Vancouver is exploding with great improv and comedy. Here are some of our friends and favourites. The names are links!
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!
Instant Theatre has been on the cutting edge of improvisation in Vancouver for the last two decades. They've recently reborn like a Phoenix and are taking the city by storm. They produce high-quality shows in a variety of styles, offer classes for performers at all levels and now have a new home base called The Instant Shop. Check 'em out!
Every year, the best improvisers in the world descend on Vancouver to make magic happen. The festival runs for a week every year sometime in September or October. Without hyperbole, this will be the best improv you will see all year, so make sure you see it.
The final word on improv in Vancouver, The Sunday Service is made up of five of the best improvisers in town: Taz VanRassel, Ryan Beil, Aaron Read, and Caitlin Howden, with musical accompaniment from the incomparable Emmett Hall. They perform their trademark combination of short form games and open long form every Sunday. The show is always a blast and special guests from all around North America pop up on a regular basis. Check them out every Sunday, 9 pm, the Fox Cabaret, $7 entry.
VTSL has been at the center of improv in Vancouver for decades. Check out their many high caliber shows featuring current and former members of UBC Improv and other top Vancouver performers. Visit them in their fancy new venue on Granville Island.
Dead Parrots Society
Founded in 1998, Western Washington University's own DEAD PARROTS SOCIETY is WWU's improv comedy troupe. The Parrots are Western students who perform regularly throughout the year and around the Pacific Northwest. They perform Improvisational Theatre; the fine art of performing hilarious scenes at the drop of a hat. If you enjoy comedy, gut-wrenching storytelling, and the occasional witty banter, then you need to come out to see the Parrots do what they do best!
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Pump Trolley Comedy
A creative collective currently comprised of eight ultra-funny-minds, including no fewer than four former UBC Improv presidents, Pump Trolley is a comedy tsunami. They are focused on providing the very best live sketch show in Western Canada. In addition to their bi-monthly show at the China Cloud Theatre, Pump Trolley has performed at things like the Vancouver International Improv Festival, Olio Festival, Victory Square Block Party and Theatre Under the Gun Fesitval.