Miami Improv Festival now accepting submissions

David Christopher with the Miami Improv Festival let me know that their submissions are now open so I’m passing it along: The 2015 Miami Improv Festival presented by Just The Funny is now accepting submissions from improv and sketch acts for consideration for MIF 2015! MIF 2015 Includes: 2 Performance Slots per Group (with a 10% split of the door)* Dinner… Read more →

Jeromy Barber

Jeromy Barber – Co-Producer

Producer/Director Jeromy Barber is passionate about growing and showcasing talent in Houston. He was born in Pasadena and calls Houston home. Jeromy found a love of performing early – piano, singing, french horn, musicals.  While obtaining his degree in Music Education, he furthered his performing and producing experience in Baylor Showtime!, Sing Alliance (Founder), All University Sing, Phi Mu Alpha… Read more →

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A MATCH for Houston

For this blog post I want to deviate a bit from the Improv theme and talk about what I think is the most exciting development in the Houston arts scene since I moved here in 1996:  the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH).  This facility is an arts complex designed specifically for mid-sized and emerging arts organizations in Houston… Read more →

The Comedy Collective

September Shows

Labor day has past, school’s back in session and the Houston traffic is burgeoning. September is here, ladies and lads, and there is no better way to celebrate than a night or two of improv comedy. Here’s what’s going on in the Houston Improv Scene this month. Beta Theater Beta’s Standup Comedy bracket continues this month at MKT Bar on… Read more →

Robin Williams

An ode to Robin Williams

Robin – I miss you already:  your brilliance, your vivacity, your smile.  I remember the character, Mork, from my childhood.  I remember laughing at the weird character with the suspenders.  I didn’t think much more of it at the time. I’ve been a big improv fan since the late 80s.  I loved Whose Line is it Anyway all through the… Read more →

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2014: the year of Houston Theater Transitions

This morning in my inbox was the announcement that CSz Houston is checking in to the Holiday Inn.  Yep – the old location is being sold, so they are moving to a new location.  Their last performance at 901 Town & Country Boulevard will be August 30, and while they prepare their new digs (which they are maddeningly secretive about)… Read more →

Intimate Elevator Graduation Show

An Intimate Elevator Graduates Station

I’m the first to admit I’m not a fan of class recital shows.  They tend to pack the house as students invite all their friends and relations, but the quality of the performances is low.  It’s to be expected – these are improvisers who are just learning the ropes. That in mind, I was was pleasantly surprised this Saturday night… Read more →

Kevin McDonald

Bummed about missing Kevin McDonald

I was up in Chicago last weekend geeking out in Improv Mecca when CSz Houston left me a voice message saying that Kevin McDonald’s workshop this weekend in Houston (July 26) had been canceled.  Initially I was relieved to have my money back.  With all the great craft brews in Chicago, I was drinking through money like it was water.… Read more →

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The Art of Slow Comedy Intensive

If you aren’t a follower of the Improv Nerd podcast, I highly recommend it.  Jimmy Carrane has been improvising since God was a boy, and his podcast is always interesting and insightful. Sunday morning I woke up and caught the 9:30am train into the city, hoping to get a spot in Jimmy Carrane’s Art of Slow Comedy Intensive.  I tried to… Read more →

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HIF – Chicago Closing out iO on Clark

Last night after seeing some shows and having a few beers at Chemically Imbalanced Comedy, I went to the iO closing party. The Blake Shelton concert had ended, but North Clark was still buzzing like a bees nest in July. The line to get in was stretched south all the way down the block. I ran into Chris Fair of… Read more →