FEST: Albany Improv Festival @ the Upper Room on Saturday

April 17th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

The second annual Albany Improv Festival will feature 30 performances by improv comedy troupes from all across the United States, including such fave home-grown ensembles as the Mop and Bucket Company and Sorry Not Sorry.

Performances will be held at the Upper Room in downtown Albany from 12noon-10pm on Saturday (April 22). In addition, a pair of two-hour workshops will take place starting at 12noon on Sunday (April 23).

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Tickets for the fest can be purchased for one hour ($10), two hours ($15) or the whole day-long festival ($20). Tickets for Sunday’s workshops are $25 each or $40 for both. Proceeds from the fest will benefit the Albany Damien Center.

Here’s the schedule of performances for the 2017 Albany Improv Festival:

SATURDAY (APRIL 22)
12noon: Technically Art (Albany, NY)
12:20pm: Skittlefit (Syracuse, NY)
12:40pm: St. Rose Crate of Apes (Albany, NY)
1pm: Controlled Chaos (Glenville, NY)
1:15pm: Sneaky (New York City, NY)
1:35pm: Winnipeg (Hartford, CT)
2om: UAlbany Sketchy Characters (Albany, NY)
2:15pm: A Vial for Ramen (Albany, NY)
2:25pm: Superfresh! (Kingston, NY)
2:40pm: Improv Jam #1 – Open to all improvisers!
3pm: Clown Boy (New York City, NY)
3:20pm: Pork Pie Hat (Syracuse, NY)
3:40pm: Sheer Idiocy (Troy, NY)
4pm: Am I Right? (Schenectady, NY)
4:15pm: Panic! at Del Frisco’s (Brooklyn, NY)
4:35pm: Lazy Fair (New York City, NY)
5pm: The Mop & Bucket Company (Schenectady, NY)
5:20pm: Club Monika (New York City, NY)
5:40pm: Pilates for Infidels (Rhinebeck, NY)
6pm: Albany Improv Students (Capital District, NY)
6:15pm: The Unmentionables (Burlington, VT)
6:35pm: Serious Theatre With Real Actors (Wakefield, RI)
7pm: Dollars to Donuts (Albany, NY)
7:20pm: Eye of Horus (St. Louis, MO)
7:35pm: Improv Jam #2 – Open to all improvisers
8:05pm: Alan & Midge (Los Angeles, CA)
8:30pm: WilburWilburNealbur (Wakefield, RI)
9pm: King Crab (New York City, NY)
9:15pm: Sorry Not Sorry (Albany, NY)
9:35pm: Bait & Switch (Wakefield, RI)

SUNDAY (APRIL 23)
Workshops
11:30am: “Improvising Memorable Characters” with Christopher J. Simpson
2pm: “Musical Improv” with Mark S. Meritt

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS:
ALBANY WORD FEST @ various locations, Albany & Troy, April 17-22
MOVE MUSIC FESTIVAL @ various locations, Cohoes, Troy & Albany, April 27-29
ALBANY TULIP FESTIVAL @ Washington Park, Albany, May 13 & 14, FREE
FREEDOM FEST 2017 @ Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, May 20
FLY 92.3’s SUMMER JAM 2017 @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 3
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 9-11
BIKES, BREWS & BBQ @ Wood Park, Lake George, June 10
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 16-18
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, June 17 & 18
SOLID SOUND @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 23-25
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, June 24 & 25
COUNTRYFEST 2017 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 8
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 13-16
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 15-17
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 16 & 17, FREE