In early 1989, a series of workshops taught by Robert Lowe at GA Tech’s DramaTech Theater lead to the founding of the improvisational comedy troupe Let’s Try This! For the next 15 years, the troupe continued on in relative isolation from the the improv world beyond. Then in 2004, LTT!’s elected Production Manager, Jochen “Je77” Rick, spearheaded a campaign to go to the Dirty South Improv Festival in North Carolina. The troupe was inspired on many levels by the new ideas the festival exposed them to. In May of 2004, Matthew Arisheh was elected the new Production Manager. He was so inspired by DSIF that he wanted to start an improv festival at Georgia Tech. After winning the support of LTT! and DramaTech, Matthew contacted Zach Ward, the founder and Executive Producer of DSIF. Zach became a much needed source of guidance as the festival took shape. Finally after much planning and hard work done by countless volunteers, the first annual Black Box Improv Festival took place in September of 2004.


Since 2004, the festival has grown to become one of the largest comedy festivals in the country, boasting increasingly impressive show and workshop line-up’s each year. Below are links to detailed records of what went down at each previous BBCF.

BBIF 2004

BBIF 2005

BBIF 2006

BBIF 2007

BBIF 2008

BBIF 2009

BBCF 2010