Category: HIF 2015

Jessica Brown

Thank you Houston for a great HIF 2015!

This has been such a crazy whirlwind of a weekend. I’m still taking in everything from the Houston Improv Festival. New friendships, new skills, stronger bonds with friends & colleagues, sharing more of ourselves than we ever thought possible… I cried more this weekend than I’ve cried in a long time – and I loved every minute of it. I… Read more →

What you need to know

This year’s festival kicks off tomorrow (April 16, 2015) at 8pm.  Here’s all you need to know: Box Office Online ticket sales will be available until 6 hours before the first show of the night.  The Box Office will open at the theater 45 minutes before each show starts.  Both cash and credit cards will be accepted.  No checks, please.… Read more →

Jimmy Carrane

Art of Slow Comedy close to selling out!

We are almost a week away from the festival and our workshops have been selling very well.  Thanks to all who have made reservations for our great offerings this year.   As of Tuesday night at 10pm we only have 3 slots left for Jimmy Carrane’s “Art of Slow Comedy.”  We are keeping the class size small to give everyone… Read more →

Jim Johnson

Jim Johnson gets paid to teach voice, speech and dialects at the University of Houston. They even gave him tenure, so he must be really good. He works professionally as an actor and a dialect coach, and he is one of the founders of, which has materials that teach over 40 different accents. He travels all over the world… Read more →

Tina Jackson

Tina Jackson has performed improv for the past 14 years. Since moving to Chicago, Jackson has trained at iO Chicago, written and produced an award-winning short film and sitcom pilot, and performed in over 2 dozen improv and sketch festivals. She is the Executive Producer & Artistic Director of Big-Little Comedy, host of The Big-Little Comedy Fest in Cleveland, OH. Read more →

Dan Grimm

Dan Grimm’s philosophy of improv is simple – connect emotionally, be vulnerable and profit. Dan has performed and taught improv in Texas and Chicago for nearly 20 years, starting with Freudian Slip at Texas A & M University and eventually training at iO and the Second City in Chicago. Past credits include Pavlov’s Dogs, The Belmont Transfer, The New Movement,… Read more →

Leraldo Anzaldua

Leraldo Anzaldua is a Houston-based actor, director & fight director. He is a Certified Teacher of Stage Combat with the Society of American Fight Directors. He is currently the Resident Fight Director for Houston Grand Opera. Works include Otello, Carmen, Rigoletto, Aida and the American debut of The Passenger. Other Houston theater company affiliations include Alley Theatre, Stages, Ensemble, Catastrophic.… Read more →

Jimmy Carrane

Jimmy Carrane

Jimmy Carrane has been teaching and performing improv in Chicago for more than 25 years. He is the host of the Improv Nerd podcast and co-author of “Improvising Better: A Guide to the Working Improviser.” He is the former host of Studio 312 on Chicago Public Radio. His class, the Art of Slow Comedy, won the 2012 INNY Award for… Read more →

Spotlight on: The Mockumentalists

The Mocumentalists make all sorts of documentaries: biographies, phenomenal investigations, event coverage, war correspondence, success stories, educational programs, etc. If it is a noun, they can do a show about it. The Mockumentalists have been performing together with each other for over 2 years and continue to fine tune their format. Their format combines aspects of a narrative with other… Read more →