Performers

Groups

Abandoman

Abandoman

Award-winning Hip-Hop Musical Improviser Abandoman, fresh from his UK and Ireland Pirate Radio tour, will be headlining the festival launch event on 7 February. Abandoman will be bringing his “Wildly funny and technically incredible” ★★★★★ The Age (AU) show to entertain Edinburgh audiences.

Absolute Improv!

Absolute Improv!

Edinburgh based improv comedy theatre company TBC Improv present their 5-star, 5-time Official Edinburgh Fringe Sell-out show: Absolute Improv!. Featuring improvised comedy characters, stories, sketches, music, songs, dance and more, the show has a little bit of everything and a little bit of something for everyone of all ages.

Absolute Improv! utilises the short-form style of improv - taking inspiration from audience suggestions throughout the show - while infusing long-form practices focusing on character, relationship, game, emotion, story-telling and more to create deep and engaging scenes. Direct audience interaction throughout the show makes each performance both unique every time and truly belonging to everyone in the room.

★★★★★ (Cream of the Fringe, Prague.tv). ★★★★ (ThreeWeeks, BroadwayBaby.com, FringeReview.co.uk, Latest7 Magazine)

Beings

Beings

Susan Harrison (Showstopper! The Improvised Musical) and Andrew Gentilli (Music Box) join forces to create weird and wonderful characters and scenes. Inspired by your suggestions.

Carter & Murray

Carter & Murray

Chad Carter and John Murray are two of the best improvisers in the world coming to from the US. Their credits include Broad City, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, 30 Rock, and The Detour. This hilarious unscripted duo will have you in tears by the end of the night.

Classic Andy Improv

Classic Andy Improv

Classic Andy is a versatile long-form improv group based in London. From shows inspired by the quirkiness of people you know to stories based in secret and unusual places, the varied backgrounds of Classic Andy's members helps to produce characters and scenarios that can be deeply funny, moving and any number of emotions in between.

Couch

Couch

Couch are a long-form improv team from Glasgow. They are the house team for Glasgow Harold Night, Improv F*cktown, and Improv Cage Match. Their members have trained and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and Second City, and have performed at festivals such as the Del Close Marathon in New York and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They are going to do a Harold and need a suggestion to get started.

Dangerfield

Dangerfield

Dangerfield is an all-female long form improv team from Boston that’s performed all over the USA - at fests such as the Providence Improv Festival, Boston Comedy Arts Festival, Women in Comedy Festival, District Improv Fest, the Del Close Marathon, and more! We love doing comedy, traveling, and essential oils.

Dr. Bunhead’s Improvised Explosions

Dr. Bunhead’s Improvised Explosions

Dr. Bunhead’s Improvised Explosions: Internationally-renowned TV science presenter Dr Bunhead (Brainiac, Blue Peter, Guinness World Record Holder) joins forces with two of the UK's leading comedy improvisers to provide a rollercoaster of serious science, audience interaction and gratuitous scenes of a spontaneous nature. Bursting with unexpected consequences, this show is different every time. Expect factual monologues, messy misunderstandings, science demonstrations, audience involvement and much more.

Do Not Adjust Your Stage

Do Not Adjust Your Stage

Do Not Adjust Your Stage (DNAYS) are an award-winning long-form improv comedy company based in London. The emphasis is on fun, fueled by a playful energy and group scenes, with scenes rooted in character and relationships. Their show tonight, Blank Canvas, has performed in sell-out residency at the National Gallery in London since 2017.

★★★★★ (Everything Theatre), ★★★★★ (LondonTheatre1), ★★★★ (ThreeWeeks), ★★★★ (Remote Goat)/ Recommended by TimeOut, Londonist, The Metro, ToDoList, Know London. Stagedoor’s Best Loved Show Award - Vault Festival 2017

Dummy

Dummy

Dummy is a two-person troupe performed by Colleen Doyle and Jason Shotts, starting out at the iO Theater in Chicago. Residing in LA, they perform all over the world from San Francisco to New York, London to Rome, Copenhage, Warsaw and everywhere in between. Dummy proudly won the iO Chicago’s Del Award for “Best Non-Harold Improv Show” in 2013 and 2014 and are one of the best improv duo’s in the world.

"In Dummy, Doyle and Shotts are the perfect complements to each other. They let their scenes build in a really rich way, and they are both really good at playing multiple characters at once…you should definitely go jump out of an airplane with these two. Or maybe just go check out their show." Gapers Block, Comedy Seen:Five Great Comedy Shows of 2012

EIIF Ensemble Team

EIIF Ensemble Team

What happens when 8 strangers that have never met each other come together due to their love of improv? The EIIF Ensemble Team will have performers from around the world bring their unique skills to one troupe. After being coached by Showstopper!’s Susan Harrison, this ragtag bunch will conquer not only the stage… but also our hearts.

Improv Killed My Dog

Improv Killed My Dog

Remember the 80s detective programme Magnum PI? Don't worry, we don't either. Well Gillian has seen it, but the rest of Improv Killed My Dog haven't. But that won't stop us doing an improvised episode of Magnum based on audience suggestions and what we've read on Wikipedia. Fresh from a successful Fringe run you'll marvel as we take you to a time when men sported facial hair, there were tensions with Russia and a celebrity was in the White House. You know...the 1980s! Join us as Magnum, Higgins and err... those other guys crack the case.

Murder of Crows

Murder of Crows

Through the style and genre of Film Noir, Murder of Crows creates a Film Noir-style improvised comedy mystery for the very first and also last time at every performance.

Neil + 1

Neil + 1

Join Neil for this exciting performance featuring Neil and his performer partner, YOU! Featuring Neil and a random audience member, this improvised theatre show takes an alternative view into the life of the audience guest as we go down the rabbit hole into a world filled with drama, comedy and everything in between.

Will you be my +1?

Pumps

Pumps

Born in the fires of the iO West Theater in Hollywood, CA, these four women have taken the stage to induce laughter and frivolity in the hearts of their audience.

Smoky Monkeys

Smoky Monkeys

Smoky Monkeys are an Edinburgh-based improv group, who just had their 3rd year at the Edinburgh Fringe, performing to a full house every night, everything from fast & silly scenes to long-form musicals.

Spontaneous Potter

Spontaneous Potter

An entirely improvised Harry Potter play, based on a suggestion of a fan fiction title. With live musical accompaniment! Brought to you by the comedy improvisers behind the critically acclaimed and award-winning Spontaneous Sherlock. 'Unbeatably clever' ★★★★★ (EdinburghGuide.com). Note: Spontaneous Potter is an unofficial show that is not endorsed by or affiliated with Warner Bros., JK Rowling or her publishers. All rights to the Harry Potter books and associated trademarks are the property of JK Rowling/her publishers. All film/image rights associated with the film series are property of Warner Bros.

The A-Team

The A-Team

A-Team is a strictly narrative musical team. Using either a suggestion of genre and title or a suggestion of a famous or historical figure we build a narrative through song and dance. We've been performing our own show in Los Angeles for almost a year and perform in and around the Los Angeles improv community including at UCB, IO and Second City.

The Clap

The Clap

The Clap are an improv comedy group based in Glasgow, combining the best improv traditions from Scotland, England, California, and wherever Katja's from. Expect a mix of longform and shortform improv (with some guitar music maybe). Combining 'thought-provoking jokes about life' with lots of puerile gags about bottoms. ‘Make sure you catch The Clap this festival season!'

The Clap are: Gracie Fulton, Ruth Henshall, Katja Hrzic, Zach Lax, Adam Sawyers, Katharine Warden

The Cutting Room

The Cutting Room

An improvised comedy journey that could, potentially, go anywhere. Driven by a one-word audience suggestion The Cutting Room can take you where no one has gone before. A unique comedy experience with a different show every time.

The Festival All-Star's Armando Show

The Festival All-Star's Armando Show

For one night only, the best improvisers from this year's festival will join together to make an Improv Supergroup! After hearing a story from a special guest storyteller, this all-star troupe will close out the festival by weaving scenes together right before your very eyes! Featuring performers from the greatest improv teams from around the world. Join us in closing the festival with a BANG!

The Happiest People in the World

The Happiest People in the World

The Happiest People in the World is a London-based twoprov that perform without the safety net of any structure. Their act draws comparisons with the like of Dummy and TJ & Dave since they explore characters in their relationships and emotions. The show unfolds in a magic discovery where touching and hilarious moments naturally emerge.

The Imposters

The Imposters

The Imposters are Shetland’s only comedy group, and the northernmost source of comedy in the UK. Performing regularly throughout the islands of Shetland to packed local crowds, the Imposters provide a unique comedy voice from one of the country’s most remote and unusual areas.

The Improverts

The Improverts

The Improverts are the Edinburgh Fringe Festival’s longest running improvisational comedy troupe, and this year they are celebrating their thirtieth anniversary! Since their conception, they have performed every Friday night at 10.30pm at Edinburgh University’s student-run theatre, Bedlam. All of their players and production team are students at the University of Edinburgh and yet they still rival and even outsell professional companies. They perform every night at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, regularly selling out a ninety person venue and receiving rave reviews. In addition to their usual shows they have performed successfully at The Brainchild Festival, The Stand Glasgow, and annually at The Hen and Chickens Theatre in London, amongst many others. Their esteemed alumni of successful comedians include Maria Bamford, Miles Jupp and Mitch Benn, all of whom began their comedy careers as part of The Improverts.

The Inheritance

The Inheritance

We're a longform team based in Bristol that's been going for a couple of years now. Every 6 months we learn and conquer a new form, we currently perform a Macroscene-Harold with our bespoke (interview-derived) opening and the Monoscene.

"A group of seasoned improv veterans [...] Evident in the acting is the experience of the performers, their confidence and above all trust in each other, creating a hugely effective piece of comedy" - Epigram

Tinderellas

Tinderellas

Edinburgh's first all female improv troupe, Tinderellas give love the comedy kiss of life.

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