Babies- Babies are one of KC's longest running indie teams. They are known for their fast, and fun style of play, as well as a variety of forms they can do, including their signature Pan Out form, where each new scene is directly connected to the previous one, but it's own scene entirely.
Members: Aron Wallis, Gabi Sa' Teles, Cody Lindenberger, Bobby McCosky, John Adams, Nan Turner, Jill Gillespie
Burnside is a house Harold team that performs at The Improv Shop in St. Louis, Mo. They are committed to the power of groupmind and never abandon a bad idea. Since they formed in late 2014, Burnside has performed at the Chicago Improv Festival, the Detroit Improv Festival, Louisville's Damn Good Improv Festival, STL's Flyover Comedy Festival, STL's Compass Improv Festival, and a birthday party in Kansas City, Mo.
Ever have that nightmare where you are on stage in your underwear? We do that on purpose. Each scene brings a new suggestion and at least on improviser in that scene will have to bend over backwards to justify the removal of a layer of clothing.
Strong commitment, high stakes, big action, and even bigger grins. Crucial Dudes doesn't hesitate to dive headfirst into scenework. As a group, the support shown by its members is endearing and a wonder to watch. Strap in for a wild ride that spills off of the boundaries of the stage and into your psyche. Crucial Dudes has been featured on the stages of iO Chicago, CIC Theater, The Playground Theater, and the 2018 Compass Improv Festival.
DUMMY is Colleen Doyle and Jason Shotts doing a two-person improvised show. They started performing together at the iO Theater in Chicago back in 2008.
Since then, DUMMY has performed for audiences in London, Rome, Copenhagen, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, San Diego, Austin, Houston, Washington DC, Phoenix, Tucson, Cleveland, Detroit, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Atlanta, Traverse City and Gainesville.
DUMMY proudly won the iO Chicago’s Del Award for “Best Non-Harold Improv Show” in 2013 and 2014.
For Better or Worse
Inspired by the notion of "happily ever after," For Better or Worse: An Improvised Wedding & Reception brings their signature form to The Compass Improv Festival. From "I Do" to the last dance, For Better or Worse creates an immersion experience to witness the collision of social "solar systems" among a couple-in-love with engaging, grounded scene work. For Better or Worst's brand of comedy aims to leave audiences charmed and joyful.
Game Day starts with a series of monologues with emotional heart and then spins scenes of unexpected perspectives. We are a team best friends/Improv Shop graduates with expertise ranging from My Little Pony to neuropsychology.
We start with an audience suggestion and do a documentary-narration style group monologue followed by a series of two-person scenes, confessionals, and a string of short scenes that tie everything together in a gladsome package!
Jackson Soup is an improv duo with over 23 years of combined experience. They have opened twice at the Chicago Improv Festival and performed to a soldout show at San Francisco's Sketchfest in January 2018! Pamela loves Michael Jackson and Dave loves soup. Their shows are real, relatable and sometimes include a rifle-toting elderly couple trying to kill a pregnant rat baby mama in their attic. Generally, their performance is a two person short-form montage featuring scenes, monologues, multiple characterss, improv poetry readings and songs. Shows typically begin with a series of relationship-based two-person scenes, evolving into multiple character scenes and callbacks. Shows can last anywhere from 20-60 minutes the night's schedule.
Heraldo is a Spanish improvised comedy show based out of the iO Theater in Chicago which specializes in heightened physical and emotional comedy for all.
Performed by a cast of Spanish-speaking veteran improvisors, Cesar Jaime, Jimmy Gribbin, Orlando Lara, Manuela Mendoza, Claudia Martinez, Rich Alfonso, Jesi Realzola, and Mike Geraghty.
HERALDO: Improv in Spanish, Laughs in English.
No Offense, Randy
No Offense, Randy performs their signature longform, Expacíon, which threads a single location/event through multiple scenes, generating themes that a cavalcade of supporting scenes then expand and explore.
Maggie Talks:Canadian Ice Dancing
Contrary to what she believes Maggie is not Canadian and is an ordinary resident of Saint Louis who basks in the extraordinary lives of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
Maggie will take you on an emotional journey talking about her journey watching two other people’s journey of Olympic Victory, and if she has her way, their love.
Partners In Time
In the lobby before the show, we ask audience members to write time periods, real or imagined, on the backs of Post-it notes. We get suggestions like the "the time when sliced bread was invented" or "when the universe began". We have the audience stick the notes to our Partners In Time board. During the show, Roger and I attempt to create real deep emotional scenes with complicated characters and then halfway through each scene we grab a random time period from the board and try to justify it! We have no idea what time periods we will grab during each scene.
Night Moose invites you to join the fun as the herd mashes long and short form improv elements together to create a funny and unique improvised show that will never be seen again. Ever. So come frolic with Night Moose!
Ratas de Dos Patas
Meet Ratas De Dos Patas! Four fierce teachers who are here to teach you some life lessons with one phrase in Spanish! Using an audience suggestion, these maestras translate the phrase into Spanish and use it to create larger than life scenes that will have you jaja-ing until you cry happy tears!
Rated P is a long form troupe that does narrative shows in the form of a made-up movie. We squeeze a full length feature into about 20 mins. (That's how much time we typically get at OKC Improv. We do a variety of genres (superhero, rom-com, disaster movie, etc). We just pick a genre and run with it.
Rollin' in Riches
From Los Angeles, these two goofballs hit the stage with no plan other than to bring the energy and have a blast! Our philosophy is to react honestly and emotionally and follow the show wherever it goes! And have some laughs along the way!
Rue McClanahan is a three person, long-form improv team from St. Louis. It is comprised of Scott Leeker, Lucy Crouppen, and Scott Weinberg. They also have a podcast called Here We Go Again. Come see them and as always, Thank you for being friend!!
That's No Movie
That's No Movie performs high-energy, fast-paced improvised movies, using just their minds and bodies to create everything you'd see on a movie screen -- the characters, props, sets, special effects, musical soundtracks, camera angles and more. They have studied and perfected dozens of movie and TV genres, including space operas, slasher flicks, Disney Princess animated features, super-hero blockbusters, Hitchcockian thrillers, Lifetime movies, Rankin Bass holiday Claymation specials, Nicholas Sparks tearjerkers and Hanna Barbera teenage detective cartoons. They perform regularly in Kansas City, including at their own monthly show. They also have performed at improv festivals and comicons around the country, including the Del Close Marathon, the Chicago Improv Festival, the Chicago Nerd Comedy Festival, the Kansas City Improv Festival, the Omaha Improv Festival, Planet Comicon, O! Comic Con, Crypticon, TOPCON and the Midwest Gamefest.
The Rev. Flint Chiddle
An Improvised Gospel Revival. This show is a blend of high energy audience work, improvised sermons, musical interludes and deep emotional one on one conversations, with religion as a theme to tie all things together. Recently billed as the show "Hallelujahpalooza," it is show for all religions and none of them, at once. Attached is the only video I have available and it shows the first time I attempted this show format (at the Compass All Nighter 2018). It has since undergone much polish and has been met with much acclaim.
Take a deep dive into the world of Tucker's Bucket: a Harold team that can't stop, won't stop, and won't apologize for bringing off-the-wall character work and inventive quick-witted humor to the stage.
Wisenheimer is an uncensored long form improv comedy troupe hailing from Rock Island, IL, and was formed in 2011. Leslie Mitchell, Jeff De Leon, and Jen Kuhle routinely travel the country performing at comedy festivals. In 2015, the troupe launched Wisenheimer: The Podcast, available on Apple Podcasts.