A cool refreshing twist of your favorite improvisers + a new form created on the spot for one show only
A cool refreshing twist of your favorite improvisers + a new form created on the spot for one show only
All of the humor. None of the BS. Cobbler will challenge the very notion of what you call "comedy." These bad boys of improv aren't afraid to get down and dirty in the pursuit of the authentic "yes and" experience.
Swimming Lessons, six best friends and the hosts of Community Pool, dive into the deep end of improv!
Brose Gold goes bold with group games galore.
Straight and Unusual, make your jaw drop the floor.
Peas in a pod like you’ve never seen before.
You’ll laugh so hard your stomach gets sore.
Criterion Collective premieres the newest film added to the Criterion Collection improvised live before your very eyes!
Parker Posey (the improv team) loves our friends, performing, characters, traveling and partying! Thank you to LAIIF for all the great memories these past 6 years. We love you!
Twoprov with the most from coast to coast! These friends come from opposite sides of the Ucb traxxx, but now that Julie lives in LA, they can play together!
Two people who are particularly awkward at social interactions in a group will socially interact in front of a group.
The improvised podcast!
John Velvet was a UCB Harold Team that experimented with the form, doing Macro-Harolds, Harolds without an opening, etc. and were loved by (almost) everyone. Come watch these friends perform together again. It's going to be great!
Hey look, it’s a bunch of people who helped make the LA Indie Improv Festival happen over the years! Come say farewell to LAIIF with them, won’t you?
Some of improv’s greatest minds, talking about improv, to kick off two days of improv!
Moderated by Jen Krueger
Join Jen Krueger in conversation with industry professionals Lilan Bowden (Andi Mack, Mr. Roosevelt), Heather Anne Campbell (The Midnight Show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Neil Campbell (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Comedy Bang! Bang!), Hillary Anne Matthews (Alex, Inc.; Drunk History), and Carl Tart (Ghosted, Party Over Here).
Poppy is a girl gang that follows the fun and weird (on and off stage).
Spilling our bread pieces all over a pretty flower!
Hat-Trick has been together since 2014 and this will be our 3rd year at the LA Indie Improv Festival! We all met and started back at UCB and went through that entire program together and still get together every week to hang out and do some improv!
We host and produce monthly shows at The Clubhouse in Hollywood since 2016, and we just had a 2 year run of being the only exclusive improv / stand-up comedy show at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank with our critically acclaimed "Eat, Drink, Improv!" show!
We have all been friends a long time and we share that on stage and with the audience because we're always having an amazing time and bring that energy to every show we do!
Moon Boy is a group of six women that exclusively performs monoscenes, focusing on narrative structure and playing emotionally honest characters.
Come see these old friends catch up over a slice of sweet, SWEET ZA DUDE!
Everyone in the theater does a show made entirely of group games, whether they want to or not!
Pitch, Please! creates a fully improvised, a cappella, one-act musical out of thin air. Armed with a single suggestion from the audience, Pitch, Please! delves into scenes, songs, dance breaks, heart breaks and character breaks all without the help of a piano. When it comes time to sing, the improvisers on stage create all the accompaniment they need with their own vocal cords, laying down bass lines, melodies, harmonies, ooo’s, ahhhhhh’s, and beats on the spot. If you liked Pitch Perfect, you’ll love Pitch, Please! If you hated Pitch Perfect, your opinion is wrong.
We do a fun high energy deconstruction set. We really pride ourselves on being able to play loose with quick tags and being able to play slower, more grounded scenes.
Wayside Supermax performs dramatic, emotionally charged monoscenes based on a suggested location. These powerful scenes leave audiences breath taken and very inspired. So many people come up to them and say, "that was the most heartfelt performance I've ever seen" and Wayside is always like, "I do it for the arts".
Coyote is a hot, young improv team coached by UCB Harold team PONY’s very own Matt Apodaca. Yes, they’ll perform an improv form called The Slacker. Yes, they’ll bring an unparalleled firestorm of energy and excitement the likes of which you’ve never seen. Yes, you’ll bust your friggin’ butts watching them play make-believe. Yes, they are in fact one singular coyote. HOWEVER, most importantly, this is your chance to be part of the exclusive group that gets to see these future stars in an intimate setting before you’ll have to pay beaucoup bucks just to be on the same block as Coyote. Come for the make-em-ups, stay for the HA-HA’s.
We do improv off of one star experiences.
From the people who brought you, "It's OK to be seven and sad…" and "I knew a girl who took a desk to the prom" comes a show that we can't predict because well, it hasn't happened yet. But with bisque dealers, confident lepers and a full knowledge of LA zoning laws, it's sure to be…a way to pass the time.
We started out performing as two best friends but we could never get through warm ups or a whole scene without the baby joining in. So we asked her to join our team and after finishing her Cheerios she squealed with delight!
You may be wondering who are the two best friends and who is the baby? Well, it depends on the day honestly. So come out to see our show and find out which one of us missed our nap today. Either way it will be fun, funny and the cutest darned set you’ll see all weekend!
(Note to Festival Producers: Please schedule our show before my bedtime because I get very cranky if I don’t get my beauty sleep. Donna)
Rainbow Bright Comedy, is a Queer POC Improv Team who performs monthly shows throughout Los Angeles. Our motto is "Making a Brighter, More Colorful World, Through Laughter". We start our show by asking the audience for a one-word suggestion, and serve the fiercest improv set until the crowd screams "Yasss Qween"!
Join us as we step into The Grand Marquis! In this original form, we open by building a brand new location, and we play every scene in this world.
Carol’s Poolhouse has been playing the indie scene and hosting their own improv show together for over 4 years. Along the way they’ve formed lasting friendships and consider each other family. Currently, they perform an energy-ramping, game-focused Slacker and their strong friendships make for a tight dynamic with an ability to get real silly!!
The Agenda hosts UCB's monthly diversity showcase "All Skate" at UCB Sunset! No one comes up with better women's names than The Agenda! Isn't that right, Jamantha, Melindy, and Ballenciaga?
Audience members place their names in a bucket and then are randomly chosen to come on up and do scenes with members of the current harold team, The Dragons.
The Sound of Musical “Where Improv Meets Broadwáy!” is a fully improvised musical, never before seen, never to be seen again.
Based only on a suggestion from the audience, a sensational accompanist will lead these ragtag young guns through a mesmerizing, tantalizing, one-of-a-kind show. The playbills are alive… with THE SOUND OF MUSICAL!
Kaboombox is a musical & rap improv team performing scenes, songs and hip hop numbers made up before your very eyes (& ears!) – with the help of a live accompanist. Check them out if you want to get YOUR ACTUAL SOCKS BLOWN OFF!!!
This Asian AF mash up team of Harold and Mess Hall team members consists of approximately 80% of the South Asian improv community of Los Angeles. Hopefully, that percentage will steadily decrease over the next few years. Until then, we are here to represent. But don’t ask us to dance, that might be racist.
From the folks that bring you "Masters of Cinema!" each month in the UCB Inner Sanctum, comes Seminal, a movie-inspired improv team!
We’re New York’s premier pile of garbage and we’ll create a weird and wonderful world for you (and probably be a dance number, ooh baby we like to move). An organic improv feast from lovable weirdos.
Grandma has been performing fast, high energy shows since 2013. We're all best friends and you're guaranteed to enjoy what you see. GUARANTEED.
Harvey Milk Mustache is an improv group with gay tendencies. Join us on a frothy frolic in comic fabulousness.
We formed out of Julie Brister's monoscene class! We've performed at LAIIF previously and would love to perform again this year. We recently went to DCM and performed for the second time as well.
Drew DiFonzo Marks & An Audience Member Who Has Never Done Improv do a 2 man show.
We wear matching jump suits.
And we open with a hot spot opening, and then montage it up – FIRE.
Big Grande is Dan Lippert, Jon Mackey, Ryan Rosenberg, and Drew Tarver.
Gettin’ wild. No remorse.
LA’s only(?) puppet improv team! Puppet’s Amok is an indie improv team of puppeteers. Puppet’s Amok members have trained at various schools such as The Second City, Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and The Groundlings and they were all personally trained in puppeteering by a Jim Henson schooled puppeteer (Amie DelleValle Enriquez). Come laugh with us and our puppets!
KNIFESTAB! will be performing The Shut Up Men Show, in which all members of the team who identify as cis male are not permitted to speak for the entire set!
Women who find joy in each other do improv inspired by what brings YOU joy
Candy Shoppe is a team of six friends. And these six friends do a monoscene. Candy Shoppe always has a lot of fun, so come watch six friends have a lot of fun! You’ll have fun too, and maybe we’ll all end up friends!
We get a song you would hear playing while shopping at Ann Taylor's Loft and let the magic montage unfold from there.
This ALL lady musical team is going to sing and dance our little hearts out to some made-up songs.
PRIVATE STREET is honored to have been a part of the LA Indie Improv Festival from its first year! After a crushing defeat in the UCBTLA Cagematch and an earth-shattering set at DCM, they return to remind Los Angeles just how far you can push the definition of "textbook improv" before it shatters.
Historically Straight is possibly the only all queer female team in Los Angeles. They perform a monoscene based on a one word suggestion from the audience.
Gefilte Phish has hosted Side Coach at the UCB Inner Sanctum for over three years. Don't miss this opportunity to see them WITHOUT a coach on stage to keep them from making sketchy decisions!
Puddy, the host of long-time indie show Shapeshift Improv, gets a suggestion of an improv form name which has never been done before and discovers the form within the set.
NOW! 165 is a musical improv team named after those classic compilation albums we all know and love. Based on an audience suggestion for a Disney movie that was never made, we take you on an improvised musical journey. Dance breaks, romantic ballads, strange twists and dark turns…and gee, a kick line or two. It’s a night at the theatre that is sure to amaze and delight!
“New Show, Who Dis?” is a show that celebrates how a song can inspires us. Hosted by 808 Hip-Hop Improv, every show we invite a guest team to express how an audience selected Hip-Hop song inspires them in an improv set and then 808 will perform what we are calling “The Hip-Hop Armando,” where an audience member will tell 808 how a song has influenced him/her and 808 team members will perform a Hip-Hop Musical improv set inspired by the interview.
Daisy performs an entirely made up musical on the spot based off a one word suggestion.
This is not your run-of-the-mill improv team! Rita Repulsa is a team comprised of the best gay-identified performers at UCB where they perform fast, loose and fabulously! Get ready to watch an unforgettable show, guaranteed!
Members of UCB's Bangarang!, JV, Last Day of School, and Outside Dog come together to celebrate their friendship by doing what they love to do; perform improv comedy to the best of their ability.
An all-lady team of high energy character players performing the Pretty Flower.
We are Aaron's Party and we refuse to leave our Tamagotchi's at home! Our show is a Millennium themed house party so make sure you've styled your hair with LA Looks and you've dusted off that Von Dutch trucker hat. We've got the party of the century to attend!
One Woman Improv. Multiple characters, multiple games all weaved together from one brain.
VOLTRON is a combination of legendary Asian American improvisors from the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. The team can be seen performing every month at the hit comedy show "Asian AF". VOLTRON is Lilan Bowden, Sarah Claspell, Kim Cooper, Eugene Cordero, Rene Gube, Zac Oyama, Dhruv Uday Singh, and Kathy Yamamoto.
Nihongo Dake and Julie Brister combine for a special set that is simultaneously 4/5 in Japanese and 1/5 in English.