It’s with great pleasure that the SF Improv Festival announces the following acts are in our lineup for 2013. We once again reach into the international realm, importing a pair of fantastic acts from Toronto, Canada and Paris, France, and continue to select a lineup of amazing acts from around the Bay and around the world. * We have more announcements of acts to come in the next weeks, so check back with us here or on Facebook and Twitter…! * Ace of Hobos • Oakland, Ca Adrian & Adrien • Atlanta, Ga Big City Improv • SF Cherry • [...]
On April 27 The San Francisco Improv Festival was pleased to convene over 100 cast, crew, friends, and fans of pioneering comedy troupe The Committee to celebrate their 50th anniversary. It was an incredible honor to be in a position to throw this party, and it’s pretty intense to find oneself the midst of such an incredible host of talent. Most living members of The Committee were present, and they were joined by luminaries such Senator John Burton, the chair of the California Democratic Party, State Senator Mark Leno, R.G. Davis (founder of the San Francisco Mime Troupe), satirist Will [...]
4/10/13: The Committee is 50 today!
Barbara Bosson, The Committee, San Francisco, circa 1967. * On this date in 1963, the most influential comedy theater to ever emerge out of the Bay Area – The Committee – opened its doors at 622 Broadway in North Beach. Thus began a full decade of widespread cultural influence, with multiple studio albums, appearances on The Tonight Show and The Dick Cavett show, and a feature film. The Committee’s provocative and confrontational style, influenced equally by Chicago’s Second City and the radical politics of the era, set the stage for much of the comedy to follow. To all actors, crew, [...]
11/22/12: Some Thanks & Some Funny
* Hey San Francisco and the greater distributed lovers of comedy around the webiverse – as today is Thanksgiving, it only seems right to say thank you for an excellent 2012 thus far. The SF Improv Festival has had a great year and the Fest was another huge success, thanks to the performers who came and threw down some amazing improvisation, the great crowds we had in at the Eureka Theater, our volunteer staff who made it all happen, and our sponsors who gave us amazing support. So here’s a little treat to watch as you slowly digest your dinners [...]
We’re pleased to see that EndGames is bringing two great teachers from Chicago’s legendary Annoyance Theater out to SF, building on the ‘Annoyance in a Box’ workshop that Susan Messing taught at SFIF 2012. And we’re quite pleased to co-present it with them on October 27th and 28th! Rich and Rebecca Sohn are twenty-year veterans of the Chicago improv scene. They’ve performed with companies such as The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City Touring Company, and iO. They’ll be, brining you 5 different workshops with lessons in character, heightening, emotion and the Annoyance style; three on Saturday, October 27th and two deeper [...]
Unfortunately, HUGE will not be able to perform in the Festival this year (for awesome cool reasons – though they send HUGE apologies.). In their place, we will have a special All-Star Armando Company show, featuring a collection of players from around San Francisco including members of Leela, Radiostar Improv, and former members of Crisis Hopkins. The featured monologist will be Kimberly MacLean from BATS Improv as The Armando.
8/14/12: Dr. God Workshop Schedule Adjustment
* Due to an unavoidable scheduling conflict, Sunday’s 12pm Writing from Improv with Justin Ware will now swap places with Take a Hint with Neil Garguillo, which will move to the noon Sunday slot. Justing Ware’s writing class will now be on Saturday at 12pm. Both classes are at The Alcove Theater. So those of you with Class Passes taking all the Dr. God workshops will just have a shift in the order you take in all 5 fantastic Dr. God Workshops, but those of you planning on just taking one or the other of the Dr. God noon workshops on [...]
Quick update: the Sketch Writing w/Ron West workshop ** LOCATION CHANGED TO THE ALCOVE THEATER (near Union Square)** Ron West, in addition to being the games director for ‘Whose Line is it Anyway?’, has been at the business of sketch writing from The Second City and other stages and most recently as writer & director on the “Second City This Week” television series. Bring your rough draft or completed script for feedback and readings. Ron West will help hammer out the rewrites and get you to the final draft. This workshop will help you to scrutinize your sketch in preparation for [...]
Friday Aug 17, 2012 10:00 PM (with Five Play) Great news for sketch lovers and anti-crustacean activists everywhere: Killing My Lobster has just been added to our Friday night lineup for August 17th alongside East Bay improv powerhouse Five Play!!
The San Francisco Improv Festival is proud to present, in association with San Francisco’s original breeding ground for new performance The Marsh, “Street Stories” – two nights of solo performance from actor and founding member of “The Committee” Larry Hankin. We’re excited to finally have the opportunity to put this show up – Hankin is a living legend in these parts. Larry Hankin’s Street Stories formed the basis of Hankin’s Oscar nominated short Solly’s Diner and was last performed in San Francisco in the 1990′s. Street Stories at The Marsh is a limited engagement. Buy now! Larry Hankin’s Street Stories [...]
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