© Kumu Kahua Theatre presents Improvaganza as a part of its Dark Nights Series

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2019 PERFORMERS

But of Mind (Juneau, Alaska)

Performing Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 PM

 

But of Mind tells stories reminiscent of classic psychological horror black-and-white television shows such as The Twilight Zone, The Veil, and The Outer Limits.

“I really felt respected, as an audience member.” – Connor McNassar (Bunker 13, Seattle, WA)


The cast for But of Mind will be curated by Alaska State Improv Festival producer Eric Caldwell from this year's performers. Eric Caldwell is the producer of the Alaska State Improv Festival and has been producing, performing, directing, and teaching improvisational theater since 2003. Caldwell has performed at festivals across North America and Europe.

Dicks and Jane’s Kidiotic
(Honolulu, Hawaiʻi)

Performing Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Ride a rainbow to the grooviest street west of Funky Town. Kidiotic is an improvised 70’s kid’s show for adults. Utilizing a strong visual style, fast-moving action, music, and a lot of monsters, Kidiotic recreates the most far-out era in educational programming. It’s guaranteed to be a batch o’ fun!

 

Formed in 2010, Dicks and Jane have performed at venues around town, including performing Kidiotic at Improvaganza! Hawaiʻi Festival of Improv in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Prior to Kidiotic, Dicks and Jane performed other shows including Karma at Laughtrack Theater Company, the Green Room, On the Spot Hawaiʻi’s 10-Year Anniversary Show at The ARTS at Marks Garage, and In Yo Face Improv’s Open Stage Tuesdays at The Venue.

Extra Creature (Honolulu, Hawaiʻi)

Performing Friday, October 4 at 9:30 p.m

Extra Creature is a puppet-based improv show created by veteran improvisers and instructors Matthew Miller and Aaron Pughes. Wearing shadow suits and wielding puppets of their own creation, the duo builds scenes based on an audience suggestion of a film, exploring characters and their relationships.

FlaKe (Los Angeles, California)

Performing Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.

 

A one-woman improvised musical story of the fake life of a fading theatre performer, FLaKe is based on Elaine Strich’s At Liberty and John Leguizamo’s Freak. Shaun Landry sings of the trials and tribulations of a Broadway star based on the life the audience gives her.

 

Shaun Landry has received recognition from numerous newspaper, television, radio, and theater establishments on her work in improvisation.

Free Range Comedy (Kīhei, Hawaiʻi)

Performing Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.

Maui's finest improvisers come back to Improvaganza! Hawaiʻi Festival of Improv to represent the local improv community in Kīhei, Maui. Free Range Comedy thinks outside the fence to bring you short-form that is raw, unfiltered, and a clucking good time.

 

Established in 2015, Free Range Comedy is proud to be Maui's number one choice for comedy improv fun. The group typically performs three shows each month of its signature short form madness across the valley isle, and occasionally appear in the Maui Fringe Theater Festival with scripted material, and won second place in 2016’s Fringe Festival for the show Improvocation.

Improvhi’s Thoroughly Modern Biggie (Honolulu, Hawaiʻi) 

Performing Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Thoroughly Modern Biggie presents a musical montage based on an interview with an audience member or special guest.

 

Founded in 2012 by local actor Kimee Balmilero (best known as Medical Examiner Dr. Noelani Cunha on Hawaii Five-0 and Magnum P.I.), improvhi (or improv hawaii) is a group of young (and not so young) improvisers, comedians, actors, teachers, parents, realtors, surfers, data analysts, creatives, and everyday folks based in Honolulu who like to make people laugh. Improvhi’s mission is to build confidence through comedy. They also enjoy dinner buffets, crab legs, karaoke, opening presents, strong choices and failing brilliantly. Let’s play!

Irrational Fears (San Francisco, CA)

Performing Saturday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Three rational people gather together for a support group to help them conquer their very irrational fear of _____.  Exposure therapy is funnier in threes.  

Irrational Fears is comprised of seasoned improvisors, leaders, and faculty at San Fransisco’s premier improvisational theater and training center, Leela.  Leela’s mission is truthful artistic play and operates with the belief that the more honest and genuine we are, the greater the chance for an empathic exchange with a theatrical community.

 

Jill Eickmann is the artistic director and co-founder of Leela, and executive producer of Femprovisor Fest, San Fransisco’s womxn’s improv fest. Diana Brown is an accomplished improvisor, corporate trainer, stage and voice actor, and serves as Leela’s senior producer and director of community. Steven J. Burnett is Leela’s associate artistic director.  A beloved coach and director, Steven teaches improv and musical improv, and coaches and directs many Leela ensembles and independent groups.  

Just ben (New York, New York)

Performing Friday, October 4 at 9:30 p.m.

Just ben is a one-person totally improvised narrative that can be a cartoon, fairy tale, or dark reality, and is fueled on contrasting characters, turbulent and/or real relationships, and explosive emotions all created on the spot from audience suggestions!

 

Ben Jones was one of the first ever to try a totally improvised solo show and has been acting coaching and teaching for over 25 years. He has performed Just ben across the U.S.A., from the Chicago Improv Festival to Los Angeles, San Diego, Detroit, and several venues in New York.

On the Spot Improv’s Love Is… (Honolulu, Hawaiʻi)

Performing Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 5 at 9:30 p.m.

Love Is… an unscripted romantic comedy where even the players don’t know what will happen! Will Julie and Mark stay together? Will Kainoa find his one true love? Laugh, be merry, and enjoy this unpredictable rom-com roller coaster.

 

On the Spot Improv is Hawaiʻi’s longest-running improvisation group. Established in 2001, they have entertained audiences across the country and in London with original genre-esque shows including their playful 1920s silent-movie show Hush and Kabuki-style show Skrewbuki.

Pint of Life
(Los Angeles, California)  

Performing Saturday, October 5 at 9:30 p.m.

One person. One pint of ice cream. One audience member. One improvised play.

Pint of Life celebrates the aspirations and achievements of a stranger, and seeks to bring us all a little closer together – over a pint of ice cream.

 

“Have you ever seen anything more charming in your whole ding-dang life?” – The Very Charming Jill Bernard

Pint of Life started from an off-handed comment about wanting to eat ice cream on stage, and evolved into a heartwarming format that seeks to satisfy our craving for those sweet and genuine shared moments between strangers. Michael Yichao has performed Pint of Life across the US (and Canada!), and is thrilled to share it with friends and folks in Hawaiʻi.

Role For It 3.5e (Honolulu, Hawaiʻi)

Performing Friday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m.

 

Role For It 3.5e is an adventure! With the audience choosing the name of the module, our party will don gear and arm itself with weapons to take down a bevy of miscreants – whales, dragons, and extremely long lines! Unafraid to be a bit chaotic and sweep any lawfuls under the rug, the adventuring party has accepted coin for a long-form performance and you can be sure they will deliver!

 

Role For It 3.5e began as a student-based initiative at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa but quickly ran away from the confines of the theatre department and became its own thing – a mix of students and alumni alike. The group boasts no other accomplishments other than getting invited back to the festival. Thank you for having us!

Super Mega Art Show
(Seattle, Washington)

Performing Thursday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 5 at 9:30 p.m.

2019 Improvaganza Legacy Award Honorees

If there’s one criticism most people have of performance art, it’s that it’s not pretentious enough. Hanz and Hiemen are here to solve that problem. These two foreign artists make more artistic art in a minute than most artists make in a lifetime.

Art is Truth. Truth is Pain. Pain is Funny.


Super Mega Art Show.

Created by Dartanion London and Graham Downing, SMASH has delighted audiences from coast to same coast. They have performed at the Hawaiʻi Improvaganza! Festival of Improv, Austin Out of Bounds Festival, and were seen yelling at each other on Last Comic Standing.

Tacklebox (Los Angeles, California)

Performing Friday, October 4 at 9:30 p.m.

 

Longform improv comedy duo Josh Tariff and BJ “Honkey” Lange will lure you in with their shenanigans as two friends who share a personal story with each other based on an audience suggestion and create scenes from those stories. After watching Tacklebox, you’re sure to be hooked!


Tacklebox began playing together out of the iO West Theater (Los Angeles) in 2013.