Runs from Thursday April 26 2018 to Thursday November 15 2018

Approximate running time: 1 hour


The Improv Centre
1502 Duranleau Street
Vancouver BC V6H 3S4

Performance Notes

× (Vancouver, BC) – Are you ready to rumble? This May, the gloves come off at 9:15 on Thursday evenings as Vancouver TheatreSports™ (VTS) turns The Improv Centre’s stage into a ‘cage’ for MIA – Mixed Improv Arts.

In this winner-takes-all contest you won’t see a ‘Peruvian necktie’ or a ‘Rubber guard’ but you will see opponents face off in a fierce competition of wits for who can win the most laughs. In MIA, two Improv Directors go head-to-head as they put a team of improvisers through a set of grueling and hilarious improv formats.

The first half of the show features the first Director working with a team of four players. They perform a 25 minute improv set within a framework created by that Director. Three judges then score the set. The second half of the show features the second Director putting the same team of players through a different scenario format which is also rated by the judges. Scores are totalled and the winner is announced.

Throughout, as in all VTS improv, the audience is called upon to assist the action with their suggestions and shouted encouragement. No one knows what will happen next in these edge-of-your-seat matches.

“I love the excitement and audience engagement in MMA bouts,” says Executive and Artistic Director Jay Ono. “We’re looking to re-create that gritty, totally committed vibe.”

As in MMA matches, Mixed Improv Arts promises a no-holds-barred battle to the finish. Will there be blood? Maybe not, but there may be some badly bruised egos.

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