The 10th Annual Kalamazoo Improv Festival will be held October 19
and 20, with the hope of making the event–now measured in double digits–special, by offering even more of what its audiences enjoy.
“This is going to be a big one,” said Dann Sytsma, owner of Crawlspace Theatre Productions, the organization that has produced the festival since it began. “We’ll be bringing back one of our most popular improvisers, Craig Uhlir, from Chicago, who performed at the festival back when it first started. We’ll also be featuring a live recording of the internationally known podcast Gettin’ Nuts, which is presented by its sister podcast, the extremely popular Hello from the Magic Tavern. It’s going to be a great way to honor the festival’s past and continue to build upon it.”
Thanks, in part, to the improv classes offered to the public through Crawlspace Theatre Productions since 2016, the festival will also feature newer local talent than ever before, like Blab Rats, an improv troupe that began last year. Other area improv troupes to be featured is Pop Scholars, from Grand Rapids, and Sytsma’s own Crawlspace Eviction, which will be celebrating its fifteenth season.
For the festival’s 10th year, its venue will change from Epic Centre’s Jolliffe Theatre to Crawlspace Comedy Theatre, a new space operated by Crawlspace Theatre Productions. The new playhouse is located at 315 W. Michigan Ave., in the building that is now First Baptist Church and in the process of its ownership being transitioned to the Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition (KNAC).
Presale tickets are currently available in 3 forms:
● Fest Pass ($50) – Includes 2 days of comedy (6 sessions), including the Gettin’ Nuts podcast recording
● Fest Pass , All Access ($65) – Includes the above, plus 2 workshops
● Fest Pass, All Access, + VIP ($90) – Includes all of the above, plus access to 2 fest parties VIP and All Access passes expire on August 31st. The Fest Pass increases in cost on September 1st to $60.
Crawlspace Comedy Theatre will offer weekly performances, including open mic, stand-up comedy every Monday, twice monthly improv comedy by Crawlspace Eviction and other troupes, sketch comedy and more.
Crawlspace Theatre Productions
Crawlspace Theatre Productions was founded in 2003. It has produced and managed a variety of entertainment, including the feature-length film, Comic Evangelists, which was an official selection of AFI Fest 2006. In addition to Crawlspace Comedy Theatre and Crawlspace Eviction, the production company currently heads adult and youth improv classes for the public, as well as Improv Effects, an organization that teaches improv techniques to employers and employees.
Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition
A charitable organization, KNAC’s mission includes alleviating poverty, eliminating discrimination and celebrating the arts; it partners exclusively with organizations that recognize and value the inherent worth and dignity of every person, foster awareness, demonstrate sensitivity, understand and respect all of its members and encourage individuals to strive to meet their own potential.