Coming in ahead of March Madness, College comedians are taking over ImprovBoston at the end of the month. From Thursday, February 21-Saturday, February 23, college students will be performing on both stages at ImprovBoston for the annual College Comedy Fest and Beanpot Tournament. Tickets for shows cost $12-$18 and are available online at www.improvboston.com. ImprovBoston is located at 40 Prospect Street.
Last year, the festival expanded to include showcase shows and the competition for the college teams. Each showcase slot will have two college teams performing with an ImprovBoston cast. The competition portion is broken up into four rounds for each team. During each competition performance, the teams accumulate points. The three highest scoring teams advance to the final round.
Each team has a unique skill and format. One includes CCE: Committee for Creative Enactments from Boston College, which performs a murder-mystery long form. Other teams in the tournament include: Guerilla Improv (Worcester Polytechnic Institute), Improv on the Rocks (Western New England University), Liquid Fun (Boston University). NU&Improv'd (Northeastern University), Peapod Squad (Clark University), receSs (George Washington University), Seriously Bent (Suffolk University), Shenanigans! (Clark University), and The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen (Gordon College).
Northeastern University's NU&Improv'd are the returning champions and Clark University's Shenanigans! are the returning runners-up.
On top of performing, the college teams will have two workshops from ImprovBoston instructors and will attend a panel discussion on improv after college.
2013 COLLEGE COMEDY SCHEDULE
Thursday, February 21
7:00 PM (Mainstage): CCE, Improv on the Rocks & ImprovBoston's Bankwolf
7:30 PM (Studio): *COMPETITION ROUND* NU&Improv'd vs. Peapod Squad vs. Guerilla Improv
8:30 PM (Mainstage): Seriously Bent, Shenanigans! & ImprovBoston's TourCo
9:00 PM (Studio): *COMPETITION ROUND* NU&Improv'd vs. Peapod Squad vs. Guerilla Improv vs. The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen
10:00 PM (Mainstage): receSs, Liquid Fun & ImprovBoston's TourCo
10:30 PM (Studio): *COMPETITION ROUND* Improv on the Rocks vs. Peapod Squad vs. CCE vs. The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen vs. Shenanigans!
Friday, February 22
7:00 PM (Mainstage): Peapod Squad, The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen & ImprovBoston's Mainstage
7:30 PM (Studio): *COMPETITION ROUND* Liquid Fun vs. Seriously Bent vs. Shenanigans! vs. recess
8:30 PM (Mainstage) NU&Improv'd, Guerilla Improv & ImprovBoston's FACE OFF
9:00 PM (Studio): *COMPETITION ROUND* Liquid Fun vs. Shenanigans! vs. Seriously Bent
10:00 PM (Main Theater): *COMPETITION ROUND* Improv on the Rocks vs. CCE vs. The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen
10:30 PM (Studio): *COMPETITION ROUND* NU&Improv'd vs. Liquid Fun vs. receSs vs. Seriously Bent vs. Guerilla Improv
Saturday, February 23
5:30 PM (Studio): *COMPETITION ROUND* CCE vs. receSs vs. Improv on the Rocks
7:30 PM (Studio): *COMPETITION ROUND* NU&Improv'd vs. Liquid Fun vs. receSs vs. Improv on the Rocks vs. Peapod Squad
7:30 PM (Main Theater): *COMPETITION ROUND* CCE vs. Seriously Bent vs. Shenanigans! vs. Guerilla Improv vs. The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen
9:00 PM (Main Theater): *FINAL ROUND*
ImprovBoston is New England's home for comedy. Since 1982, ImprovBoston has used a fresh, funny approach to comedy, showcasing today's best performers and training tomorrow's stars. The premiere place for comedy in New England, ImprovBoston boasts a full calendar of the funniest shows in Boston and nationally-known education and corporate training programs. ImprovBoston is more than just a great Comedy Club-it's a recognized center for the evolving art of comedy. ImprovBoston is a registered 501(c)(3) and has been the New England region's leading theater and school dedicated to teaching and performing all forms of comedy for 30 years.It was voted "Best of Boston" by The Phoenix for 2009-2010, The Improper Bostonian, and The Weekly Dig. ImprovBoston presents a regular selection of the best improv, sketch, and stand-up for all audiences. Through their acclaimed comedy training program, the theater continues to develop the next generation of comedic talent to ensure that the next generation will keep on laughing.