September 29, 2008

And the winner is...

Congratulations to STD's (Some Technical Difficulties) for winning season 2 of Improv Thunderdome Championships.

September 24, 2008

Improv Thunderdome Season 2 Championships

This Saturday is the Championship round of Improv Thunderdome Season 2.


STD's (Some Technical Difficulties)


and Type O Positive

May the best team win. For more information click on Improv Thunderdome in the groups section.

September 22, 2008

New group: Pretty. Funny.

Pretty. Funny. is made up of 6 hilarious women from Comedy City. They are not necessarily a new group since they have been around for almost a year now. Check out their website or their facebook page for information on upcoming shows.

September 18, 2008

Happy Birthday: Tantrum

What started as just a one trick pony to fill a show date at the Westport Coffeehouse, has now turned into a long form improv group. Congratulations on the one year anniversary Tantrum.

Check out their facebook page here and their blog here.

When is your groups birthday? Email and let us know

September 17, 2008

Time for some collaboration

Last year, the Kansas City Improv Festival spawned many groups, and challenged many local groups to try different formats. We want to know how this years festival changed the face of improv in Kansas City.

If you know of any new groups that we don't have listed here, please let us know about them. Also, if you have any photos, videos, or links that are related to Kansas City Improv, please email them to:

And now, a photo recap of the local weekend:

Loaded Dice

Counter Clockwise Comedy

Roving Imp



Full Frontal Comedy


The Trip Fives

More to come...

September 15, 2008

All good things must come to an end

It was the culmination of many volunteers putting in many hours of work. In return, they got to be a part of a very successful improv festival. Congratulations to the improv community in Kansas City for putting on a great show. We want to give you a very heartfelt thank you.

We now return to regular postings.

September 10, 2008

8: KCiF Local Weekend

First check out this great article about improv in Kansas City...HERE

Then go HERE to buy your tickets to see the best local improvisers in Kansas City.

September 8, 2008

Was there a festival or something?

The National Showcase is hoo. If you missed it, we're sorry, it was amazing. Here are some pictures to make you even more jealous.

Monkey 13 and the Masked Menace
Dan Izzo, Tim McKendrick, Chris DiAngelo, and John Hartman

Brother Love's Travelin' Salvation Show
David Iserson, Dan Walsh, Jeff Drake, and Wendy Molyneux

Jill Bernard's Drum Machine

Der Monkenpickel
Eric Davis, Corey Rittmaster, Jeremy Carter, Jason Sudeikis, and...

Ed Goodman

The after-parties and the workshops were well attended and there were many great photos. But we just have to share a very special one.

Last year we had an after party at Bar Natasha. Some of you may know that this year Bar Natasha is closing in only 2 short weeks. Well, the festival helped send the bar out in style with a lovely duet:

Missy Koonce and Jason Sudeikis singing a lovely duet about Barack Obama

We here in Kansas City were very proud to be a part of such a great show. Thank you to everyone who helped make it so wonderful.

September 4, 2008

New Group: Those People

Not really new, since they started last fall. But, Those People, a long form improv group at Kansas University had auditions last night. Alex Nichols, a current member, had this to say about the auditions:

"Today we had auditions for Those People, which as you may know is the long-form group here at KU. We had a great turnout; about 20 or so came to play for 3 spots. Just about everybody played well and made a good effort. It's going to be really hard for us to pick just three. Much of the process involved me or another member improvising a scene with an auditioner. Here's the kind of weird thing: it was some of the best improv I've ever done. I felt super relaxed, I took chances, I made interesting decisions, I committed to a character and stuck with it... all of the scenes were inventive, and a few of them were downright hilarious. And it was all with people I had never improvised with before! Is this unusual? Do many people have auditions (either as the auditioner or a current member participating in the process) that are so good, they feel almost wasted because it wasn't in a show? (I actually think KCiF had something to do with it... I signed up for Fire It Up! and Multiple Personalities because I feel like I could work on quickly engaging in a scene and having a wider range of characters. I think that just the idea of improving those areas improved them a lot already. I did both of those things because I had them on my mind, and I focused better on those elements.)"

For more information about the group. Join their facebook group by clicking on the link on the right.

September 3, 2008

Kansas City Improv Festival 8

It's official 8: The Kansas City Improv Festival has sold out both shows for the national weekend. However, there are still tickets for the local weekend.

For ticket information visit the link HERE.

And now for your viewing pleasure:

Last year Der Monkenpickel discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls.

September 2, 2008

Weekend Recap

The evening started with
Babelfish: Nathan Stewert and Joe Henley. Featuring Jared Brustad

Followed by
Poke: Tommy Todd and Trish Berrong

Improv Thunderdome Round 3 started with
Burnin Sternums: Rob Grabowski, Nick Rigoli, Trish Berrong, Keith Curtis, and Pete Calderone

Followed by
Fluffer Nutter: Nifer Honeycutt and Jessica Robins

Followed by
The Winners: Type O Positive
Ryan Seymour, John Robison, Tricia Davenport, Jeremy Danner, and Tim Marks

Photos by Rita

If you have any photos, videos, links, or anything involving Kansas City Improv