Grand Rapids Improv Festival kicks off downtown
Grand Rapids is in for a comedy treat this week in the form of the Grand Rapids Improv Festival.
The festival, or GRIF, kicks off tonight with a party and performer highlight event from 7:30-10 p.m. at Dog Story Theater, at 7 Jefferson Ave. SE. Networking takes place from 7:30-8 p.m., followed by a series of performer highlight shows from 8-9 p.m. and an open jam from 9-10 p.m.
The festival runs through Oct. 19 and will see about 30 troupes perform in downtown Grand Rapids. Performances will take place at Dog Story Theater.
This is the second-annual Grand Rapids Improv Festival, formerly named the West Michigan Improv Festival.
Katie Fahey, GRIF committee chair and captain of Grand Rapids-based No Outlet Improv Troupe, said this year’s festival saw a response four times that of last year.
“This year, we’ve had an awesome response,” Fahey said. “It really speaks volumes to the Grand Rapids community in particular.”
Oct. 12: 7:30-10 p.m., kickoff party and performer highlight/free jam at Dog Story Theater
Oct. 13: 7:30 p.m., improv show featuring Murphy’s Law, a comedy juggling show with Ben Comedy and Will Juggle
Oct. 14: 7:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., improv shows with Grand Rapids sketch group Late Night Grand Rapids
Oct. 15: Night on the town exploring Beer City, U.S.A.
Oct. 16: 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., shows featuring three improv troupes
Oct. 17: 4 p.m., panel discussion “Comedy — Beyond the Laughter” featuring Bart Sumner, Healing Improv executive director, and humor coach Julie Ostrow; 5:38 p.m., improv show featuring Pure Improv Chaos; and 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 p.m., improv shows featuring three improv troupes
Oct. 18: Family Festival featuring youth workshop, high school workshop, family friendly shows and youth show; 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., workshop and performance for grades 4-6; 2-6 p.m., workshop and performance for grades 7-12; and 7-8:30 p.m., “From the Mouths of Babes: an Improvised Hilarious Kids Panel”
Oct. 19: 7:30-11:30 p.m., closing night show and party at Dog Story Theater