After Party is a musical comedy ensemble based in Chicago. Showcasing fast and crisp musical comedy, the cast of After Party creates a never-before-seen modern musical world based on a single audience suggestion. The ensemble has been featured at comedy festivals from Seattle to NYC and has taught workshops everywhere from Nashville to Reykjavik, Iceland.
Betse Green and Bill Cernansky are longtime veterans of the Portland improv scene, but they've been married even longer--since 1989. They are both members of Portland ComedySportz. Betse is also an ensemble member of Curious Comedy Theater. Playing as a duo, for the last 12 years with their signature format, The Revolver, B&B focus on what they know best: relationships.
Dream Catchers use the JTS Brown form to take you to a mystical, ephemeral place you can usually only find when sleeping. They hail from the suburbs of Orange County, but pack diverse stories and backgrounds.
A long-form team that presents a more or less historically accurate, one-act play based in a year suggested by the audience. It is an always entertaining, intellectually stimulating, and more or less historically accurate ride.
Franklin Institute is a house team currently performing weekly at The Torch Theatre. Franklin Institute delivers a balanced mix of grounded and imaginative scenes to build a world for the characters and relationships they explore.
Having performed countless forms and styles of shows across North America since 2003, Galapagos's performances are now liquid metal shaped by the suggestion and the group mind. One of the founding groups of The Torch Theatre in Phoenix, they place full commitment, exploring the absurd as a team, and having a blast above all, especially when it involves hijinks like mixing lofty artistic ideals with shameless pop culture tropes. Galapagos is Bill Binder, Jose Gonzalez, and Jon Jarhmarkt, and they love you.
Honey is a group of 6 friends that takes inspiration from each other on and off stage. Our long form presentation is an exercise in love and silliness, two things we love to see more of on stage. An official selection of over 35 festivals in large cities over the past 8 years, they are one of the most well-traveled NYC improv teams.
Chad Damiani takes the stage with a simple goal -- create something so beautiful that it will change long-form improvisation forever. But in order to pull off the impossible, he will need the help of the entire audience.
One man. Four chairs. Unlimited characters. LimboLand is a one man tour-de-force featuring the founder of the NY Musical Improv Festival. T.J. Mannix plays every role in a completely improvised, music-fueled show - mining the humor, passion, and dark side that make us irresistible.
The cast of Matt Damon Improv is comprised of all women of color slaying improv comedy. The group’s mission is to empower marginalized voices after a highly publicized incident on Project Greenlight. Their satirical improv form features a special guest white male (Matt Damon) or female (Lena Dunham) improv comedy veteran who can only speak when repeating things that the women of Matt Damon Improv have already said in the show – forcing the guest to really listen and take a baby step in a woman of color’s shoes.
MAX was an iO West house Harold team (RIP) and the only team that was graduated from Harold night. After moving beyond the Harold, MAX started experimenting with other forms. The result is an unexpected blend of forms and genres by a group of people who really enjoy playing with each other.
Peach Pit is Casey Busher, Jess Matthews, Rocio Mancia, and Stacie Blanke, who met through Leela. Peach Pit is also the gnarled core of one of nature's finest fruits. It contains nonlethal levels of cyanide.
Pet Cemetery uses stories from their lives to inspire high energy shows where each player delights in pushing the envelope, trusting that collectively they will find some way to bring it all together in the end. Or not. Either way, they have fun performing together and sharing funny moments with the audience.
Rat Kween improvises and discovers intricate relationships, environments, and characters through a single continuous scene. Rat Kween was formed during Laugh Riot Improv Festival, a festival at Torch Theatre for Arizona performers who identify as female/non-binary/gender non-conforming. Rat Kween has also performed in the 2019 GhostFest improv marathon at Torch Theatre.
Rolland Lopez teaches and performs improv at the Westside Comedy Theatre.
Rich Baker currently teaches and performs at the Westside Comedy Theatre and Second City Hollywood.
From Los Angeles, these two goofballs hit the stage with no plan other than to bring the energy and have a blast!
VerizonQwest is Marisol Chavez and Jose Gonzalez from The Torch Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona and we do improv at the speed of light! Our goal is to do as many scenes as possible in our shows - someday we will reach 1000! Our show melts together as scenes merge and morph. We play big, physical, fast, furious, and chaotic.