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Bakersfield Improv has a long weird history. The 2nd Annual 37 Year Bakersfield Improv Reunion and Car Wash* celebrates that history. We celebrate through getting back on stage and improvising in the town where we started. 

Since 1989 there has been improv in Bakersfield California, only eight years after iO Chicago, thirteen years before UCB, two years after The Annoyance, sixteen 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 Bakersfield ComedySportz, The Hermit Colony, Retro Prairie Dog Amateurs, Major League Improv, ComedySportz high school league, The Black List, Center for Improv Advancement, The Revengers, Brian’s Beard, or became an improviser after you left, you are invited. 

So it has actually has been 30 years this year since improv began here in Bakersfield. We are bad at math and and if we were doing things “right” no one ever would have started improv here 30 years ago.

We would really like for you to be there. We are going to do our best to invite everyone we can think of. If there is anyone from Bakersfield improv you would like to see there please let them know. Thank you, and we got your back.

*car wash not guaranteed

Schedule 

Friday October 18, 2019

5:30pm Improv Jam

  • This is your chance to get on stage and improvise with improvisors young and old, new and experienced. You are welcome to come and play or watch, whether it is your first time on stage, the first time in long time, or if you improvised yesterday. The show is hosted by Bakersfield improv historian characters played by Michael Lewis and Alex Marino putting each scene in the historical context of Bakersfield’s rich improv history.

7:00pm Definitely Not Major League Improv

  • This show features two teams competing for points and your laughs through a series of short improv games. We need your suggestions and participation to make it work. Fun for the whole family, Definitely Not Major League Improv is for improv fans of all ages. Improvisors from our long improv history perform.

    • Appropriate for all ages.

    • Get tickets now $12.

    • $16 at the door.

    • Kids 10 and under $9 (only available at the door)

9:00pm Winprov!

  • The world premiere of Winprov! the improv game show where members of the audience compete for cash and prizes.

10:30pm After Party 

Saturday October 19, 2019

12:00pm Grill and Chat

  • Lets get together and reminisce. We can also eat and enjoy some drinks. If you were a part of any of the incarnations of Bakersfield Improv you should come. We would all love to see you and hear about what you have been up to.

5:30pm Improv Jam

  • This is your chance to get on stage and improvise with improvisors young and old, new and experienced. You are welcome to come and play or watch, whether it is your first time on stage, the first time in long time, or if you improvised yesterday. The show is hosted by Bakersfield improv historian characters played by Michael Lewis and Alex Marino, putting each scene in the historical context of Bakersfield’s rich improv history.

7:00pm Definitely Not Major League Improv

  • This show features two teams competing for points and your laughs through a series of short improv games. We need your suggestions and participation to make it work. Fun for the whole family, Definitely Not Major League Improv is for improv fans of all ages. Improvisors from our long improv history perform.

    • Appropriate for all ages.

    • Get tickets now $12.

    • $16 at the door.

    • Kids 10 and under $9 (only available at the door)

9:00pm Bakersfield Armando w/ Kevin Charette

  • In the Bakersfield Armando Kevin Charette will tell true stories, and the improvisors will create scenes inspired by those stories. This show features Bakersfield Improvisors from our long improv history.

10:30pm Hostel Greetings and Cold War

  • Two long form improv shows with two great teams. First up is Hostel Greetings formed in Reno, NV, performing the Slacker, from a single suggestion they will create a play with interconnected characters and locations. Up second long form duo Cold War from New York City perform a 30 minute show based on a single suggestion.

11:59pm After Party