July 24, 2012

Paul F. Tompkins headlines KC Improv Festival

For more information, including interviews
with featured performers, contact Tim Marks
at festival@kcimprov.com or 913-486-6861


When you think of KC, you think jazz, BBQ, beer and—if
you're a comedy fan—one of the longest running, most
respected improv comedy festivals in the country.

This September 7-15 at Crown Center's Off Center Theatre,
Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show, Best Week Ever, There Will Be
Blood) and Colin Hanks (Dexter, Orange County, Band Of
Brothers) help kick off the 12th Kansas City Improv Festival:
two weekends of performances, parties and classes featuring
the funniest acts from Kansas City and far beyond.

At KCiF 2012, everything—every character, scene and song—
is created on the spot based on the suggestions you give to
the performers. Along with Tompkins and Hanks, festival
headliners include top-rated LA podcasters, SuperEgo;
improv festival favorites BASSPROV (Chicago) and Twinprov
(Oklahoma); and Don Tremendous, a trio of alumni from
Chicago's Second City Mainstage.

A record number of troupes applied to perform at this year's
fest. Shows will feature performers from Boston, DC, Austin
and half a dozen of KC's best groups. The out-of-town
experts will share improv secrets at our workshops available
to the public.

And for the first time, we're happy to announce 15 percent of
all proceeds benefit Gilda's Club, which provides a free
support community for adults and children diagnosed with
cancer, along with their families and caring friends. Named
for Gilda Radner—an improviser best known as one of
Saturday Night Live's original "Not Ready for Prime Time
Players"—it's a cause close to all of our hearts.

KCIF is presented by local favorites, the KC Improv Company.
Tickets will on sale in August. Until then, visit
kcimprovfestival.com for breaking news about shows and
classes taught by guest artists.


The KC Improv Company puts on shows and classes at the
Kick Comedy Theater in Westport every week, and has
performed at comedy festivals in New York, Chicago, and
around the country. Their actor-comedians also perform the
Kick Comedy show monthly at the world-famous Improv
Comedy Club in Zona Rosa, and at dozens of private events
every year.

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