Come see longform comedy improvisation for the first time in Bend, Oregon! Bend Institute of Comedy presents IMPROV SHOWCASE 500 - a completely improvised show featuring founder John Breen (Portlandia, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Leverage, Wendy and Lucy, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre), and Alpha Team, a group comprised of John’s advanced students at the Bend Institute of Comedy, plus some of John’s favorite improvisers coming down from Portland for a guest appearance in BIC’s inaugural show!
Longform improvisation was created at iO Theater in Chicago in the late nineties by the legendary Del Close. Over the last few decades, most of the country’s biggest names in comedy TV & film got their start doing longform improv at iO Theater, The Second City, The Groundlings in Los Angeles, and the UCB Theatre in NY, where John performed and coached. In longform improv the group only takes one suggestion, then skillfully creates a half-hour fully improvised comedy set, including characters and worlds dreamt up on the spot, all ending with a hilarious climax.