Kansas City Improv Festival 2018
August 16-19 & 23-26
Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe’s television series and stage shows, he portrays several popular recurring characters, such as the King of Empty Promises, Sir Simon Milligan, and Jerry Sizzler. McDonald went on to appear in a variety of films including Boy Meets Girl, Lilo & Stitch, “Lilo & Stitch: The Series”, and Epic Movie. On television, he has appeared on “The Martin Short Show,” “Ellen,” “That ’70s Show,” “Seinfeld,” “Friends,” “NewsRadio,” “MADtv,” “Arrested Development,” and “Corner Gas.”
Matt Damon Improv
Based out of Chicago, Matt Damon Improv are a powerhouse team comprised of Women of Color slaying improv w/ a special guest that is a white male/female improv comedy veteran (the show’s Matt Damon/Lena Dunham), who can only speak by repeating things that have already been said by the cast during the show, forcing them to really listen. They were the winners of the People’s Choice Award for BEST IMPROV GROUP at the 2017 Chicago Women’s Funny Festival. Chicago’s RedEye called their show, which has toured to venues and festivals across the United States a “MUST SEE!”
“Seriously witty. Playfully fun. It’s one of the best kept secrets in LA and a thoroughly enjoyable evening of comedy…The conventions of Shakespeare and the fearlessness of modern improv make outrageous bedfellows for the versatile gals who conquer on all comic fronts. The laughs are contagious, the joy always present, so go and let yourself be carried away by their charms.” – Broadway World
more workshops coming soon!
August 18th – 10am – 5:30pm (with an hour for lunch)
Join Kevin McDonald of the Kids in the Hall for a one day workshop to learn how to write sketches through improvisation – just like the Kids in the Hall used to do. But not only that! You will do a show that night with Kevin, in front of a real live audience, performing the sketches you wrote that day. Exciting? Kevin thinks so. Of course Kevin is very boring and thinks chairs are exciting.
Kevin will talk about the secrets of writing comedy sketches (hopefully their secrets and not lies) and teach you the Kids in the Hall process of coming up with an idea and turning it into a sketch through improvisational rehearsal. You will be performing and writing with Kevin supervising, all day. And that night, you put on a show.
During the workshop, he promises bathroom and lunch breaks and if you ask him, there’s a good chance Kevin will tell stories about the Kids in the Hall. You might actually have to ask him to shut up telling stories about the Kids in the Hall. He’s beside us now, telling stories about the Kids in the Hall. Shut up Kevin.