The 6th annual Teen Comedy Fest
Teams are as currently scheduled and subject to change.
All-State Improv Team (Illinois)
The Armadillo Rodeo is thrilled to be taking part in their fourth consecutive Teen Comedy Fest! Started in 2007 by Josh Rice and Katie Campbell, the Rodeo was born out of the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre's Summer Theatre Academy. Performing monthly at The PUBLIC Theatre since 2008, this diverse group of students is well-versed in short-form and long-form improv formats. Special thanks to KC, our friends and family, and Drake for supporting our nerdy behavior for all these years!
Creatures of Impulse (Pleasanton, CA)
H1NFun [Gordon Tech HS] (Chicago, IL)
IMPers (Martha's Vineyard, MA)
The IMPers are part of IMP for Kids located on Martha's Vineyard. IMP provides quality theater education and performance opportunities to theater artists ages 6-16. The IMPers are a group of advanced IMP students who have made a commitment to continue their training individually and as an ensemble. They perform both short and long form scenic based improv on the island and beyond. This is their third appearance at the Teen Comedy Festival. The IMPers have also performed at the Chicago, Boston and Providence Improv Festival. For more info on IMP go to IMP4Kids.com.
Improv Playhouse Junior Ensemble (Libertyville, IL)
The Improv Playhouse Junior Ensemble is a group of young improvisers who have worked on both short and long form and currently sketch as well. The Junior ensemble is adept at big physical play as well as great emotional reactions. They are very proud to be a part of the Teen Comedy Festival. They would like to thank their parents and the Improv Playhouse for their support.
Improv Playhouse Teen Ensemble (Libertyville, IL)
The Improv Playhouse Teen Ensemble is a group of improvisers who have developed two of their own totally original long forms; The Lonely E and The Karl. The Teen ensemble is adept at slow play, great ensemble work with a creative quickness all their own. Leading up to this festival they have done work in short form, long form and sketch. Students audition for their place in the ensemble. Alumni have gone on to join the best college teams in the nation, and teach and host at the Teen Comedy Fest! They would like to thank their parents and the Improv Playhouse for their support.
Mocktail (Chicago, IL)
Mocktail brings energy, poise, intelligence and a fresh perspective to the stage as they are mentored by and perform with Chicago veteran improv team International Stinger. Performing signature pieces including the Houseboat, After Party, Stinger-3D, and more, Mocktail’s improvised comedy differs from common long form and montage through the use of narrative thread, consistent locations and recurring characters. Members of the Mocktail ensemble boast performances with the Second City Teen Ensemble, school plays and Mock U.N. They bring to the stage great enthusiasm, wit and several years of improv experience. They can be seen performing weekly on Sunday evenings at 6pm at Stage 773 in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.
Unintentionally Hilarious V – Spaghetti with Awesome Sauce
[Elmhurst Children's Theatre] (Elmhurst, IL)
Make way for teen humor at its best with 22 young comedians from Elmhurst, Illinois. Now in its fifth year, Unintentionally Hilarious gets the belly laughs rolling with sketches that cover everything from teen dating angst to croquet moms to Soviet spy phobia! Directed by Chicago sketch celebrity, Tim “Awesome-Sauce” Soszko, this year’s troupe has a serious case of comic schizophrenia, as personalities pop and sizzle on stage. You’ll be laughing out loud and you won’t even know why!
Well Rehearsed [Chicago High School for the Arts] (Chicago, IL)
ChiArts Improv Team: "Well Rehearsed" The ChiArts Improv Team was started by Annie Calhoun and a group of freshman students when the school opened in 2009. This will be the team's third Teen Comedy Fest. Aside from school wide shows with guest artists from iO Improv Theatre, the team has played at Comedy Sportz, Gorilla Tango Theatre, and A Red Orchid Theatre!
Wunderkidz [Brave New Workshop] (Minneapolis, MN)