PIF 2016 Performer Overview

This Years Performances Include:

To contact any of the performers please e-mail phoeniximprovfestival@gmail.com


Friday Mainstage Headliner


dummyDummy – Los Angeles

Friday, April 15, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 DUMMY is Colleen Doyle and Jason Shotts doing a two-person improvised show. They started performing together at the iO Theater in Chicago back in 2008. Since then, DUMMY has performed for audiences in London, Rome, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Austin, Houston, Washington DC, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis,… Read more →


Saturday Mainstage Headliner


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Orange Tuxedo – Los Angeles

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 Orange Tuxedo is a two person improv show from a husband and wife team who, collectively, have been doing improv for seven hundred years. In this show, they aim to create grounded relationships, formed by eccentric characters. Craig teaches improvisation at iO West, Carla teaches at The Second City in Hollywood.… Read more →


Saturday Matinee Headliner


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Boxcar – Los Angeles/Salt Lake City

Matinée – Saturday April 16, 2016 5 p.m. Tickets: $10 Boxcar seeks to employ the era of postmodern filmmakers such as Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, and Spike Jonze to break mainstream conventions of storytelling, creating a unique and wonderfully quirky journey in improv.                   Read more →


Friday Mainstage Features


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Jetzo – Los Angeles

Friday, April 15, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 Jetzo is unlike anything you’ll find on the improv scene. Equal parts performance art, clown and improv, Juzo and Chad perform in costume as a father and son from a small fishing village. Every show is their debut in America. They break every rule of improv and heavily involve the audience. They… Read more →

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Euro Trash – San Francisco

Friday, April 15, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 One sunny afternoon, while sipping beer after a workshop at the San Francisco Improv Festival, Asli proposed to Andrea: How about an improv duo of non-native English speakers? Euro Trash was born. Asli doesn’t speak or understand Italian other than Want some spaghetti? Andrea hasn’t added Turkish to his repertoire of languages yet. But… Read more

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Melissa?! – Los Angeles

Friday, April 15, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 The story of Melissa isn’t a story of women nor improv groups. It is a story for everyone who has felt a part of something magical. Coming from all corners of the world, four women (Christina Lopez, Allison Reese, Marianne Smith and Valerie Vasilas) bonded over their love of improv craziness, fart… Read more

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MuChuChu – Phoenix/Los Angeles

Friday, April 15, 2016 at 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 Jacque Arend and Xchel Hernandez Zendejas have shared the stage for many years building an amazing chemistry and trust. They both attended the IO Chicago Summer Intensive in 2005 and returned to Phoenix performing together immediately, by chance. In 2006 the two of them along with four other members formed The… Read more →


Friday Mainstage Local Features


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Mail Order Bride – Phoenix

Friday, April 15, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 Mail Order Bride was the first all-female improvisation group in Phoenix. Started in October of 2006, the Brides found their voice while creating bonds through friendship and life experiences. Mail Order Bride has constantly challenged their creativity, putting together a calendar every year and creating genre show themes such as the White… Read more →

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Judd – Phoenix

Friday, April 15, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 Accompanied by Shane Carey on various musical instruments, Judd takes improvised scenes and forms them into improvised songs. The result is an unscripted musical-theatre performance. Judd came together in 2010 when a group of Phoenix improvisers wanted to add music to their shows. The group has performed at several locations in the… Read more →


Saturday Matinee Features


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Matinée Saturday, April 16, 2016 5 p.m. Tickets: $10 Not Burnt Out Just Unscrewed was created in May 2002 as an outlet for actors, comedians, and performers in the Tucson area.. They to bring together a unique group of people from different backgrounds with different levels of experience to create a well rounded and eclectic performance troupe. Emulating the improv… Read more →

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Apollo 12 – Phoenix

Matinée Saturday, April 16, 2016 5 p.m. Tickets: $10 A founding troupe of The Torch Theatre, Apollo 12 attempts to play to the top of their game as well as the audiences intelligence. Delving deep into literature, mythology and pop culture, Apollo 12 builds up ideas intellectually and then gleefully rips down those ideas bit by bit with a ruthless… Read more →


Saturday Mainstage Features


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Robot Teammate & The Accidental Party – Los Angeles

Saturday, April 16, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 Robot Teammate & The Accidental Party is an LA-based musical comedy troupe programmed to entertain humans. Activated by audience suggestions, the Robots create completely improvised shows featuring polyphonic music, inventive lyrics, and fantastical narratives faster than you can say 01101011011. Since 2012, the Robots have captivated audiences with their spontaneous musical adventures in venues such as Upright Citizens Brigade, Nerdist,… Read more →

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Honey – New York City

Saturday, April 16, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 Honey was an official selection of the 2015 Phoenix Improv Festival, 2015 Charm City Festival, 2015 Miami Improv Festival, 2014 Detroit Improv Festival, 2014 Phoenix Improv Festival, 2014 Chicago Improv Festival, Inaugural 2013 District Improv Festival, 2013 Detroit Improv Festival, 2013 Baltimore Improv Festival, 2013 and 2014 Phoenix Improv Festival, 2012 Detroit… Read more →

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Bush League – Los Angeles

Saturday, April 16, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20   Together since early 2013, Bush League is the longest running house Harold team at iO West in Los Angeles.  The team is made up of players who have studied at all the major theatres in Los Angeles and Chicago.   On the iO main stage, Bush League performs the classic Harold… Read more →

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Adrift – Philadelphia/Various

Saturday, April 16, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 Disaster has struck at sea! A small handful of survivors have made it onto a life raft and find themselves adrift with no land in sight. Taking place over the course of several days at sea, the audience first inspires and then watches as the survivors face what fate holds for them.… Read more →


Saturday Mainstage Local Features


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Galapagos – Phoenix

Saturday, April 16, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 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… Read more →

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Salmon Shane – Phoenix

Saturday, April 16, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 We begin with several short high energy character scenes with high stakes to build a foundation to our show. We then use those scenes to create a show that explores ridiculous situations through strong emotional character point of view. Salmon Shane has been in the Arizona Showcase of the Festival in previous… Read more →


Arizona Showcase Features – Premier Appearances


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WoOT! – Phoenix

Arizona Showcase Thursday, April 14, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 WoOT! (Women of Outrageous Tendencies) was created when founding member Mindy Keeling wanted to explore what it would be like to share the stage with an all women troupe. WoOT! has embraced growing and expanding their characters through big physical choices and going down unpredictable paths. They have regularly held workshops… Read more →

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Spearmint – Phoenix

Arizona Showcase Thursday, April 14, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20   With members from every part of this fresh nation, one audience suggestion brings Spearmint together to create different themes and worlds for the group to explore. Spearmint has been performing together since January 2014 and is a Harold team at the Torch Theatre in Phoenix Arizona. Spearmint has performed… Read more →


Arizona Showcase Return Features


10:10 p.m. The Displacers

The Displacers – Phoenix

Arizona Showcase Thursday, April 14, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 Torch Theatre based troupe The Displacers performs the longform format Harold. They are accompanied by Chad Michael Lawson. Read more →

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Arizona Showcase Thursday, April 14, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 For a Good Time Call is a long-form improv team consisting of three funny ladies. Marisol Chavez is a Torch Theater graduate. Sara Palmer is a Torch Theatre graduate and performs in the weekly Torch Theatre show, Skewed News. Stina Sieg is a Torch Theatre graduate. After forging a crazy… Read more →

9:50 p.m. Light Rail Pirates

Light Rail Pirates – Phoenix

Arizona Showcase Thursday, April 14, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 The Light Rail Pirates (LRP) all formed out of a short form group in 2006 to pursue longform performances. They started their journey with the complex format of The Deconstruction. The work they did early on strengthened them into a force to reckon with. They possess strong skills in character… Read more

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Zombie Gourmet – Phoenix

Arizona Showcase Thursday, April 14, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 Zombie Gourmet dishes up a buffet of brainy bits, relying on flexibility, support, energy and feeding off of each other to shape their show. Zombie Gourmet has an evolving, unique style, with their current show featuring a ‘Three Ring Circus’ opening and organic transitions between scenes. Their longform show is… Read more →

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Newheart – Phoenix

Arizona Showcase Thursday, April 14, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20 From an audience suggestion, Newheart builds scenes with strong characters and points of view — allowing relationships to drive the discovery of concepts and connections throughout each show. From the absurd and playful, to the real and ridiculous, shows often tackle complex themes such as renewal, loss, hope, stagnation, death… Read more →

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JaxN Reed – Phoenix

Arizona Showcase 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, 2016 Tickets: $20 Jacque and Stacey started improvising together in 2005 and continue to work together in ensembles such as Mail Order Bride and Light Rail Pirates. In 2009 they formed JaxN Reed to focus on the amazing stage chemistry they developed during that time. They focus on bringing a great variety of… Read more →

7:20 p.m. Dutchman

Dutchman – Phoenix

Arizona Showcase Thursday, April 14, 2016 7 p.m. Tickets: $20   Mack Duncan and Liz Hutchman began performing together in the musical troupe The Remainders. They began collaborating as Dutchman in 2010. They have played frequently around Phoenix, AZ and have appeared in the Phoenix Improv Festival. Read more →

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