Festival Schedule

All times are in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).

 

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October 12

Tues

1 Panel

5:00-6:30 PM

PANEL: So, how are we feeling now…?

With Kev Kokoska

As live performance returns hesitantly to our theatres, how are we feeling now? The 23rd Vancouver Improv Festival opens with a dialogue on how the pandemic has affected us as humans and as performers, and what that means for the future of our improv.

October 13

Wed

1 Show

2 Workshops

7:30 PM – CULTURE LAB

SHOW: Queerprov & Brunch

Two powerhouses of Vancouver comedy on one stage! Join us for kickass LGBTQ+ improvisers QUEERPROV & the dynamic and hilarious duo BRUNCH!

6:00 – 8:00 PM

WORKSHOP: Awareness & Improv

With Amber Barton

In this workshop, you’ll learn to connect to your body and create authentic movement choices in your improv.

6:30 – 9:00 PM

WORKSHOP: Zen & Improv

With Jun Imai

Learn to blend Zen with improv to truly be spontaneous in the moment.

October 14

Thur

1 Show

1 Workshop

7:30pm – The Culture Lab

SHOW: Tightrope Theatre

It’s a four-way director-off with Tightrope Theatre where you, the audience, will decide what happens to them and their precious scenes.

6:30 – 9:00 PM

WORKSHOP: Improvised Pop Culture

With Ronald Dario

In this workshop, you’ll learn the ins and outs of dealing with unfamiliar pop culture during improv scenes.

October 15

Fri

3 Shows

1 Workshops

6:30 – 9:00 PM

WORKSHOP: Improv for Sketch Writing 

With Allie Entwistle + Kerri Donaldson

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to transfer those improv skills to writing sketches! Come learn from BRUNCH, two of the best in the business.

7:30 PM – Historic Theatre

SHOW: Improv in Five Dimensions with Mind of a Snail

Award-winning shadow puppetry duo, Mind of a Snail, direct an international ensemble in a smorgasbord of the senses! Using live projection, music and shadow puppets, improvisers from around the globe are beamed into this never-before-attempted technical marvel of an improv show. Experience it in person at the Cultch, or live stream it from the comfort of your home.
One Act – 70 minutes

8:00 PM – CULTURE LAB

SHOW: Bored of Directors & Little Mountain Improv

Cagematch champions Bored of Directors play alongside local heroes Little Mountain Improv!

Note: Big Apartment has been replaced by Bored of Directors.

9:45 PM – Historic Theatre

SHOW: Bloodfeud

It’s more than a feud — it’s a BLOODFEUD, between hilarious stand-up comedians and tenatious improvisers in this hour of unforgettable comedy. Which art form will reign supreme? This show will decide once and for all! Experience it in person at the Cultch or live stream it from the comfort of your home.
One Act – 60 minutes

October 16

Sat

3 Shows

7:30 PM – Historic Theatre

SHOW: Improv in Five Dimensions with Mind of a Snail

Award-winning shadow puppetry duo, Mind of a Snail, direct an international ensemble in a smorgasbord of the senses! Using live projection, music and shadow puppets, improvisers from around the globe are beamed into this never-before-attempted technical marvel of an improv show. Experience it in person at the Cultch, or live stream it from the comfort of your home.
One Act – 70 minutes

8:00 pm – Culture Lab

SHOW: Baby Syrup & Hip.Bang!

Baby Syrup brings your favourite 1pm work meeting to life on stage. Alongside Canadian comedy superstars Hip.Bang!

Two acts – 90 minutes

9:45pm – Historic Theatre

SHOW: Fistful of Kicks

Amazing improvised legends with a healthy dose of stage combat action from this all-Asian group of improvisers will have you on the edge of your seat like nothing else. Experience it in person at the Cultch or live stream it from the comfort of your home.

One act 60 minutes

October 17

Sun

2 Workshops

11am – 1:30pm

WORKSHOP: Hot Under The Collar

With Rhiannon Jenkins

In this workshop, you’ll learn to spice up your improv with a consent-based approach to flrting and sexy sexiness.

2:00PM – 4:30PM

WORKSHOP: Shadowplay for Improvisers

Learn the basics of shadowplay and how to improvise with an overhead projector, found objects, puppets, and more!

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS FOR IN-PERSON SHOWS

As of September 13, by order of the Provincial Health Officer of BC, proof of vacation will be required to access indoor events. Audience members at shows and participants at in-person workshops will be asked to show proof of vaccination. Masks will be worn at all times, with the exception of eating or drinking while seated as an audience member.