FRI 9/23 8:00PM
Let’s Try This! – GA Tech
Babies Mit Bearden – Atlanta
Mock Turtle Soup – Clemson
The Basement – Atlanta
FRI 9/23 10:00PM
The Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy – Atlanta
Diversionary Tactics – Atlanta
KihckerCast Project – New York
Dad’s Gargage – Atlanta
SAT 9/24 8:00PM
Oncoming Traffic – Tallahassee
Robert Lowe Experience – Mixed
Improv Inferno – Ann Arbor
Relapse Theatre – Atlanta
SAT 9/24 10:00PM
7Up – Mixed
ImprovJacksonville – Jacksonville
Choke Up – Chapel Hill
Laughing Matters – Atlanta


SAT 9/24 10:00AM-12:00PM

    The purpose of the two workshops (10am to noon, 4-6pm) is twofold: First, it is to familiarize participants with scenic archetypes, a new kind of plot-driven long-form improv. Second, it is to prepare workshop participants to perform a scenic archetype show on Saturday evening. Deep learning requires practice. Improv requires putting yourself out there. This workshop / performance should provide an interesting opportunity for participants to learn something new and work in an entirely new setting. Since performing requires trust in your fellow performers and it takes time to establish trust, it is asked that you attend both workshops.


INSTRUCTOR: Bill Cochran
    What seperates a realistic character from a funny-voiced stereotype? A grounded game scene from a meaningless pattern? Good scenic moves from pulling something out of your ass? More often than not, it’s the little things. Like finding your point of view and committing to it, listening to your partners, treating your environment with respect and all the other things that we tend to gloss over. This workshop will focus on heightening, playing the game of the scene and all those other improv mechanics that we use to make things funny, but doing it in a way that’s hip and doesn’t sacrifice the artistic side of improv. You never have to seperate being funny from “doing good improv” and the little things are the key. Previous longform experience is strongly encouraged.


    Workshop focuses on narrative storytelling in short and long form improv work. In this workshop, we will be exploring different ways to tell a story with your scene partner(s) and your environment.


INSTRUCTOR: Wes Schrader
    If you’ve spent time learning both martial arts and “improv arts,” you may have noticed things in common about how they’re taught, how they’re learned, and their perspective on life, the universe, and everything. This workshop is the result of a long search to find a way to blend the best of these two different but similar disciplines. NO martial arts experience needed. We’ll be using simple meditation techniques and improv games to explore this new area. The focus is much more on personal work as performers than doing “show” games. (Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a notebook.)


INSTRUCTOR: Jim Karwisch
    This workshop will be a venture into Group Mind and its application within scenework. Techniques to help your troupe perform as one mind will be explored as well as techniques from long-form improv that can be used to improve your short-form or long-form play. A Question and Answer session will be used to tailor the material covered to the workshop’s specific audience.

SAT 10/21 1:45AM-3:45PM

    “I will not know what I will do at the workshops until I am there with each gathering. They will be unique and tuned to the level and need of each group. I know this may make it hard to sell, but it is the only way I work.” ~Robert Lowe


INSTRUCTOR: Topping Haggerty
    Learn to be a strong physical improviser. Develop techniques to physically establish, use, and maintain your space object improvised universe, even if you don’t have a frickin’ clue as to who you are, where you are, or what the hell you are supposed to be holding.


    Learn the best approach to musical improv with one of the finest musical improvisers in American improv today, Eric Frampton. He will show you different styles and ways to work with the musician, while Laughing Matters Tommy Futch helps you think outside the box when looking for rhymes, rhyme scheme and brainstorming.


    This workshop focuses on creating scenes that quickly engage the audience, your scene partner and most importantly YOU. Rather than playing defensively and worrying about the rules, this workshop will focus on playing in a vibrant, engaged and confident manner. The most important moment of any scene is its opening; performers should therefore strive to engage the scene immediately with confidence and authority. The workshop consists of exercises designed to increase the energy and commitment available to players at the top of a scene as well as some exercises designed specifically to increase player’s skills in free form (i.e. long form) improvised scenes.


    And the truth is, you’re sitting on a goldmine. In this workshop we’ll run focused monologues, two-person, and group scenes to explore (1) the joys of playing yourself; (2) ways to use your own experience to blow up your characters; and (3) how to make specific choices that will take your scenes out of the realm of the sit-com, and into the realm of pure gold. Appropriate for folks with shortform, longform, or any other kind of experience.

SAT 10/21 4:00PM-6:00PM

    The purpose of the two workshops (10am to noon, 4-6pm) is twofold: First, it is to familiarize participants with scenic archetypes, a new kind of plot-driven long-form improv. Second, it is to prepare workshop participants to perform a scenic archetype show on Saturday evening. Deep learning requires practice. Improv requires putting yourself out there. This workshop / performance should provide an interesting opportunity for participants to learn something new and work in an entirely new setting. Since performing requires trust in your fellow performers and it takes time to establish trust, it is asked that you attend both workshops.


INSTRUCTOR: Scott Abrams
    In improvisation there are a lot of rules and a lot to think about. What you can do, what you can’t do, what you say, how you say it, who you are, where you are and why do we care? But as we all know, the second you stop to think on stage, you stop, the scene stops and the audience stops having something to care about. This workshop focuses on and provides techniques on how to get out of your head and stay there. As well as demonstrating what to reflect on before, during and after a scene, so that each scene may be a lesson for future scenes.


INSTRUCTOR: Topping Haggerty
    In a fast-pasted environment, learn to build your repertoire of improvised characters. Along with physical and verbal skills, increase your capacity to listen to the characters interpersonal dynamics and use it to make your partners life a hilarious living hell (that would be the character, not the improviser).


    The philosophy behind this workshop is basic – Improv is only an art form if getting out of bed is an art form… and it is.


INSTRUCTOR: Jonathan Wells
    We all know about reincorporation, especially across a longform. Now we will hone our ability to speed-raise the stakes through threes and character torture. In this workshop we will focus on the magic of threes within a single scene (be it a piece of a longform or a scene standing on its own). We will discuss the total ins and outs of the Rule of Threes and see just how easily the game is born. The game is torture, and it’s easier than you think. Make improv easier for yourself and your team, and come build or sharpen this tool for your improv toolbelt.



7Up formed as the result two workshops (Saturday 10am-12pm and 4pm-6pm) lead by Je77 Rick. The purpose of these workshops was twofold: First, it is to familiarize participants with scenic archetypes, a new kind of plot-driven long-form improv. Second, it is to prepare workshop participants to perform a scenic archetype show on Saturday evening. 7up is Bill Welch (ImprovJacksonville) Tracy Davies (Charlotte Comedy Theatre) Kevin Boyle and Ernest Wilkins (Oncoming Traffic) Mickey McFarland, Hoyt Jolly, and Je77 Rick (Let’s Try This!).


We are a long-form troupe that performs with 3-5 players. We perform a rotating slate of forms, though we are partial to Captain, Corporal, ENSIGN! (which we performed at BBIF 2004).

Babies Mit Bearden

The Basement

Down in The Basement, we are committed (or at least we should be) to bringing you quality entertainment. Our shows are 100% original material (most of the time) that is inspired by our wonderful audiences through suggestions. We use your suggestions to inspire us as we go through a multitude of difficult and fun theatre games to build scenes for you! So, now sit back and enjoy! Remember: if you laugh and have fun tonight… go home and tell your friends. If not then just keep your #@&%$ mouth shut like your momma told you! xoxo, The Basement Players.


Choke Up, an improvised two-man show with Bill Cochran and Jon Karpinos, started in North Carolina in the summer of 2002. Originally coached by Zach Ward, the show had a successful run at Raleigh’s ComedyWorx, several engagements at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a slot at the 2004 Dirty South Improv Festival. This spring Dirty South Improv will present Choke Up at The Playground Theatre in Chicago. Choke Up creates a single scene in which each actor plays both his own, original characters and his partner’s. Karpinos and Cochran began improvising together over eight years ago as high school students in Chapel Hill, NC. The strength and depth of their own relationship allows them to flow in and out of each other’s characters and add nuanced layers to their scenework.


Dad's Garage

Dad’s Garage is a casual theatre in Atlanta where you can get a drink, sit with your friends, and watch award-winning Comedy Improv and never-before-seen plays. Theatre in America is often thought of as elitist and Dad’s Garage is a perfect example of artists working to change that label. We do the kind of theatre we would want to see. Our improv shows are made up on the spot, our mainstage shows are all innovative and original, and our children’s show is the only one of its kind being done. When we’re on stage, there are few boundaries and hardly any rules. We believe in taking chances. The riskier, the better.


5 long time friends and equal time improvers have banded together to bring you a comedy experience that you’ll have a hard time forgetting, no matter how you try. Dabbling in sketch comedy, slowly perfecting the art of the improvised serial, occaisonally known for orchestrating public pranks, and the self proclaimed masters of so called “Medium Form,” Diversionary Tactics is more than an improv group, and even more than a comedy troupe.

Diversionary Tactics

Gorgeous Ladies of Comedy

Let us show you what’s so fun about being female! That’s right, Atlanta’s only all-female comedy troupe is bringing you their own brand of irreverent improv. Women of wit, jezebels of jokes, harlots of humor – whatever you want to call us, we’re GLOC. Our inspiration was a chance meeting at the Funny Women’s Fest in Chicago. In Atlanta, we were located only miles apart, however it took a trip to Chicago to see how close we really were. We’ll show you that sisterhood is beautiful, sisterhood is powerful, but most of all, it’s funny!


Improv Inferno presents: The X Show, experimental improv gone horribly wrong. The X Show is fast, raucous and never the same twice. Taking a minimum of audience suggestions, The X Show launches into a series of interrelated scenes, which branch off in unexpected and unanticipated ways. The audience is often drawn into the performance: at one show, someone had their mullet cut against their will, at another a young man in a wheelchair got up and walked through the power of improvisation. The X Show is uncensored, unbelievable and undeniably funny.

Improv Inferno


ImprovJacksonville is a Jacksonville based improvisational theatre company that prides itself on innovation and diversity. IJ was started in October 2000 by a Navy pilot, Mike Burke (Mother Mike). IJ’s first gig was River City Brewing Company and soon Ed Goodman became the director, Ed has experience from Second City in Chicago and had performed and directed at The Annoyance, Improv Olympic and Comedy Sports. When he moved to Las Vegas as a full-time member of a Second City cast, Scott Abrams took over as director. Expanding the scope and ambition of the troupe Scott has taken IJ into many new venues, including the Atlantic, Comedy Zone, corporate training and youth enrichment.


Topping Haggerty, of The Kihckercast Project, will be performing her one-person improvised show, which has been seen in New York, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Austin, Miami and Toronto. It’s a frolicking romp through the less then mundane lives of your not so average worker bees existence. With strangely phrased songs and emotionally charged and tragically funny characters, Topping humorously shows that there’s no such thing as ‘just’ a day job.

Kihckercast Project

laughing Mattes

Laughing Matters is Atlanta’s longest running improvisational comedy troupe. We’ve performed for thousands of groups since 1985 and have been voted Atlanta’s best improv troupe by Atlanta Magazine! Let us get you involved in a great time! Laughing Matters is also the leading provider of interactive corporate entertainment on the East Coast!Troupe members and alumni regularly perform on stage and screen! Laughing Matters has also developed programs that have been used in product launches, national team building exercises, and award presentations. Whether you want to come see one of our public improv shows, book a private murder mystery, or help your organization communicate more effectively, Laughing Matters is your turn key solution!


Mock Turtle Soup is now starting its fourth year. MTS hails from Clemson University and is a completely student run project. The troupe travels around the south and even makes it up to Chicago every now and then, doing around 8 shows a year on campus and off.

Mock Turtle Soup

Let's Try This!

Let’s Try This! is the offical theatre improv troupe of DramaTech. The troupe was formed in the summer of 1989, inspired by workshops taught by Robert Lowe, who has remained a constant source of help and inspiration to us. As our name suggests we will try many things, from games to short scenes to long-form to that-in-the-world-was-that? We have many directors with different styles amougst ourselves making our shows quite diverse, however we all share a common belief in being in the moment and making our partners perfect.


Oncoming Traffic, armed with a whole lot of nothing, we can do anything. Specializing in experimental improv, Oncoming Traffic is Tallahassee’s only live comedy experience.

Oncoming Traffic


Relapse Theatre was born out of a dream, then grew into classes, and is now a monster that will kill you all!!! As Promised! Relapse Theatre is growing by leaps and bounds. Starting from a solid foundation (aka the bottom), Artistic Director Bob Wood and Ken “El Toro” Bullard teamed up to deflate the imposing “Rules” of comedy. A devolution from the whole world of judgment. Relapse is a harbor of welcome for every artistic expression: art, sketch comedy, improv, scripted works, storytelling, music, two guys sittin around, and Coming Soon: Spanish Improv. Be here or be nowhere.


Atlanta Improv Guru and aurthor of “Improvisation, Inc.: Harnessing Spontaneity to Engage People and Groups” leads a performance that will boggle your mind. No one knows what will happen or even who will be in the show. Not even Robert Lowe himself! But you can be certain that he will expose the spontaneous creative potential of the human mind right before your very eyes.

The Robert Lowe Show


Scott Abrams


Scott has been the director of ImprovJacksonville for over four years, specializing in short-form and competitive improv, sketch comedy, and corporate training. ImprovJacksonville’s most recent success was the opening of The ImprovJacksonville Comedy Theatre in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville, Florida. Originally from Naples, Florida, Scott has been on stage since he was 11 years old. He has performed and directed from coast to coast in a wide variety of mediums. Live theatre to television, radio and film, leading man to voice over talent, he is most comfortable when he is on stage and has logged thousands of hours performing, under lights or on camera in front of tens of thousands of people. Scott has been with ImprovJacksonville since its inception and became its director in January 2001. As the director of ImprovJacksonville, Scott has developed “IJ Kids”, an after school program, assisted in the development of ImprovJacksonville’s corporate training and lead the comedy troupe to new heights. His precious free-time is spent working on his stage/screen plays and with his two beautiful boys and his ever-patient wife.

Bill Cochran


Currently a performer and director in Chicago, Bill Cochran is originally from Chapel Hill, North Carolina where he was lucky enough to get involved with DSI early and often. Bill’s past improv credits include ComedySportz, Improv Inferno’s Chicago production of Damnation Game, and the national touring ensemble Mission IMPROVable. In Chicago, Bill now performs with his IO Harold team Sturgis, DSI’s critically acclaimed two-person show Choke Up and Chicago Improv Festival’s showcase ensemble Show Pony. Bill has directed UNC’s CHiPs, a corporate shortform group called Improv Unlimited, taught workshops at the last Implosion Festival in Clemson, South Carolina and is a former instructor of the Dirty South Improv Training Center.

Tommy Futch


Tommy Futch is the President of Laughing Matters, an interactive entertainment company. In addition to improvisational comedy, Laughing Matters’ repertoire includes team-building, murder mysteries, game shows, scavenger hunts and school performances. Tommy’s life changed dramatically in 1971 when he was injured in a car collision near Adel, Georgia. Futch was paralyzed from the waist down. Everything he knew about life was altered or no longer applied. For the next 10 years, he dabbled in school, work and self-fulfillment. In 1985, Futch took a comedy course and discovered his passion-improv comedy. He and a dozen partners soon formed Laughing Matters, an improv comedy troupe. As years passed and partners moved on, Futch became President and expanded the company’s mission. Tommy has worked alongside and coached Mitch Rouse, a Laughing Matters member from 1987 to 1991, who helped write the comedy film Without a Paddle, Joe Kelly, who begins his first full season as a writer for Saturday Night Live. And Gary Anthony Williams who is part of the cast of Jeff Foxworthy’s surprise summer hit Blue Collar TV. Laughing Matters owner and executive producer Tommy Futch says he feels like a proud papa: “I can’t make you famous, but you can use me as a steppingstone.” For Kelly, who worked with Laughing Matters from 1993 to 1998, the troupe taught him “clean” humor. “I learned to be funny, as opposed to shocking,” he said. Kelly worked on three episodes at the end of last year’s SNL and got three of his skits in: a tattoo removal commercial parody, a hilarious Harry Potter takeoff where Lindsay Lohan played a suddenly buxom Hermione and a rap scene with Snoop Dogg. On any given day, you can find Tommy selling, performing and producing at corporate events throughout the South.

Topping Haggerty


Topping Haggerty has performed and directed improvisation for many years. She has performed her one-person improvised show, I Want to be a Pony, in New York, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Austin, and Miami. She is the director of the improv troupe The Kihckercast Project, and has directed such improv extravaganzas as Easy as Swimming the English Channel, What Men Talk About (While Women Make Us Wait), and Seeking: Sexy, Sane and Single (Personal Ad Adventures), and is currently working with Late Night Ritalin in New York City. Topping has also written and directed sketch comedy for Scrap Metal Theatre and ‘Short & Funny: The Final Chapter’. She currently performs with the sketch comedy troupe The Resistance. Over the years she has performed with such improv groups as The Bastards, Cute Kids with Guns, Channel Surfing, Liquid Paper, Amnesia Wars, and many, many others. Topping’s credits also include performances in a plethora of amazingly forgettable stage plays like ‘Satan Are You Out There?’ and independ ent films like ‘UFO Fever’. She received her BA in Drama from SFSU.

Dan Izzo


Originally from Chicago, Dan recently moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to open his very own comedy lounge, Improv Inferno. Prior to becoming the Artistic Director and founder of Improv Inferno, Dan had been improvising for over ten years. He has taught improv at Columbia College, The Second City Chicago (and Detroit) and at the Annoyance Theater. Dan has taught at the Chicago Improv Festival, at the Dirty South Improv Festival in North Carolina, and at festivals in New York and Kansas City. His directing experience includes directing “Terrorslide!” an improvised horror movie spoof, which the Chicago Reader described “as intelligent as the horror-flick and improv-comedy genres allow.” He also directed “Cubicle Rats”, which the Chicago Reader praised for its “uniformly excellent technique and sly, perceptive conceits.”

Jon Karpinos


Jon Karpinos grew up in Chapel Hill, NC, where he performed with ComedySportz and the Chapel Hill Players (CHiPs) at UNC-CH. While in college he also appeared in Improv Everywhere missions and as the lesser half of Choke Up, a two-man show with Bill Cochran. In 2004 he taught at the DSI Training Center, joined house team Mister Diplomat, and coached Spherical Suicide, the theater’s first-ever incubator team. Jon now lives in Chicago, where plays with DSI’s The Beatbox and Show Pony, both of which appeared at this year’s Chicago Improv Festival, Del Close Marathon, and Dirty South Improv Festival. Also a playwright, Jon has had work featured in the New York In’tl Fringe Festival; the Midtown Int’l Theatre Festival (NYC); the Bailiwick Director’s Festival (Chicago); and World Interplay, the Int’l Festival of Young Playwrights (Queensland, Australia). He remains grateful for the chance to do this.

Jim Karwisch


Jim Karwisch, founder of the JaCKPie Theatre Workshop made his move from professional acting and directing into long-form improvisation in Chicago, IL at the Improv Olympic (now called “I.O.”) After his move to Atlanta he began working with troupes such as the Red Chair Theatre’s Comedy Response Unit, The Position, Babies Mit Bearden, Zero Suppression, Wierd Spelled Wrong as well as starting an Atlanta training school for long-form improvisation. For five years he performed in a two man troupe called JaCKPie with Chris Pierce. Together they created JaCKPie Productions and University and produced shows at theatres all over Atlanta. You can now catch him performing with Babies Mit Bearden and teaching at the JaCKPie Theatre Workshop.

Robert Lowe

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Robert Lowe is the author of Improvisation, Inc.: Harnessing Spontaneity to Engage People and Groups, (Jossey-Bass Pfeiffer, 2000). This book is the pioneering work in the use of Improvisational Theatre techniques for organizational development and business and professional communication. Robert is known as the Grandfather (sometimes the Godfather) of Improvisational Comedy in Atlanta having founded “The Lightside City Players” in 1983, “Comedy Atlanta” in 1985, and “The Next City Comedy Theatre” in 1988. In 1989 Robert had a significant influence in the founding of Georgia Tech’s “Let’s Try This” Improv Comedy movement. For nearly 20 years he has brought Improv technique, fun, and exploration to business and organizations of every size and form. His work is known in more than 20 countries, and it has been noted that either Robert, or his students, and now students of his students, have had an influence on almost every venue of Improv comedy in the Atlanta region. Mr. Lowe’s public Improv Comedy Workshops have provided the inspiration and the formula for programs that have placed hundreds of non-performers on live Improv stages throughout the region.

Amber Nash

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Amber Nash is a member of the improv ensemble and also acts as the Education Director at Dad’s Garage Theater. Amber also performs regularly with Laughing Matters. Amber’s improv training started at Whole World Theatre and she is spending the summer studying improv in Chicago with Improv Olympic and Second City.

Je77 Rick


Jochen “Je77” Rick has been a member of Let’s Try This! since 1993. During his tenure, he has been a prolific innovator, leading the troupe in new directions. He directed two plays, Eggshell #1 and Fowl Play, created using improv techniques. Recently, he developed scenic archetypes, a plot-driven long-form improv technique. He also was one of the driving forces behind 3 Walls, No Blinds, a non-illusory participative theatre, inspired by Chicago’s Neo-Futurists. For his improv work, Je77 draws heavily on theatre theory, particularly Grotowski’s and Brecht’s. As a mentor, Robert Lowe has remained a continuous source of inspiration, teaching him to challenge himself and further the art of improvisation.

Wes Schrader


Wes Schrader. When people ask Wes how long he’s been doing improv, Wes says the same thing everytime: “Uhm… about a day.” Then he goes for half an hour on why he answered that way. (Go ahead and ask him yourself, if you’ve got some time to kill.) When not standing on the improv soapbox, he’s been spotted on a cable improv show; at a jam session in Atlanta’s new Relapse Theatre; directing and performing at Relapse; writing and directing an authentic commedia dell’arte play; starting a new Atlanta improv troupe, TBD; and even writing research papers on improv training and its effects (the toughest part is teaching the lab gerbils how to play 185). All of this sort of gives the lie to that whole “about a day” thing, but it’s a metaphor, folks, and he’s sticking with it.

Jono Wells


Jonathan has been the director of improvisation for The Basement Theatre for almost a year now. A resident of Atlanta, GA since the young age of three, Jonathan was always encouraged to perform in one way or another by his mother Janet Wells, herself a professional actress and improvisation instructor, and his father Tom Wells, a musician and songwriter. After dabbling in improvisation and scripted theatre for many years and into his college years, Jonathan joined Let’s Try This (see this page). After playing in countless shows and directing many of them, Jonathan assumed the role of Leader of LTT! for the duration of one year before moving to The Basement in 2004. Jonathan’s focuses are on innovative scenework and on playing the reality of a scene to the highest and best knowledge of the players. He is studying to obtain his Masters of Education and teaches improv classes and workshops regularly.

Bob Wood


Bob Wood. After seven years of paying his dues at Whole World Theatre, Bob left in November 2004 to found Relapse Comedy Theatre in Midtown Atlanta. He credits teacher and best friend, David Webster, creator of Whole World, as the inspiration for his style of improv – organic, free-flowing, and centered on what is truly real and in the heart.