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STEEL CITY IMPROV FESTIVAL

©2019 by The Steel City Improv Festival

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19

7:00 PM SHOW
FANCY BOYS

PITTSBURGH, PA

The Fancy Boys are here to take your dull old improv and polish it up with some panache and luxury. Come for the high energy, whimsical, and moderately weird comedy, stay so you can finally get some class. The Fancy Boys are a former house team at Steel City Improv Theater consisting of Erin Ross, Ari Valentine-Johnson, Scott Duda, Ryan Nuzzo, Deepu Murty, and Jon David.

SOME KIND OF FELONY

PITTSBURGH, PA

Some Kind of Felony is a new long form group based in Pittsburgh. Coached by Matt Solter, this gang of Felons will stop at nothing to get what they want. (Laughter. They want laughter.)

BRIGHT INVENTION

PHILADELPHIA, PA

Bright Invention explores deep relationships and hilarious characters in its original long form: The Sun and its Planets. Get comfortable as we dig deep into the cosmic question: can people actually change?

8:30 PM SHOW
MY DOG CARL

PITTSBURGH, PA

My Dog Carl is currently one of Unplanned Comedy Theater's house teams comprised of some pretty funny, awesome, and weird people who explore lots of different characters and worlds via a constantly debated long form improv format (it has it's own Reddit page, you guys!) called The Slacker.

SCORNED CHEFS

DETROIT, MI

Scorned Chefs is a long form improv trio that originally formed in Detroit, Michigan, but is now spread across the country  They strive to create playful scenes with heartfelt characters through shared character monologues.  From your single suggestion, Scorned Chefs will proceed to have such a stupid amount of fun that you'll have no choice but to have a blast too (or else)!

STRONG TODDLER

PITTSBURGH, PA

A very strong toddler takes the stage and stares down your emotions. They squeeze their binky so tight that you can hear the fibers scream under the stress. The pacifier shoots back and forth rhythmically, like bench pressing well below your max.

 
 
 
 
 
 

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20

6:00 PM SHOW
SHORT TERM MEMORY

NEW YORK CITY, NY

Think "Whose Line Is It Anyway" but with only two people and no host. It's short form 2prov. They're Short Term Memory. And they're.......what?

ALONE IN A CHURCH

STATE COLLEGE, PA

The four founders of Happy Valley Improv in State College, Pennsylvania started performing together three years ago. In the basement of a church. Alone. Their small town group, Alone in a Church, is character-based, narrative improv. It's narrativey. Charactery, too. Get ready for a new kind of mass.

THE LEGEND OF BAGGER VANCE

NEW YORK CITY, NY

The Legend of Bagger Vance is a New York based improv team that starts on Earth and leaves you wondering where they left you, but still somehow glad you're there. Full of crazy players and even crazier moves, your sides will hurt after seeing their set and that's just as good as going to the gym.

7:30 PM SHOW
GENTLEMAN'S FALCON

CHICAGO, IL

With training from iO, Annoyance, and Second City, the Gentleman’s Falcon formed in the windy city and were regular performers in the Chicago improv scene until it came time for some of them to leave the Mid-nest…Now, scattered across the country in Portland, Pittsburgh, Charleston, and Chicago (and with two of them now being Father Falcons)... They seize any opportunity they can to flock to the same city and take flight. Gentleman’s Falcon specializes in attacking the scene with high energy, physicality, and a penchant for whimsy. Gentleman's Falcon is: James Dugan, Drew Eiden, Mike Kauffman, and Henry Riggs. CAW!

MERCY SANTOS

NEW YORK CITY, NY

Mercy Santos (God's Favorite Improv Team) takes a suggestion from you (our new God) and worships you with an entirely-improvised show.

DEVIL'S DAUGHTER

CHICAGO, IL

Created in January of 2014, Devil's Daughter has consistently performed at iO Chicago as an official Harold Team.  They are the proud winners of "Best New Harold Team" for the 2014 season and are undefeated in the iO Harold Team CageMatch.  The cast consists of a group of seasoned actors and performers who bring their unique voices to the stage to create a Harold piece that is unique, sometimes experimental and highly entertaining.  Devil's Daughter isn't afraid to present a piece that makes you sad, scared or questioning of your very existence.

9:30 PM SHOW
PRESENTED BY: STEEL CITY IMPROV THEATER
THE UNION

PITTSBURGH, PA

The Union is Steel City Improv's teacher team and recently won Best Local Comedy Troupe in the City Paper's 2019 Best Of Poll. The Union is Justin Zell, Kasey Daley, Alyssa Tomasella, Ryan Nuzzo, and Scott Duda.

JAYMES GRETCHKY

CHICAGO, IL

Jaymes Gretchky is a two-person comedy team featuring James Dugan and Gretchen Eng that performs a patient exploration of a relationship in an improvised scene. With a single suggestion, they will create a rich world of relatable characters and circumstances that will entertain, provoke, and captivate the audience. Both James and Gretchen are regular performers and teachers at iO Chicago, and have experience performing all over the world.

HOTEL NOWHERE

PITTSBURGH, PA

Hotel Nowhere is an award winning improv team that weaves comedy, drama, love, family, and continental breakfasts into a show unlike anything else. Originally a house team at the Steel City Improv Theater the team has since performed in festivals throughout the country.

THE RAVING JAYNES

NEW YORK CITY, NY

The Raving Jaynes (Jamie Graham & Amy Larimer) mix dance, improv, and physical theater to tell entirely-improvised stories. Nothing is choreographed! Nothing is scripted! In ‘Mad-Liberation,’ they unfold a unique story inspired by an audience-generated Mad Lib. They've been called the "real deal: sharp, witty, gorgeous, and utterly unique." (Dance Enthusiast).

 
 
 
 
6:00 PM SHOW
THE FEARLESS FOOLS

CLARKSBURG, WV

The Fearless Fools are West Virginia’s premier professional comedy troupe. Specializing in a unique blend of short-form and long-form improv, the Fools frequently fuse their performances with stand-up and original sketch comedy.

HERE ON PURPOSE

PITTSBURGH, PA

Here On Purpose is an independent long form improv team based at Pittsburgh PA’s Steel City Improv Theater, where they have performed since their creation in 2018. When not on stage, HOP members can usually be found in a Mexican restaurant, over there, behind the margarita glasses, the teacup, and the — are those waffle fries? For show dates and more info, check out their website, produced by HOP media wizard Jim Cain.

IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION PLAYERS (IGP)

CAMBRIDGE, MA

The Immediate Gratification Players are Harvard’s premier long form improv troupe. They have performed nationally and internationally in such locales as Sweden, Iceland, and Ohio, and have had the honor of performing alongside celebrities such as Nick Offerman, Keegan Michael Key, and Colin Mochrie. They are also very funny. Yes yes. Very funny.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21

7:30 PM SHOW
PRESENTED BY: NOODLEHEAD
4D THIEVES

NEW YORK CITY, NY

Two improvisors, one location, a whole world full of characters - let 4D Thieves take you on a musical ride that's sure to make you feel again! (And, unlike a 4D movie, we promise that doesn't mean spraying you with water.) Using a single suggestion from the audience, New York-based performers Jennette Cronk and Jacob Horn bring their love of musical improv to you in a show filled with scenes, songs, and maybe even the occasional interpretive dance. Spawned out of the Magnet Theater's musical improv program in 2016, 4D Thieves has performed up and down the East Coast, including stops at the New York Musical Improv Festival, Tampa Bay Improv Festival, and Laugh Index Theater LIT Fest in Washington, DC.

POSTER BOYS

CHICAGO, IL

The Poster Boys are a high energy improv duo from Chicago. Before every show, audience members are invited to fill out suggestion cards and place them into a hat. Before each scene the Poster Boys will pull a suggestion from that hat and perform a scene based on that suggestion. Once that scene is completed they will pull a new suggestion and do a completely different scene.

PEARL

LOS ANGELES, CA

The girls of Pearl perform longform improv with a focus on characters and relationship. With a mix of unique character monologues, a montage of scenes, and unique environment exploration, Pearl is sure to delight with their array of improv stylings!

9:30 PM SHOW
PRESENTED BY: DUOLINGO
GENTLEMAN FROG

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

Though not actually members of the aristocracy, nor truly amphibious, Gentleman Frog combine wit and adaptability. Members Adrian Beattie, Anne Goad, Antony Hall, and Jennifer Ashleigh Lloyd bring contagious wackiness and dynamic whimsy to the stage. Brought together by late-night comedy shows and a love of making people laugh, Gentleman Frog has spent the last three years performing on stages across Toronto. Fresh from the Ottawa Improv Festival, Gentleman Frog are ready to storm the improv festival circuit. Separately, members have already performed in the SheDot Festival, Tiny Deck Festival, Detroit Improv Festival, Vancouver Improv Festival, and Toronto’s own Big City Improv Festival. Together, they want to introduce you to weird characters, take you to even weirder places, and just generally get weird. The Froggies can usually be caught having way too much fun on stage and having a wicked time. NO REGRETS!

MIKE & HIS FRIENDS SAVE THE WORLD

BOSTON, MA

The show begins like most comedy shows and boardroom meetings... with a Powerpoint presentation. A SECRET Powerpoint presentation that only Mike has seen. The audience chooses 2 of Mike's friends to present that Powerpoint presentation. Hilarity ensues.

DEVIL'S DAUGHTER

CHICAGO, IL

Created in January of 2014, Devil's Daughter has consistently performed at iO Chicago as an official Harold Team.  They are the proud winners of "Best New Harold Team" for the 2014 season and are undefeated in the iO Harold Team CageMatch.  The cast consists of a group of seasoned actors and performers who bring their unique voices to the stage to create a Harold piece that is unique, sometimes experimental and highly entertaining.  Devil's Daughter isn't afraid to present a piece that makes you sad, scared or questioning of your very existence.

 
 
 
 

PITTSBURGH, PA

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 22

6:00 PM SHOW
PLUTO'S PETITION

PITTSBURGH, PA

Pluto's Petition is a former house team at Steel City Improv Theater. Their main focus is the restoration of Pluto's planetary status. However, they occasionally perform improv shows. Their shows are filled with quirky characters, navigating life as best they can. When they're not on stage or campaigning on behalf of the ninth planet, they can be found consuming mountains of tacos!

LONG STORY SHORT

Fresh out of Pittsburgh, PA, Long Story Short is an up and coming short form improv comedy team! Long Story Short plays games and makes up scenes off the top of their heads. If you've ever had a desire to get up on stage, you may be one of the lucky ones who gets to play in a few games with them. ​Don't worry LSS has your back and will make you look like a star. ​

THE BUTCH AND THE BI

PITTSBURGH, PA

The Butch and The Bi is a Pittsburgh based Long Form Improv Duo starring Bob (The Butch) Rudenborg and Jon (The Bi) Marek. Come get personal with them as they take a personal anecdote from you (The Audience) and use it to inform scenes.

7:30 PM SHOW
DEEP EYE CONTACT

PITTSBURGH, PA

Deep Eye Contact is a house team based out of Unplanned Comedy Theatre, and each show is brimming with absurd, intimate and loosely tied together scenes that leave you feeling like you just had a vivid fever dream and wish you hadn't woken up from it.

THE DEEP END

PITTSBURGH, PA

The Deep End swims against the current to find fun in unexpected places. We dive deep into characters to bring audiences smart, relatable shows soaked in sincerity with a splash of wit and whimsy. Every performance is a chance to jump feet-first into a new world of strong personalities and watch how they ripple, swirl, and eventually flow together. Immerse yourself in a curious, heartfelt exploration of the great unknown with us!

RICKY ROMANCE

PITTSBURGH, PA

Ricky Romance combines fast-paced hilarity with emotional reality in a long-form improv set that is sure to leave you laughing. Or crying. Or angry.

9:00 PM SHOW
CROCODILE'S DILEMMA

PITTSBURGH, PA

We are on a mission to make the weird seem believable and relatable. Some of the best improvisers from Oregon, Rhode Island, Texas, and Virginia teamed up with some mates from Pittsburgh not just to form The Crocodile's Dilemma but also to pursue a dream. A dream that through long-form improv, a group of incredibly intelligent, extremely good-looking, and wonderfully humble friends could show the world that smart and beautiful people could also be ridiculously funny too. We encourage those who are willing to embrace the weird, to take the path least traveled, and join us in accomplishing this mission.

THE SHADOWS

PITTSBURGH, PA

Take a jigger of Fleetwood Mac, a shot of Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, and add a splash of Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem. You have created The Shadows. The Shadows are an improvisational 3-piece band that produce songs on the spot. Simple suggestions and catchy choruses mixed with some sick beats is what makes every song top the charts. You're guaranteed to be knocked off your ass.

CLASSY AND RELEVANT

PITTSBURGH, PA

Classy & Relevant is an uproariously funny long form improv team from Pittsburgh. They have been performing together for almost 4 Years.