White WomenLos Angeles, CA
White Women is an improv team based in Los Angeles. Formed after meeting at the UCB Black History Month Show in 2013, this team has been featured at theaters all over Los Angeles–including UCB, Second City Hollywood, IO West, House of Blues, and The Clubhouse. White Women are also proud to be 5 time UCB Cagematch Champions.
808 Hip Hop ImprovLos Angeles, CA
808 Hip Hop Improv is a Long Form Hip Hop Musical Improv Team that continues to be a prolific and popular team in the Los Angeles Improv and Musical Improv community for over 7 years with a consistent audience draw at their monthly show, “Da Club” at The Clubhouse and formally “808 House Party” at iO West. 808 has also toured the national and international improv and comedy improv festival circuit.
Apollo 12Phoenix, AZ
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 sense of playfulness.
¿Como Se Dice?Tucson, AZ
¿Como Se Dice? has been performing since 2017 at the Tucson Improv Movement. As far as we know, we are currently the only Spanish-speaking improv show in Southern Arizona and maybe even the whole state. The shows are predominantly in Spanish, but code-switching (Spanglish) is a common occurrence due to our unique geographical location and the origin stories of each of our members. Our format is subject to variation, but it’s always long-form and always played fast and physically.
We are two women, 20 years apart in age, but close in proximity to humor. We find inspiration in the space between the words and languish in the language of strong relationships.
After our performance at the 2017 Red Rocks Improv Festival, iO/Second City instructor and performer Joe Spence said, “What you two do is truly the ART of improv.”
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
Hudson BaeMesa, AZ
Britanee and Emily first became friends as sophomores in high school. They parted ways for four years as they both pursued college as they both began playing in small troupes and pursuing musical avenues. They reunited two years ago and found that they both loved improv, music, and singing together. They have loved building together as Hudson Bae for the last two years, performing at JesterZ, Comedy Off Main St., The Mesa Improv Festival, and as reining Thunderdome champions at ImprovMania and as the Cagematch champions at The Torch Theatre.
Light Rail PiratesPhoenix, AZ
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 work, relationships and high energy play with a strong understanding of the bigger picture. LRP has created forms of their own such as Postal, Abraham Lincoln, Rantonrougue and Swap Meet. They do not hold back on stage and today they have a wonderful mix of skills with a sense of focus. Their shows really deliver a series of belly laughs that will leave you smiling.
Luxury Cruise Singles MixerSan Francisco, CA
Luxury Cruise Singles Mixer delights and challenges audiences with intelligent, authentic improvisational comedy. Grounding our format in relationship-focused scenes, we heighten to explore the absurd, never losing sight of our humanity and vulnerability. We celebrate the power of comedy in subverting traditional narratives, challenging social constructs, and exploring the human condition. Also the occasional fart joke.
Jacque Arend and Xchel Hernandez Zendejas have been performing together since 2005. They joined together as a duo in the summer of 2012 for one last hurrah before parting ways. Born of that was MuChuChu, a force that burns as bright as the north star leading the two of them together throughout the years to present a two person Harold.
PearlLos Angeles, CA
The girls of Pearl perform long form improvisation with focus on character and relationship. In their five years together, they’ve traveled all over California and beyond to participate in festivals or guest appear in improv shows. Amanda and Piper offer workshops several times throughout the year, focusing on different elements of the make-em-ups craft. The girls can be seen performing regularly all over Los Angeles, including on Improv Orphanage and Second City Hollywood’s stages. This fem-tastic foursome is proudly coached by the delightfully talented Celeste Pechous.
Pet CemeteryPhoenix, AZ
Pet Cemetery, a long-form improv troupe from Phoenix, Arizona, uses real-life stories from their audience 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 moments with the audience.
SIDE COACHPhoenix, AZ
Scene partners are side-coached through their scenes, and are obligated to incorporate notes that are often purposely awful. It would be mean-spirited if we weren’t having so much darn fun.
The French ShowPhoenix, AZ
Monique and Jacqueline are from Paris, France, are very much in love with each other and the stage, and have found themselves doing improv for Americans. Come to see them talk to you, see them talk to each other, and see them make love to the art form in the way only French improvisers know how: passionately, with a hint of disdain.
Too CubedPhoenix, AZ
Coming together in 2017, Too Cubed is a Phoenix-based improv ensemble that approaches The Harold with big characters and high energy. The diverse cast provides compelling and interesting viewpoints on life, the universe, and everything while discovering deep connections between themselves, the audience, and the show.
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.