16th annual Providence Improv Fest runs Sept. 12-14

16th annual Providence Improv Fest runs Sept. 12-14

PROVIDENCE – From Sept. 12 to 14, North America’s top improv comedians will descend upon downtown Providence’s AS220 for three nights of laughs and performances made up completely on the spot for the 16th annual Providence Improv Fest.

Shows will run simultaneously on AS220’s Main Stage and the AS220 Black Box Theater. Individual tickets for each show are $10 or audiences can see an unlimited number of shows with a festival pass for $35.

This year’s PIF features a wide array of performers and improvisational styles, with groups from Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York City, Los Angeles, Vermont, Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Florida, and more.

Featured groups include: Nnamdel of Los Angeles comprising two veteran improvisers out of the famed Second City theater; The Code Switch of New York City; Les Productions de L’Instable from Montreal, a bilingual, music-based improv show; and Rameaka and Waltien of NYC, a duo of improvisers and actors who have been seen on stage and screen.

Local groups get a big spotlight too. PIF is produced in partnership with Wage House Theater in Pawtucket and the Providence Improv Guild, who will feature ensembles such as Sow What, an all-female troupe, and Kate and Casey, a long-standing duo out of Pawtucket. Groups from Wakefield’s Contemporary Theater Company, and local teen group Trinity Zoo will also make appearances. Improv Jones of Providence will be making their 16th appearance at the fest, a mainstay in the community they have been performing in for over 25 years.

In addition, the event will feature a family-friendly pay-what-you-can show, with all proceeds going directly to support The Manton Avenue Project, on Saturday at 5 p.m. featuring Warwick’s Bring Your Own Improv.

Tickets and festival passes can be purchased at Providenceimprovfest.com, where more information can be found on showtimes, featured acts, and workshops.