Welcome to UBC Improv, the University of British Columbia's home for improvisational comedy and improvisational theatre!
Notably stationed in the Neville Scarfe 100 lecture hall, UBC Improv puts on shows once every two weeks from October to April during UBC's academic year. Care to learn more about us? Well, then click here.
Care to watch some of our filmed sketches and YouTube videos? Well, then click here. Care to hire us for a party, private function, or business gathering? Well, then you absolutely have to click here. Feel free to explore the site and learn about everything UBC Improv has to offer. Lastly, keep yourself up-to-date below with the UBC Improv News section! Huzzah! Enjoy, and keep laughing. For the good of humanity! Keep laughing, you fools! Keep laughing!
Regular Shows in Scarfe 100 at 7PM:
Fall 2017: October 13th - First Show October 27th - Halloween Show November 10th - Lace Up Show November 17th - Show December 1st - Last Show of Semester 1
Winter/Spring 2018 January 12th - First Show of Semester 2 January 26th - Show February 2nd - Show February 16th - Valentine's Day Show March 2nd - Not Improv Show March 30th - Final Show
IMPULSE International Improv Festival: March 14th-17th, 2018
December 1st, 2017- Elf's Santa Claus Reindeer of Die Hard 3: Presents
HO HO HOLY MOLY WASN'T THAT A WILD RIDE OF A CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE!!!
Join us for this Family-Romantic-Action-Adventure-Comedy on Friday Night!
-Tickets $3 at the door, and $4.50 online -Doors open at 6:30, show starts at 7:00
See you merry people there!!!!!!
October 27th, 2017- Halloween SpOoOky Show
Come out to Neville Scarfe on October 27th at 7pm. It's going to be the scariest, most thrilling, exciting, and gut-busting night of laughs. You won't want to miss out because the horrifically funny show is a once in a life time opportunity!
SPOoooKKkYYyyy things that scare me... and how going to the Improv show will help: 1. snakes, they move in a weird way - solution: by going to the improv show dressed as a snake, I'll conquer my fear and I'll LAUGH! 2. Bread, gluten allergy - solution: by going to the improv show it'll distract my craving, it's the yeast it can do... and I'll LAUGH!! 3. Vancouver torrential rainstorms, I'm always a little damp - solution: the improv show can give me warmth from the loving audience and performers with their pure caring souls...AND I'LL LAUGH!!!
ANYWAYYYSSSS, come out and celebrate a SPooOOOkkKKKyyyy night with us:)
April 3rd, 2017- the end
Here we are. Another spin around the sun on this strange, lonely planet. Hurtling through time and space, pointlessly... What is the meaning of it all? Why are we are? Dear gods, WHAT IS THE MEANING OF IT ALL?
Was that depressing enough for you? Do you need a big ol' har-dee-har-har now? The answer is YES.
UBC Improv's VERY LAST SHOW OF THE 2016/2017 SCHOOL YEAR is this Friday, April 7th at 7PM in Scarfe 100! This is your last chance to see the glory of our teams as they are because THEY DIE WITH THIS SCHOOL YEAR. That's right, never again will you see the mysteriously hypnotic combination of Sleepover, Duck Duck Couscous, Doing Our Best and SS Lindenburg all together on stage again.
PEOPLE ARE GRADUATING/GOING ON EXCHANGE, FOLKS! Improvisers who have been busting their funnymakers for LIKE FOUR YEARSISH will be performing for the LAST TIME EVER on Friday! I will cry! Because I am one of the ones leaving! And let me tell you, UBC IMPROV IS THE ABSOLUTE BEE'S KNEES AND I WILL MISS IT DEARLY.
This show is going to be as fiery as the province of British Columbia during a hot August! Maybe even more so! YOU WANT TO COME BECAUSE YOU WANT TO LAUGH AND YOU WANT TO SAY GOODBYE AND YOU NEED ONE LAST HIT TO TIDE YOU OVER FOR THE LONG SUMMER AHEAD!
At the end of February, six plucky improvisers from UBC Improv packed up and headed to Chicago for the NATIONALS of the College Improv Tournament. They met talented improvisers from around North America, devoured copious amounts of deep dish pizza and eventually... PLACED SECOND IN THE WHOLE DARN CONTINENT! That's right, UBC Improv is currently the second best improv team in North America! We're so honored to have been able to improvise with such incredible teams and so grateful for all the love we've received during this experience.
This week ( on March 10th) we have our special annual NOT IMPROV show. Our savvy improvisers will prove they're more than their spontaneity- they can dance, sing, do standup and who the heck knows what else! Find out our SECRET HIDDEN TALENTS that will shake your very being to the core (tbh this show is just as hilarious as our normal shows also there will be sketches don't miss out).
Finally, our IMPULSE FESTIVAL is APPROACHING. Absurdly talented and hilarious teams will be making their way to Vancouver from such exotic locales as BELLINGHAM, EDMONTON, VICTORIA, CALGARY and REGINA to regale you with their (moderately) foreign charms! We have a show every night from March 22nd to 25th, stay tuned for the specific dates each team will be performing! DON'T MISS IT THIS SPECIAL (AND SPECTACULAR) IMPROV EXTRAVAGANZA!
FEBRUARY 1ST, 2017- UPCOMING SHOWS
If you are craving some 'prov on this off week (from our regular shows) then you're in LUCK! We are having a FANCY FUNDRAISER to help raise money for the team we're sending to Chicago for Nationals! They'll be performing along with up-and-coming comedian and UBCI Alumna MADDY KELLY, as well as hilarious Vancouver sketch comedy group WHITE NOISE! Come to the Nest on Friday at 9:30 PM for a SEXY LATE NIGHT CELEBRATION OF COMEDY! We will be selling the GREATEST POPCORN IN VANCOUVER, stolen in the dead of night with the help of a skilled team of raccoons from the Dunbar Movie Theatre! Just kidding, we are legally buying it from them with accepted tender, don't you worry. But know it will be delicious either way, along with a variety of other TASTY goods!
We can only hope you look at the food with as much love as Trang looks at this enormous turkey leg!
Looks good, Trang!
We also have a show on FEBRUARY 10TH! Every one of our sprightly and bushy-eyed teams will be performing at this show! How could you even resist? Also, surprise surprise, we are SELLING FOOD AT THAT SHOW TOO! We will also have another tantalizing MYSTERY BOX. The last box had a ONESIE and a NINTENDO WII in it, alongside other gems. Who knows what will be in this one? RAFFLE TICKETS WILL BE SOLD!
Also look at our spicy new banner! It was done by our in house design whiz kid DIDE SU! (find her hardcore rap soundcloud under the name D DIDDY SU)
These silhouettes are of people who are actually still performing with UBC Improv! Art is a glorious thing!
SEE YOU AT THE SHOWS! <33333
JANUARY 20TH, 2017- HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD
Apparently 2016 was the HOTTEST YEAR ON RECORD! An academically backed study states UBCI WILL KEEP GETTING HOTTER EXPONENTIALLY UNTIL THE EARTH COLLIDES WITH THE SUN!
Also climate change is affecting more people than ever so please recycle- or throw your empty cans and bottles at climate change deniers, we will also accept that.
We want to give a big shout out to the 6 improvisers who represented us at the Northwest Regionals in Seattle last weekend... THEY WON THE REGIONALS AND ARE HEADING TO CHICAGO TO COMPETE IN NATIONALS ON FEBRUARY 25TH!
We're very proud of these buckaroos and can't wait to hear about their adventures in the IMPROV CAPITAL OF THE WORLD!
Also our annual IMPULSE FESTIVAL is coming up in March! We showcase teams from AROUND THE WORLD- we promise interprovincial and international improv is just as exciting as your good ol' local fix! If you're interested in performing at Impulse shoot us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org, and if you want to come watch stay tuned for more info!
November 29th, 2016- semester wrap up
Let's get real- UBC, you have been amazing audience members all semester long. We would be a pale, shivering shadow of ourselves without everyone who comes out each week to support us, you gushy goobers of delightful heart candies. You helped us raise over ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS for Lace Up for Kids at our last show, which is gonna go right to helping children with rare diseases! So, long story short, you rock.
ALL THAT BEING SAID, we have ONE LAST SHOW THIS SEMESTER coming up THIS FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2ND!!!!!!!!
"Wait?" you say, bleary-eyed and looking up from the ominous tomes of the textbooks that are single-handedly ruining your back and making your Aunt Yvonne question your posture at family gatherings. "December 2nd? The last day of classes?"
THAT'S RIGHT, YOUNG ROCK AND ROLLERS! Come celebrate the end of one of the darkest and wettest autumns in Vancouver's history with us! Though we may not be able to bring back those whimsical and sunny days of August, we can bring you DELIGHT ON FRIDAY NIGHT. Stave off the misery of exams FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE and come ogle at whatever we come up with on Friday.
After our end-of-semester #blowout, we will be taking a break over the exam season and holidays and then COMING RITE BACK 4 MORE IN JANUARY so you will only be without improv for a few short weeks!
Exciting things coming up in 2017 include our annual IMPULSE FESTIVAL with talent from ACROSS THE CONTINENT! So stay tuned!
LOOK HOW EXCITED TOM AND JAMES ARE!
YOU ARE ALSO THIS EXCITED!
YOU WILL COME TO THE SHOW ON FRIDAY!
YOU WILL LIKE IT!
ok thanks see you then <3
October 17th, 2016- hella wow
WOW! We are so grateful for the incredible turnout we had at the show on Friday- thank you so much for coming to see us pretend that we were ready for that show! #blessed If you couldn't come or couldn't get in, no worries- WE HAVE MORE SHOWS!
NEXT SHOW IS OCTOBER 28TH- wise and wily observers will note that the show is real close to Halloween so expect some spooky and gruesome sets (or maybe just the terrifying Kieran Davey standing on stage alone ominously for 2 hours- who knows!)
BE THERE OR YOU'RE A ROTTEN PUMPKIN*!
*we love you even if you're a rotten pumpkin <3
We hoped you liked our first Snapchat filter! ^^^ EXPECT MORE
OCTOBER 4TH, 2016- FUN TIMES FOR FUN PEOPLE
THE YEAR IS OFF TO A ROLLICKING START. Thank you to all the insanely people talented who came out to auditions, it was truly an honour to see the incredible amount of interest in the club. If you're already interested in auditioning again next year, get excited- professional talent judge PAULA ABDUL will be joining us to offer sweet and delightful compliments to anyone who walks in the door, pending contract negotiations and budget approval.
Our teams have been set and boy oh boy are they full of SPICY PEEPS ready to SPICE UP YER LIFE! If your life needs some SPICE come to our FIRST SHOW OF THE YEAR on OCTOBER 14TH!
THAT'S OCTOBER 14TH AT 7PM IN SCARFE 100! THERE IS ONLY ONE FIRST SHOW OF THE YEAR AND YOU DON'T WANNA MISS IT! We absolutely guarantee it will be more fun than the empty void your Friday nights have been without UBC Improv! If your Friday nights have been full of wild and exotic adventures then take a break and come to the show that was once described by a custodian as a 'mild fire hazard'. Why, you may ask? Because our audience is HAWT.
This is Scarfe!
This is you laughing uproariously!
This is Russian President Vladdy Poots crying because he's so sad that he won't be able to come to any of our shows! Because he's in Russia! Also we don't want him here anyway!
sept 19th, 2016- club days, auditions and memberships
PARTY PEOPLE! This is your friendly reminder that this week is CLUB DAYS. Come out to our little slice of heaven in the Nest on September 21, 22 and 23 from 11:00-2:00 to buy a membership and SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION, or just chat with us about, like, life, man. Remember- a membership gets you into ALL THE SHOWS EVER THIS YEAR and is a 5 time featured item on Oprah's Favourite Things list- a must have for you and your loved ones!
Wow! If Oprah has one they must be good!
Sept 8th, 2016- come all ye uninitiated: first week(s) info
New to UBC? Been hiding out with Edward Snowden for the past few years? This post is for you! We were delighted to talk to so many of you at Imagine Day (and if you breezed on past us in search of free stuff, we're delighted about that too) and want to see more of you! MUCH MORE, IN FACT!
We have 2 shows next week RIGHT IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD! That's right, UBCI is crawling out from its ancestral home in the wild, wild west of Scarfe 100 to come TO YOU IN RES (courtesy of the demigods at AMS Firstweek).
SHOWS: September 13th: 7PM at Place Vanier September 15th: 7PM at Gage
Come to one, come to both, they'll be different- cause improv!
Whether you're interested in joining us at UBC Improv or just want to have THE BEST FREAKING TIME OF YOUR LIFE* we promise to do our absolute best to keep you from letting your existential dread set in!
*UBCI is not responsible for any outrageous claims we promise on this website
SECONDLY, Club Days is coming up on September 21st, 22nd and 23rd! We'll be situated in the Nest from 11-2 each day at the most ballin' booth there and potentially ever**.
**See above disclaimer
Come by on any of these days to buy a membership (an absolute STEAL at only $10, which is, as of writing time, only $0.37 American). This membership gets you into ALL of our shows, workshops and events!
The membership also allows you to sign up for a thrifty-nifty audition! Auditions will be held September 27, 28 and 29- stay tuned for more information if you are interested in joining UBC Improv!
So come say hi! We're club of the year! Look at our trophy! Also look at that weird gold thing on top of our trophy's head!
IMPULSE Improv Festival 2016 Apply Now!
IMPULSE 2K16!!! Us at UBC Improv are hosting our annual IMPULSE Improv Festival this March, and we’d love to have you there! We are offering 4 nights of non-stop improvised hilarity, improv workshops with the finest instructors known to man, a chance to network with the most talented improvisors in the country (and the world?), and of course parties galore! If you and/or your group is interested in being part of the best damn thing on the West Coast, email us back with your group name, number of players, whether you will need billeting and a little bit about yourselves, and we’ll send you the festival package, complete with everything you need to know about IMPULSE! When: March 16-19, 2016 Where: Vancouver, British Columbia @ UBC APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 1st Applicants for IMPULSE 2016: TEAMS: If you’re an improv troupe, university team, duo, etc. that would like to perform in the festival, this is for you! FESTIVAL ENSEMBLE: If you’re a hilarious individual wanting to be a part of a collaborative performance group of improvisors, this is for you! If you have any questions, it’s probably going to be in the package! But if you’re psychic and certain it won’t be, please contact us at email@example.com! We just can’t wait. Trang & Brad
Audition Information 2015
Are you interested in joining UBC improv for the upcoming year? Or maybe you just want that sweet sweet membership? Well then this post is FOR YOU! We are going to be set up at clubs day in the NEST September 23-25, 2015 from 10 am - 3 pm! You can come on by and purchase a membership and/or sign up for an audition slot!
AUDITIONS: These will be held the week after clubs week on September 29, 30, October 1 and callbacks on October 2! Auditions will be held in scarfe 100 of the Neville scarfe building in the evening! If you cannot sign up at the booth, please email us and we will get you a time slot!
Stay tuned for tips regarding your auditions!
See you soon!!
2014/2015 Show Dates!
UBC Improv 2014/2015 Performances:
Friday, October 17th
Friday, October 31st
Friday, November 7th (with Western Washington University's Dead Parrots Society!)
Friday, November 21st
Friday, November 28th
Friday, January 16th
Friday, January 30th
Friday, February 13th
Friday, February 27th
Saturday, March 7th (UBCi's Not Improv Show)
Wednesday, March 18th to Saturday, March 21st (Impulse Improv Festival)
Friday, March 27th
All shows go from 7:00pm to 9:00pm in Scarfe 100
Our first show of the 2014/2015 year was a huge success!
We Won An Award
UBC Improv won the UBC AMS' Club of the Year award! Thank you so much to the AMS and to all our fans for making this club so meaningful and fun! We are so grateful for the support and we promise to keep bringing you the laughs at reasonable rates on convenient dates! Thank you!
Here's our latest sketch!
Next year's exec has been chosen! With the year winding down, the democratic process was exercised yet again! Here are next year's UBC Improv executive!
Brad Burega: Co-President Trang Nguyen: Co-President Eric Benedon: Vice President Afrothiti Yannitsos: Promotions Officer Vivian Tang: Promotions Officer Maddy Kelly: Promotions Officer Patrick Gares: Treasurer Jesse Brown: Social Coordinator Secretary: Jake Kelava
Our first sketch of the 2014/2015 UBC Improv season! Enjoy!
Grad School Improv!
Grad School Improv is a collection of current and past UBC improvisers who have been given a WEEKLY spot performing improv comedy at Seven Dining Lounge (53 West Broadway). This will be a hilarious improv show from 8:00pm-10:00pm every Tuesday for only $4! That's less than a grande mocha! Every week you'll see a collection of fun games, scenes, and some bigger long-form pieces. So, on Tuesdays at 8:00, head on down to Seven Dining Lounge (formerly the Kozmik Zoo). Order a beer, grab a meal, and come laugh with us!
Another of our latest sketches from UBC Not Improv!
The 2014 UBCi Impulse Festival!
The annual UBC Improv Impulse Festival is back! Come join us from Wednesday, March 26th to Saturday, March 29th as we host our own international university improv festival! See universities such as UVic, U of Regina, U of Washington, Whitman College, U of Alberta, Western Washington University, U of Winnipeg, our fantastic Festival Ensemble, and 4 teams from UBC Improv!
Every night is in Scarfe 100 at 7pm. Tickets for each night are $3 or free for members.
The First of our Brand New Sketches from UBC Not Improv 2014!
Our Latest Sketch!
Our Remaining Show Dates:
The following are UBC Improv's remaining shows for the 2013/2014 school year:
Friday, February 28th Friday, March 7th Friday, March 21st (UBC "Not Improv") Wednesday, March 26th (First Night of the UBCi Impulse Festival) Thursday, March 27th (Second Night of the UBCi Impulse Festival) Friday, March 28th (Third Night of the UBCi Impulse Festival) Saturday, March 29th (Fourth Night of the UBCi Impulse Festival) Friday, April 4th (Last UBC Improv Show of the 2013/2014 Year)
All shows at 7pm in Scarfe 100. Be sure to like us on Facebook for the most up-to-date show information.
Our Valentine's Day Show!
Come celebrate the love of your soul mate with some fun, love-themed UBC Improv comedy.
Our next show is February 14th at 7:00pm in Scarfe 100. As always, $3 per ticket or free for members.
After competing against the top teams in the country, UBCi took home the silver cup, and made some good friends with our neighbours down south while doing it. The improv we saw was fast paced, high energy, and very, very funny. Canada has shown we can play with the big boys by bringing it back to a good old fashioned story. Thank you for all the support from back home. UBC Improv is grateful as always for a fantastic school, amazing fans, and the best friends at home, and internationally.
"Not Improv" Show
On March 1st, UBC Improv is having its very first "Not Improv" show. Entitled UBC Improv Does "Not Improv," it will be a wonderful night full of live sketches, filmed sketches, stand-up, and more! March 15th 7pm in Scarfe 100.
3 Shows! What?!
UBC Improv Kicks off February with 3 back to back shows! Come on down to Scarfe 100 at 7 O'clock to see some rocking comedy for only $3.
UBC Improv returns with two more shows! This month, we'll push farther than ever before in our quest to explore the final frontier of funny. Both shows are $3 at the door or free for UBC Improv club members.
UBC Improv at The College Improv Tournament in Seattle!
UBC Improv recently travelled south of the border to compete in the Seattle edition of the College Improv Tournament. After winning our preliminary round and placing second in the finals, we will have the chance to be a wild card team sent to the national finals in Chicago! A massive thank you to everyone who watched us live. And if you missed it, our first show is available to watch at the link bellow. We're on at about the hour mark.
UBC Improv recently performed at 10 SPEED, a show run by three former UBC Improv presidents that features seven of Vancouver's best improv groups perform ten-minute sets. It was a blast!
Watch all three brand new UBC Improv improv teams take the stage for the very first time!
- Tuesday, October 25th and Thursday, October 27th. - 7:00pm - Neville Scarfe Building, Room 100 - $3 or free with UBC Improv membership card
A New Cast!
Thanks to everyone who came out to audition for the 2011/12 cast. We were overwhelmed by how many talented and excited improvisors we saw. Alas, there are only so many places on our three teams so some tough decisions had to be made. However, there are lots of opportunities for anyone who is interested in improv to get involved with the club. Stay tuned for information on upcoming shows and workshops!
A New Season! Clubs Days. Auditions. Excitement.
UBC Improv is back after an intense summer of beach-side-sangria-sipin'. We're ready to attack the grey drudgery of life at UBC with our world famous brand of power-packed improv comedy. Campus just got a whole lot more fun.
1. CLUBS DAYS - Find us in the main concourse of the Student Union Building all day Wednesday September 21st, Thursday, September 22nd and Friday, September 23rd. Become a member, learn about the club and sign-up for auditions.
2. AUDITIONS - Try out for own of our three performance teams. No improv experience necessary and they've been called "a blast." Auditions are Monday, September 26th, Tuesday, September 27th and Thursday September 29th. There are two time slots: 5:00-6:00pm and 6:00-7:00pm. This all takes place in Scarfe 100. Call backs are Friday September 30th from 5-7PM in Scarfe 100. Sign up HERE.
We apologize for the recent hiccups with our website. Everything's sorted out now so we hope it will be smooth sailing from here on out. We blame the problems on the following five things:
1. The full moon 2. Teenage hackers with a disdain for authority only topped by their distain for websites about improv 3. Warlocks 4. Fluctuations in Brazil's export economy 5. Not enough exercize
Goodbye 2010/2011 Season
With the end of term comes the end of another fantastic UBC Improv season. We've had some great times this year with all of our shows and workshops, our first ever Beer Garden and our biggest Impulse Festival yet. Thank you to everyone who came out to the shows and workshops during the past year, we really appreciate your support!
UBC Improv goes into semi-hibernation during the summer months but we are generally still available for private events. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
UBC Improv will return with a bang in September 2011!
We recently held our elections to decide the UBC Improv Executive for 2011/2012. They are:
Co-Presidents: Michael DeMaria and Nir Av-Gay Vice President: Jeremy Fitzgerald Promotion Coordinators: Ghazal Azarbad and Noah Goldenberg Treasurer: Elliot Cudmore
Congratulations new executive!
IMPULSE Festival = Success
The 3rd annual Impulse Improv Festival was a huge success!
Thank you to all of the performers, all of our out of town visitors, all of the instructors, our generous sponsor The Instant Shop, improvisation.ca, CiTR's Arts Report, The Ubyssey, Nolan Connor and Place Vanier Residence, all of the hardworking organizers and last but not least to all of the audience members who provided their warm support throughout the festival.