.



Show and workshop schedules are official. Tickets will go on sale in early-to-mid-August (you can watch our Facebook page for the heads-up), and registration for classes opens Sunday, August 4. Use the links to the left to go straight to the info.



Mark your calendars for September 7 and 14—you're not going to want to miss the chance to work with these incredible instructors.

Back by popular demand with new classes and new tricks...

Jill Bernard (Minneapolis) has been performing with ComedySportz-Twin Cities since 1993, and is a founding member of HUGE Theater in Uptown Minneapolis. Her one-woman improv piece, Drum Machine, has been featured in over forty improv festivals. She has taught and performed improv in Norway, Australia, Canada, Argentina and over thirty-five of the United States; and also on an episode of MTV “Made.” She is one-half of the duo SCRAM with Joe Bill of the Annoyance Theater. An Artistic Associate of the Chicago Improv Festival, she has studied at the Annoyance Theater, Improv Olympic, the Brave New Workshop and other organizations; and is the recipient of the 2005 Chicago Improv Festival Avery Schreiber Ambassador of Improv Award, and the 2007 Miami Improv Festival award for Best Solo Show. She was also the winner, in January 2000, of the Executive Vice President Award for outstanding contribution to Human Resources, the highest award in the American Express Human Resources function. She's also the voice of God, the Holy Ghost, the Virgin Mary and other religious figures in a series of confirmation videos for Sparkhouse.

Susan Messing (Chicago), a NJ native and graduate of Northwestern University's Theatre School, has been an improviser and comedian for over twenty-five years. She is an alumna of Second City's Mainstage, iO Theatre, and a founding member of Chicago's infamous Annoyance Theatre. Susan created and has taught her curriculum at iO and iO West, The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City, and around the country. She is an adjunct instructor for DePaul University, the University of Chicago, and the School at Steppenwolf. Her standup act with her puppet, Jolly, was featured at the HBO/US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, on ComedyCentral's Premium Blend, and NBC's Late Fridays. Her most impressive bit movie role was as a bad stripper in a halo brace in Let's Go to Prison! You can see her fuck around every Thursday night in her critically acclaimed show, Messing with a Friend, now in its seventh year at The Annoyance Theatre. She has been named "Improviser of the Year" by the Chicago Improv Festival, "Best Improviser" by the Chicago Reader, and "Funniest Woman in Chicago" by Chicago Magazine.

Corey Rittmaster (Chicago), originally from Kansas City, is an actor, writer, improvisor and teacher. You may have seen him in various commercials on your TV, including as the Chiefs fan in the NFL Network "Leon Sandcastle" Super Bowl 2013 spot. He has performed with the famed Second City aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines as well as at The Annoyance Theater, Laugh Out Loud, iO, Second City's Donny's Skybox Theater, ComedySportz and The Playground Theater...just to name a few. Additionally he has performed comedy for corporations and colleges across the United States. Along with his wife Monique, he is the "other half" of the comedy duo The Union whose work is featured on marriageisajoke.com.

And new this year...

Nick Armstrong (Los Angeles) is an actor, writer, improviser and director living in Los Angeles, CA. On TV, Nick has been on the Emmy-Award winning shows The Office, Parks and Recreation and Grey’s Anatomy. He has also made regular appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and is currently on AMC’s Story Notes. Recently Nick received a development deal with A&E. Onstage you can catch Nick performing and teaching regularly at the world-famous iO West in Hollywood, CA, with LA’s longest and critically acclaimed house team King Ten and the touring Genre-Improvised Show Kind Strangers. Nick has also trained at the famed Groundlings Theater. He is the founder and Camp Director of Improv Utopia, an annual camp for improvisers, and if that wasn’t enough he is also co-founder of the National Improv Network.

Kevin Mullaney (Chicago) teaches improv and performs in Chicago. He's the Artistic Director of the Chicago Improv Festival and the former Artistic Director of the Upright Citizen's Brigade in New York. He taught for iO in the past and has taught workshops for Second City Chicago, Washington Improv Theatre, Philly Improv Theatre, The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, and The New York Improv Festival. He created the Cage Match, an improv show that has played in many places in many forms. Kevin hosts the Improv Resource Center Podcast, in which he interviews notable improv teachers about the exercises and techniques they use in their classes and rehearsals.

Tom Farnan is a twenty-year veteran of live comedy. In his hometown of Kansas City, MO, he first performed with ComedySportz. He attended acting school at Columbia College in Chicago, where he joined the cast of Chicago ComedySportz, and trained at iO Chicago, The Second City Conservatory, and Annoyance Theater. He has been a cast member of The Second City Las Vegas “Scriptless” at the Flamingo Hotel and currently works in commercials in LA. Recent improv teaching credits include ComedySportz, The Second City, New York Film Academy in Burbank, and Musical Improv at the 2012 Manila Improv Festival.

Workshop signups will begin in August. Watch this space for news!