The Improv Festival of Cincinnati Brings Long-Form, Short-Form Comedy and Workshops to Memorial Hall

More than 35 improv comedy troupes from across the United States and Greater Cincinnati are descending on Memorial Hall for three days of long-form and short-form improv

click to enlarge Emily Fightmaster - Photo: Dewayne Perkins
Photo: Dewayne Perkins
Emily Fightmaster

More than 35 improv comedy troupes from across the United States and Greater Cincinnati are descending on Memorial Hall for three days of long-form and short-form improv shows, informative workshops and after parties.

Troupes include headliners GREEN from Chicago, featuring Emily Fightmaster, a Cincinnati native who has toured with The Second City and can be seen onstage a UCB in Los Angeles; Sweater Puppies, an all-female troupe from Atlanta who asks the crowd to bring old items of clothing to donate and to inspire shows; The Local Option, from Missoula, Montana, featuring the founding members of L.A.-based HeyDay; and Broke Gravy from Portland, Oregon, which mixes audience interaction with narrative.

Local troupes including Not My Boyfriend, Highly Improvable and War Candy are also performing.

For those wanting to learn in addition to being entertained, there are plenty of workshops throughout the weekend like “Let’s Get Freaky with Emily Fightmaster,” “Physical Characters with Whitney Millsap” and “Not Always Black and White with Broke Gravy.”

Thursday-Saturday. $15 show; $40 workshop; $100 eight shows. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, ifcincy.com

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