South Florida's Premier Comedy Event!

ABOUT MIF

The 2020 Miami Improv Festival (MIF 2020) is a 4-day festival celebrating all forms of improv and sketch comedy from around the world, and is hosted by Miami's home for improv and sketch comedy, Just The Funny.  The 2020 Miami Improv Festival will take place from Thursday, January 16th through Sunday, January 19th!

SHOWS

The 2020 Miami Improv Festival presents 38 great improv and sketch comedy shows on 2 stages, including: BASSPROV, Pimprov, Here, Ruby Rocket, Big Bang Improv, Sutton and Hallal, and Stacey and Joe! For more information on Shows go to SCHEDULE!


PASSES

The 2020 Miami Improv Festival is offering a limited amount of Festival and Night Passes that get you to the front of the line for any show you want to see all at a discounted price! Why wait in line? Get the best seats in the house, sit back and relax, and do it all for a fraction of our normal ticket price. For more information on Festival and Night passes go to BOX OFFICE!

SCHEDULE

Check out the entire line up of shows on 2 stages at MIF 2020:

MAIN STAGE

SPOTLIGHT STAGE


WORKSHOPS

The 2020 Miami Improv Festival features 9 incredible master class improv workshops taught by some of the best instructors in the industry. Workshop spots are selling fast and will sell out soon, for more information on workshops and to get your spot now go to WORKSHOPS!

Friday, January 17
1:30 pm

Bigger Than the Stage
$100 - $120   [BUY NOW]

Instructor: Marz Timms

Learn how to do more than just make an audience laugh.  Learn how to grab your audience and draw them in as soon as you hit the stage.  The stage doesn’t stop where the audience begins, but encompasses the entire theatre. Improv is about complete awareness of your surroundings, and your presence in those surroundings. The key to being a successful improviser is to be completely present throughout a show, both in physical and mental terms.

Saturday, January 18
10:00 am

Musical Improv Bootcamp (5 Hours)
SOLD OUT!
***Musical Improv Experience Required***
Instructors: Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto

Tara DeFrancisco & Rance Rizzutto ("HERE the (improvised) Musical" homeshows and global touring, iO Chicago's Chaos Theory / The Deltones, Baby Wants Candy, Second City stages/touring, ComedySportz Chicago & CBus, The Improv Retreat, The Nest Theatre artistic directors & creators) run week-long Musical Immersion Camps all over the world and in their homes of Chicago, IL & Columbus, OH. In this version of their longer residencies, we spend one class day pushing ourselves in what makes a piece actually work: the investment in true scenic health, knowing "the Reason to Sing", building a song that is dynamic to watch rather than structurally restrictive, group & opening song styles, and putting it all together. We hit the ground running so come prepared to learn, play, and sing right away! This class would be good for those already trying musical improvisation and hoping to push to the next level in their own personal development. Class begins at 10:00 am, we take 30 minutes for break, and wrap around 3:30 pm. Join us for application and purpose in this joyful celebration of one of the greatest artforms on earth!

Character Issues
$100 - $120   [BUY NOW]
Instructor: Mark Sutton

Most improvisers are constantly on the hunt for ways to play better characters. But how do we really inhabit those people we play onstage? How do we keep a character from falling into caricature? In this session you will explore some key pathways to create memorable, durable and funny characters. You will learn to develop characters of observation and characters of reflection. And…. you will develop techniques for finding the humanity in any character you play.

Saturday, January 18
1:30 pm

Dramatic Improv
$100 - $120   [BUY NOW]
Instructor: Mark Sutton

Think you can’t play it “straight”? Think again. At the core, scenic improvisation is all about authenticity. The same authenticity we use to create grounded comedy scenes can lead us to scenes of dramatic depth, poignancy and impact. In this workshop, you will expand your ability to be in the moment, to tap into your emotional well in a way that truly connects you to the moment. You will walk away with a greater ability to move the audience on multiple levels.

Sunday, January 19
10:00 am

Mastering Group Scenes
$100 - $120   [BUY NOW]

Instructor: Stacey Hallal

Group scenes are critical to a solid improv show. They provide variety, energy, and showcase the ensemble working together as one – plus they are super fun! But they can be also messy, confusing, and awkward. In this workshop, we will explore a variety of group game structures, give and take in big scenes, and the art of building group mind.

Personal Truth in Character Monologues
$100 - $120   [BUY NOW]
Instructor: Joe Bill

In this workshop we will work from telling real stories from our actual lives and then transferring elements of those into the monologues from the brains of characters that we can improvise. We’ll play with characters that are “close to ourselves” and end the workshop stretching into the crazy, absurd or fucked up characters that seem a world away from our actual selves. All characters we play when we improvise are more compelling when they have at least a little bit of “us” in them. I’ll show you how to do that and give you reps in the workshop to practice bringing those sensibilities to the characters you play going forward in your improv life.

Sunday, January 19
1:30 pm

Tune Up Your Duo
$100 - $120   [BUY NOW]
Instructor: Joe Bill

This workshop is exclusively for Improv Duos and you’ll only work with your/the same Duo partner for the whole workshop. You can come with a Duo Partner that you’ve played with before, in shows or in workshop, OR you can come with another person that shares an interest in playing in an Improv Duo with you. I will run the Duos through exercises designed to help you embolden your Duo voice, diversify your humor and give each Duo feedback based on what I see in the workshop that can help you go forward into an Improv world that I love so much and helped to pioneer.

What’s Your Story? – Understanding Narrative in Improv
$100 - $120   [BUY NOW]
Instructor: Stacey Hallal

Telling a good story is hard. Spontaneously inventing a good story in front of an audience is even harder. A group of people spontaneously inventing a good story all together in front of an audience? Well, that’s just insanity. But when it’s done well, it’s one of the most magical experiences in the world. Whether you are doing short form, long form, straightforward narrative or complex structure, this workshop will teach you how to create a shape of scene and show that will leave you AND the audience fully satisfied.

 

Instructor Bios

Joe Bill

Joe Bill is widely regarded as one of the best teachers of Scenic and Comedic Improvisation in America today.  He currently teaches, performs and is the Senior Facilitator & Designer of Corporate Training at iO Chicago. He is also on the faculty at The Second City Training Center where he teaches intensives in Duo Improvisation and Improvisation for Actors. He is one of the founding members of Annoyance Theater Chicago where, for 12 years, he performed in and/or directed more than 60 different shows. Joe first learned Improvisation and in 1977 studied and worked with Del Close from 1985 through the mid 90’s.

Joe tours internationally with innovative Long Form shows including SCRAM! with Jill Bernard (Huge Improv Theater – Mpls.) and the NY Times acclaimed BASSPROV with Mark Sutton (Annoyance Theater/The Second City).

Joe headlines with Chicago Improv Goddess Susan Messing in Messing With a Friend, with Lee White (CRUMBS – Winnipeg/Berlin) in their show PARADIGM, with International Improv Legend Patti Stiles (AD - Impro Melbourne) and their show Our Play, with Georgie Caldwell (The P.I.T. NYC/iO Chicago) in the (Sutton-Hallal) show In Every Life and with David Razowsky (Host A.D.D. Comedy Podcast) in Razowsky & Bill.

Joe performs in The Del Tones, The Armando Diaz Theatrical Experience and Musical Armando at iO Chicago. He has played as a guest in The Scene and Chica GO-GO at The PIT in NYC, with Let’s Have A Ball and ASSSSCAT 3000 at UCB Theater in NYC & L.A and with Kornfeld & Andrews at Magnet Theater in NYC.

He has performed, directed, taught and served as an Artistic Adviser for a number of Improvisation/Comedy Theaters & Festivals all over North America, Europe, Australia and South Africa and at every major Improv Festival in The United States.

 

Stacey Hallal

Stacey Hallal founded the Curious Comedy Theater in Portland, Oregon in 2008 where she serves as Managing/Artistic Director as well as a regular performer, writer, director and teacher. As Artistic Director, Stacey has created the Curious training center curriculum, trains and supports the teaching staff, oversees the scheduling, production and creative direction of over a hundred shows per year and has the honor of curating the annual All Jane Comedy Festival.

Stacey has been devoted to comedy in Portland and Chicago for over fifteen years and has appeared and taught at more than 100 comedy festivals across the United States and Canada. While in Chicago, Stacey completed the iO, Annoyance, and Second City training centers. She went on to complete the prestigious Directing Program at Second City where she also taught improv and comedy writing as a member of the Second City Training Center Faculty. Stacey Assistant Directed the smash hit Second City Main Stage production, Between Barack and A Hard Place. Stacey also uses improv to help major companies better understand and communicate their brand stories with Character, LLC, a Portland-based company she helped start up in 2001.

 

Marz Timms

Marz Timms is an actor, stand-up comedian, improviser, writer, director, and producer. As an actor he has performed in over 100 productions across the U.S. Marz got his start in Chicago at the Annoyance Theater in Co-ed Prison Sluts. He then took his talents to Second City and was an original member of Second City’s Brown Co. Marz wrote, produced, and starred in the Big Kids Comedy Hour, a play that ran for three years in Chicago and New York. Marz created, produces and directs the critically acclaimed improv and sketch comedy group Pimprov.  Pimprov is based in Chicago and has toured for 15 years as well as have a weekly show Friday nights for the past 10 years. Pimprov has performed across the U.S. and Canada, including stops in NYC, Miami, Toronto and Los Angeles. As a touring stand-up comedian, Marz has performed with Tracy Morgan, Nikki Glaser, Louie Anderson, Eddie Griffin, Kumail Nanjiani, and Key and Peele. Marz is the voice of Jax from the Mortal Kombat video game, and has written for film, television, and The Second City. You can see Marz on the Netflix original series EASY.

 

Mark Sutton

Mark Sutton is one of the most respected and sought after teachers in improvisation today.  He is a founding member of Chicago’s legendary Annoyance Theater and, for 10 years, was the Theater’s managing director.  While at Annoyance, he created, directed or performed in over 100 plays, musicals and improv shows. Mark is faculty emeritus at both The Annoyance and The Second City, and has been a featured instructor at comedy festivals across the United States and Canada for many years.   He helped develop the aggressive, personal power style of improvisation pioneered by Mick Napier at The Annoyance.  For the past 14 years, he has been a program designer and lead facilitator for Second City Works – the business training and entertainment arm of The Second City with clients ranging from corporate America to Academia to professional sports.  Mark’s no-nonsense, personal style of teaching has inspired and enlightened thousands of students during his 30+ year career.

 

Tara DeFrancisco

Tara DeFrancisco is a headlining performer at iO Chicago (on the Deltones, Chaos Theory, Armando, defrancisCo), ComedySportz (Mainstage), and a three year vet of the Second City Touring Company. She’s taught for those theatres and independently, both at home and internationally. Media-wise, you might see her in a Las Vegas commercial campaign, on Delusions of Grandeur (ABC Family/Blip TV), soon in the new feature film The Life & Death of an Unhappily Married Man (2015), or in several projects filmed for the satirical newspaper, The Onion.

She is also the founder and president of The Improv Retreat(http://theimprovretreat.com), the acclaimed and beloved summer camp for adult improvisers in the midwest. In March of 2015, weekly residency of Here (a two person longform improvised musical, performed with Rance Rizzutto) is scheduled for Thursdays at iO around their worldwide tour dates. Tara has won numerous awards, including Top Performer in Chicago from New City, Funniest Person in Chicago by the Free Press, Top 25 Of Comedy in the US by Curve Magazine, as well as Chicago Tribune Show of the Season for the long running renegade feat, defrancisCo.

 

Rance Rizzutto

Hi, I’m Rance Rizzutto. I started doing improv with ComedySportz in Portland as well as joining Portland’s longest running sketch comedy troupe, The Third Floor. I performed with both until making the decision to head to Chicago!

Since moving to Chicago in 2003 I have performed with ComedySportz, Chicago, DSI (The Beatbox), Silent Treatment (award winning two-person silent improv), seven8nine, and various other improv teams and venues.

Second City also hired me to perform improv and sketch with their theatrical division aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL). I’ve performed sketch and improv all over the seas. Caribbean, Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean, and in late 2009, the Pacific Ocean…Hawaii. All in all, I’ve spent 17 months traveling and performing aboard cruise ships. That’s a LOT of buffet food.

Traveling with Second City also made possible one of my favorite improv opportunities: sitting in with the Istanbul, Turkey improv group Istanbulimpro and singing about swearing with cultural awareness (SFW).

After years of performing, I started teaching as well. I currently teach for iO, and have taught for ComedySportz and Second City in the past. People come from all over the world to study improvisation in Chicago, and I’ve been thrilled to help people grow.

Best yet, in 2014 iO sent Tara and I to Europe to teach their 3-day intensives. In that time we also got to perform Here in Estonia, Germany, Copenhagen, and Latvia.

Currently, I can be seen at iO Chicago performing with The Deltones and Chaos Theory on Saturday nights, and of course Here with Tara DeFrancisco.


 

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