Saturday, October 21

Quick Reference

7:00 PM

  • A Spike Lee Joint (Improv) – Houston Texas
  • No More Words (Improv) – Houston, TX
  • Squash Banana (Improv) – Minneapolis, MN
  • The Space Rhyme Continuum (Improv) – Houston, TX
  • Kismet (Improv) – San Antonio, TX

9:00 PM

  • Magical Lying Hour (Improv) – Houston, TX
  • Baby Knuckle (Improv) – Houston, TX
  • Improv Headliner: 3Peat (Improv Headliner; iO Chicago & Second City) – Chicago, IL

11:00 PM

    • Vik Pandya (Stand-Up) – Chicago, IL
    • Andy Huggins (Stand-Up) – Houston, TX
    • Stand-Up Headliner: Michelle Wolf (Correspondent for The Daily Show) – New York, NY

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Detailed Descriptions

7:00 PM

spike-lee A Spike Lee Joint – Houston, TX
Format: Improv – Longform
A Spike Lee Joint takes on complex social issues that are often difficult to discuss by showing the effects that socially constructed ideas and rules have on individuals. Letters written to the cast by members of marginalized communities inspire scenes featuring grounded characters in high stake relationships (trying to navigate our complex world). Cast: Jon Myles, Amechi Ngwe, Jessica Thompson Falla

nmwNo More Words – Houston, TX
Format: Improv – Longform (Silent)
Inspired by silent movies and the grand soundtracks of modern entertainment, No More Words takes its inspiration from music – creating silent improvised tales using only body language and emotion. Cast: Jessica Brown, Brian Jones

squash-1Squash Banana – Minneapolis, MN
Format: Improv – Longform
Moments. Heartbeats. Human contact is a __________.*Squash Banana* Longform improv inspired by the reality of relationships of all kinds, mess and all. Cast: Breanna Cecile, Jeff Gyllen

space-rhymeThe Space Rhyme Continuum – Houston, TX
Format: Improv – Musical Hip Hop (Short Form)
The Greatest Hiphop Improv Theatre in the history of history—the Space Rhyme Continuum. Combining the arts of freestyle rap and improv comedy, this truly unique act weaves musical sketches in the moment based off of audience suggestions. Come out and try to stump us but BEWARE; we know lots of words that rhyme with “orange”. Cast: Detre Val, James Trotter

kismetKismet – San Antonio, TX
Format: Improv – Longform
Dan Grimm and Tina Jaxling have had an intimate, perpetually-complicated relationship for the past 9 years, and know each other inside and out. Their performance style is bold and completely trusting. Their patient onstage relationships hit on deep emotions and more thoughtful realizations than in scenes in your typical improv show. Cast: Dan Grimm & Tina Jaxling


9:00 PM

mlhMagical Lying Hour – Houston, TX
Format: Scripted + Improv
Magical Lying refuses classification for it fears expectations. Each show three actors perform scenes from real, published plays. They are joined onstage by improvisers who, like the majority of Americans, have no idea what the play is about or who they are. Together the improviser and actor work together to perform the scene without deviating from the script. Cast: Aaron Garrett, Steven M. Saltsman, Ruth Hirsch, Jason McElweenie, Jessica Brown, and Meredith Nudo

babyBaby Knuckle- Houston, TX
Format: Improv – Longform
Together they will form a completely improvised 20-30 minute Harold-esque playground, kicking it off with an organic free form opening and exploring that connected universe with richer than rich characters that you care for and fear, stories you must hear, and laughs your belly craves. Nothing is as pure as a Baby Knuckle. Cast: Ryan Heine, Adam Pecht, Nate Suurmeyer, Chad Minchew, Kelly Harkins


3peat-300x150-1Format: Improv – Longform

The group is comprised of improv/sketch/standup performers and teachers that met whilst performing at The Second City and iO Theater in Chicago, IL. The cast travels coast to coast sharing stories and performing high energy improvised shows. Cast: Nnamdi Ngwe, John Thibodeaux, Chris Redd, Patrick Rowland, Allison Ringhand, Dewayne Perkins


11:00 PM

vikVik Pandya – Chicago, IL
Format: Standup
Experienced. Passionate. Talented. Committed. Conscientious. These are all attributes of a great performer. None apply to Vik Pandya. However as a natural improviser and open mic frequenter, he’s been able to limp his way to some modicum of success much to the chagrin of his haters. He was a 2016 top 10 performer in the Joshua Tree Int’l Improv Comedy Festival, performed at the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival in Austin, and he recently opened for Roy Wood Jr. of The Daily Show. He’s also a co-producer of one of the largest independent comedy shows in Chicago (Laugh Near Minimalist Furniture: A Comedy Variety Show) and founding member of Team Us Comedy.

andyAndy Huggins – Houston, TX
Format: Standup
The oldest member of the Texas Outlaw Comics, Andy Huggins is a veteran comic who came up with the comedic greats of Jimmy Pineapple, Ron Shock, and Bill Hicks. A Houston favorite, Huggins was a graduate of both The Comedy Store in Los Angeles and Houston’s legendary, The Comedy Workshop. Throughout his career, he’s opened for Ray Charles, written for Billy Crystal and The Academy Awards, and developed superstars like Bill Hicks and Jay Leno. He recently appeared in the documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story. He has played clubs, colleges, corporate gigs, biker bars, country clubs, military bases and AA groups.

FESTIVAL HEADLINER: Michelle Wolf – New York, NY
Format: Standup
michelle-200x300-2Michelle Wolf 
is a NY-based writer, actor and standup comedian and one of the fastest rising comedic talents in the city.  She currently works as an on-air contributor and writer for Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Prior to joining The Daily Show, Michelle was a writing supervisor and performer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, where she also made her late night television debut as a comic in July 2014.  Michelle appears regularly on the show in various bits and as the popular reoccurring character she created, “Grown-Up Annie.” She has also made a number of appearances on Comedy Central’s hit late night gameshow @Midnight and appeared on Louis CK’s Horace and Pete.

Most recently, Michelle created and starred in two new digital series, Now Hiring and Used People for Comedy Central.  Used People is currently being developed as a half-hour television series for the network. Michelle also wrote for the 88th Academy Awards hosted by Chris Rock.  She was named to Vulture’s list of “50 Comedians You Should Know in 2015” and one of “The Top 10 Funniest Women in NYC” by TimeOut New York. Michelle was also named one of Complex Magazine’s 50 Funniest Comedians on Twitter (@michelleisawolf) and selected as one of the “New Faces of Comedy” for the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

Michelle headlines comedy clubs and colleges all over the United States and has performed at a number of festivals including the Riot LA Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Moontower, Bonnaroo and the Dublin Comedy Festival.  She just completed an incredibly successful first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a sold out run of her debut hour-long stand-up show Michelle Wolf: So Brave.  The critically acclaimed show, which earned her a nomination for the Best Newcomer Prize from the Edinburgh Comedy Awards, garnered numerous four star reviews from top publications such as the Guardian, Herald and Scotsman.

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