First Annual 37 Year Bakersfield Improv Reunion and Bake Sale*

*Bake sale not guaranteed.

August 17 & 18, 2018


The Empty Space 706 Oak St. Bakersfield, CA 93304


Since 1989 there has been improv in Bakersfield California, only 8 years after iO Chicago, 13 years before UCB, two years after The Annoyance, 16 years before Magnet Theater, five years after ComedySportz--that is a long history of improvisation in a town few outside of the central valley know, beyond being the butt of jokes. So we, the improvisors from Bakersfield, are going to celebrate that. If you performed with or were a fan of CSz generation 1, 2, 3, or 4, The Hermit Colony, Retro Prairie Dog Amateurs, Major League Improv generation 1, 2 or 3, CSz high school league, The Black List, Center for Improv Advancement, or became an improviser after you left, you are invited. 

I know lots of you had no interest in your high school reunions but for many of us our first improv family was one that profoundly affected our lives. Bakersfield gets a lot of hate from everyone, ourselves included but the “37” year history of improvisation is one thing we should all be proud of. 

We would really like for you to be there. We are going to do our best to invite everyone we can, please reach out to anyone you would like to see there. 
Thank you, and we got your back.


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Reunion Shows

Improv Jam:  Hosted by Michael, and Alex. This is your chance to get on stage and improvise with improvisers old and new. Never improvised before give it a try. Haven't improvised in years get back on stage. The hosts will pair performers up to improvise scenes, setting everyone up for success. If you would rather just watch you are welcome to remain in the audience. Recommended for those 17 and up. Performers: everyone brave enough to take the stage. 

  •  7:00pm Friday August 17
  • 7:00pm Saturday August 18
  • Cost: $10. 

Definitely Not ComedySportz:  Short form improv with two teams and a host that will be absolutely nothing like ComedySportz. Fun for the whole family. Performers: JT Seaton, Jason Monroe, Matt Borton, Kim Canfield, Jeff Perkins, Tyler Pruett, Ellie Sivissend, Johnny Mansbach, Ryan Miller, Ken Burdick, and many more. 

An Improvised History of Bakersfield Improv:  A lecture on the wonderful history of improvisation in Bakersfield with actual footage of improv scenes through the rich history of improvisation in Bakersfield. Recommended for those 17 and up. Performers: Professor Michael Lewis, Professor Alex Marino, with guest performers from Bakersfield improv's many eras.

Slacker : an Improv Show:  The reunion producers perform the Slacker a long form show where all scenic transitions are made via tag out. With the suggestion of a single location they will create an series interconnected characters and scenes. Recommended for those 17 and up. Performers Alex Marino, Michael Lewis, Sarah Walsh, and one special. 






Reunion Events


Saturday August 18 at 1:00pm to 5:00pm Get together with Bakersfield improvisers and improv fans past and present. Details TBD.


IMprov Workshops

Trust Yourself: Saturday August 18 11:00am to 1:00pm. Presale: $25

Collaboration: Saturday August 18 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Presale: $25