August 17-20 and August 24-27


4010 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO 64111


Over 40 improv groups

ABOUT KCiF 2017 / made up. made here.

It’s that time of year: trees are beginning to leaf, flowers are blooming, and we are gearing up for the 17th year of the Kansas City Improv Festival!  While we get our ducks in a row, here’s some knowledge for you.  Did you know:

  • KCIF is one of the longest running improv festivals in the United States
  • We’ve had Jason Sudekis, Mick Napier, Susan Messing, Jill Bernard, and Joe Bill as headliners
  • Last year we brought Dasariski and one of Chicago’s best improv troupes, Cook County Social Club to headline the show
  • This year it’s going to be even BIGGER and BETTER!

Headliners Top performers from all over the country

Veteran Chicago improvisers Tara DeFrancisco and Rance Rizzutto have been performing together for well over a thousand shows and

3Peat is a critically acclaimed and award winning improv/sketch comedy group. The members met while performing and

Laurelly is an improv powerhouse duo consisting of Lauren Pritchard and Kelly Vrooman.  Individually, they have been seen

Sheldon’s two-man improvisation show is a theatrically grounded long-form performance blended with new-school Chicago speed.  They have taught improv

Lineup and Schedule / make plans

KCiF Night One @ 7 PM

KCiF Night Two @ 7 PM

KCiF Night Five @ 10 PM

KCiF Final Night @ 10 PM

Workshops / learn from our headliners and more

Listen Like a Thief

  The ultimate way to make  each other look good! Every little thing said on stage is important. The audience heard it!  If you have a hard time

SOLD OUT – Playing Fast and Fun

  This class speeds up your play and focuses on fast-paced improv, in the style of critically-acclaimed Chicago ensemble 3Peat.  This class has an emphasis on truly trusting

Your Role in a Piece

This workshop is all about working as a team, and finding how you can best serve the piece that your ensemble is creating.  The class will focus

Find Your Character

Taught by a writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and ensemble member of 3Peat, this workshop focuses on creating inspired characters and sustaining them throughout

SOLD OUT – Duo Discoveries

  Unleash your ability to listen, discover characters, and construct worlds with just you, yourself and another person!  This duo bootcamp works to strip away hesitancy and build

The Very Beginning of Your Scene

  The New Movement, a comedy theater in Austin and New Orleans, specializes in creating and following a map in every scene we do. During this workshop, we'll

Improv to Sketch in 3 Easy Step

  Learn how to quickly take your improv scenes and transform them into sketch. This efficient workshop will keep you active the entire time and build the bridge

Music Improv

  This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to start their path into musical improv, or build on the skills they currently have. Tara will alleviate any fears

Emotional Fluidity

  Looking to get more emotion out of your characters? Audiences connect to emotions much easier than just dialogue. Rance will help you find your character’s emotional core

Sponsors Big thanks to all our partners!

Event Location

Kick Comedy Theater
4010 Pennsylvania Avenue
Kansas City, MO – 64111
Located in Westport, between the Westport Coffeehouse and Green Room Burgers and Beer

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