The third annual Improv Games returns to Calgary on March 19, hosting some of the city’s sharpest funnymakers in a no-holds-barred battle for glory. Drawing inspiration from the ever-popular Hunger Games series, the fundraiser boasts “Capitol-themed” costumes and plenty of cutthroat competition.
New this year, Edmonton and Red Deer improv groups join the fray for the very first time; the stakes have never been higher for provincial-wide bragging rights. Each troupe brings forth two hopeful tributes, decked out in the latest Hunger Games fashions (audience costumes optional and encouraged). The tributes will face trials, tribulations, and restrictions or advantages based on whether or not they meet the audience’s approval.
The whole event is a tongue-in-cheek homage to the extremely popular series, which is why Obviously Improv‘s Mat Mailandt thinks it’s sold out year after year. “It’s an easy access point for people to experience improv,” he explains over the phone to Calgary Buzz.
The night’s proceeds go towards funding the company’s arts education programs in the city, which include the Calgary Improv School. The organization’s mandate is to provide fast-paced and spontaneous improv, especially accessible to younger generations.
It’s time to practice your three-finger salutes, as the 2016 Improv Games flies into town next week. Tickets are going fast, and include free hor d’oeuvres, a photobooth, and an airbrush makeup artist to glam up your Capitol look.
When: March 19, 8 p.m.
Where: Festival Hall, 1215 10 Ave SE