SHOWS

SHOWS

FESTIVAL ENSEMBLE

 

Directed by Shannon Stott

For decades, The Vancouver Improv Festival has been known for fostering collaboration between individual improvisors in our Festival Ensemble. This year, we’ve brought together six powerhouses of Vancouver improv talent together with two delightfully funny out-of-town performers to create a dynamic festival ensemble. They will be directed by the amazing Shannon Stott of Austin, TX. Best of all, you can see them perform in two brilliant shows during the festival from the comfort of your own living room. Kick back, relax, and watch some world-class improv talent improvise a show unlike anything you’ve ever seen!

Showtimes:
Thursday Oct 1, 7pm Pacific Time
Saturday Oct 3, 7pm Pacific Time
Watch on our Youtube channel here.
More information about our illustrious ensemble here.

FOLK LORDZ

FOLK LORDZ (Ben Gorodetsky & Todd Houseman) bring you an evening of improvised cultural storytelling! Taking inspiration from Indigenous oral tradition, Russian Chekhovian character drama, and a third genre of the audience’s choosing, Folk Lordz craft a spontaneous and hilarious homage to cultural storytelling practice. Based on a suggestion gathered via social media, Ben and Todd will weave together a unique, site-specific improv show for your viewing pleasure.

For this performance, Ben and Todd will meet in Waterloo, Ontario, a place which is situated on the Haldimand Tract, land that was promised to the Haudenosaunee of the Six Nations of the Grand River, and within the territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. 

We would like to acknowledge that both artists have taken appropriate Covid-19 precautions prior to this performance.

Showtime:
Friday October 2, 7pm Pacific Time
Watch on our Youtube channel here.

ABOUT FOLK LORDZ

“Everything about Folk Lordz is pleasing — and I do mean everything. If you pass up this hilarious and hyperkinetic tribute to lore and literature, you’re missing one of the most interesting, compelling and viscerally thrilling pieces of theatre you’ll see this season.” – Mooney on Theatre

Folk Lordz was created by Todd Houseman and Ben Gorodetsky in 2014. The performance and creative duo was born out of a shared love of cultural storytelling traditions, physical comedy, and political grit. Since then, Todd and Ben have toured internationally, created two award-winning improvised plays, wrote, produced and starred in a 15-sketch digital series, facilitated workshops and intercultural exchanges, and produced the three-day storytelling festival Stories on the Hills.

The Folk Lordz live improv show consists of a fusion of folk storytelling, long-form improvisation and physical comedy. Taking inspiration from Indigenous oral tradition and storytelling practice, Russian Chekhovian character drama, and a third genre of the audience’s choosing, Folk Lordz craft a spontaneous and hilarious homage to cultural storytelling practice. This work has won them two cultural diversity in the arts awards from the Edmonton Arts Council, and the show has toured internationally to Philadelphia’s DuoFest, Atlanta’s High Wire Comedy Fest, Austin’s Improvised Play Festival, Vancouver’s Chutzpah! Festival, Toronto’s Bad Dog Theatre Combustion Festival, Montreal Improv Festival, Vancouver International Improv Festival, Edmonton’s LitFest, and Edmonton’s Thousand Faces Festival of Mythic Art.