Brisbane Improv Festival
18-21 February, 2021
The Ron Hurley Theatre and Seven Hills Hub
Local comedy institution Big Fork Theatre has launched the inaugural Brisbane Improv Festival, featuring 4 full nights of live shows showcasing the best comedians and improvisers from Brisbane and beyond.
Improvised comedy (improv) is a comedic artform where everything is made up on the spot – think Whose Line Is It Anyway or Thank God You’re Here. Improv kickstarted the careers of many famous comedians like Bill Murray, Will Farrell, Kristen Wiig and Amy Poehler, and no one is better prepared to take the reins of this festival than award-winning Big Fork Theatre, who since 2015 have produced weekly sold out shows and grown to become the biggest improv company in Queensland.
“Producing something like this has been a goal since day one,” says Taylor Edwards, a Director of Big Fork Theatre and organiser of the Brisbane Improv Festival. “2020 was a tough year for everyone, including the arts sector, but people are ready to start moving forward and having a good laugh is part of that process. Also, a festival in early 2021 will give performing arts in Brisbane a much needed boost.”
“The festival’s program is jam packed with a variety of different improv shows. There’s improvised musicals, science fiction, true crime spoofs, and showcases bringing women, queer and multicultural performers to the fore. There’s something for everyone, even a show where parents can do improv with their children. All made up on the spot and all downright hilarious.”
“We’re also running an intro to improv workshop for anyone keen to give improv a go. Come try something new, kick back with a show and have a laugh.”