Improv comedy on the virtual stage
Some of the home bases for improv comedy have started bringing their best shows to us in the form of livestreams and virtual performances.
By Patrick Babbitt
Improv comedy involves performers getting up close and personal with one another. We weren’t sure how it would work in a virtual landscape. We also weren’t sure where to find it. Luckily some of the home bases for improv comedy have started bringing their best shows to us in the form of live streams. Here are the best places to see improv online.
The Second City
Comedy institution The Second City based in Chicago with a branch in Los Angeles is also bringing it’s shows to the virtual stage. They’ve dubbed their streaming station The Improv House party and it can be found on a Zoom near you. Current and Alumni performers will be playing online on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.
The Pack Theater
Los Angeles’s home for lost comedy souls has taken their stage to Twitch. You can stream all of the alt-comedy your heart desires every night of the week. The Pack has always been a home for improvisers to get weird and try out new things. This has allowed the shift to a new format to go swimmingly for The Pack Theater.
Westside Comedy Theater
Westside Comedy Theater, the home of comedy in Santa Monica, is still going full force on Twitch. You can check out some of LA’s best improv comedy with groups like Heyday, Dummy, and Orange Tuxedo. There’s also the opportunity to get extra weird and super crazy with Bear Supply.
While the regular performances will not be shifting to the online format, the famed Groundlings Theater will be doing something special during the quarantine. They are going to be streaming their 45th anniversary that was performed in front of packed crowds earlier this year. Head over to Vimeo to stream the event!
The newest and hottest theater before the quarantine has started is attempting to keep a hold of its amazing reputation during this crisis. They’ll be live streaming their monthly Go! Day show every Sunday. This month will feature Lauren Lapkus, star of The Wrong Missy.