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IMPROVILICIOUS: IMPROVISED COMEDY FOR TWEENS AND TEENAGERS

Every Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Improvilicious thrills audiences with a brand new show:

#improvilicious: The Improvised Guide To The Internet (2016)
 
The Improvised Guide To High School (2015) 
 
The Improvised History Of Theatre (2014)
 
and in 2017... 
 
IMPROVILICIOUS: THE IMPROVISED GUIDE TO BEING POPULAR!
 
#improvilicious is a 50 minute crash-course in the tricks and traps of using Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and Twitter. We're not here to keep anyone off the internet, we just want to make sure everyone is using it right! From cat videos to selfies; from screenshotting snapchats to friending your mum - we've got it covered!
 
Improvilicious: The Improvised Guide to High School: Wanna overcome a bully? YOU GOT IT. Forgot your homework? NO WORRIES. Need a surefire way to approach your crush? WE’RE HERE FOR YOU. We have the smarts to help you survive the challenges every kid faces in high school in an impro-larious, edu-comical, help-arific and interactive comedy.
 
Romeo & Juliet in the style of Beauty & the Geek? Waiting for Godot by the Kardashians? Improvilicious: The Improvised History of Theatre combines famous plays with the best improv games to make theatre ridiculously awesome.
 

IMPROVILICIOUS: THE SHOW

Improvilicious is a 50 minute comedy show created for tweens and teenagers at school (Years 5 - 10), and tweens and teenagers with their families (ages 9 to 99). Improvilicious features two performers using audience suggestions and participation to create hilarious improvised scenes and a new epic story every show.
 
Improvilicious is more than impro, and more than comedy: each Improvilicious combines 36 minutes of improvised mayhem with 14 minutes of sophisticated scripted bits.  
 
“Great, honest and wholesome performance for the whole family... sure to tickle your fancy.” Weekend Notes (2016)
 
“Genuinely witty and clever… packed with energy, charm and lots of sparkles”
Maggie Journal (2016)
“Inspired and hilarious” Herald Sun (2015)
 
“If you're a die hard comedy fan with a family, this is one of the hottest tickets in town”  Yawp (2014)
 
“Deliciously good fun.” The West Australian
 
“Fantastic entertainment for the kids, an impressive display of quick thinking, and a reminder that being utterly silly is good for you!” The Subiaco Post
 
Social media: #improvilicious
 
Instagram: @improvilicious 
 
Facebook: Improvilicious
 
YouTube: Improvilicious

 

 




PEOPLE: CAST AND CREW

Performers

Ben RussellBen Russell is fresh from national and international tours of his award-winning show Tokyo Hotel, including Edinburgh Fringe, Sydney and Perth Fringe festivals, even a gig in Paris, France. A featured performer with improv comedy sensation The Big HOO-HAA! in Perth and Melbourne, plus five years working with the sketch comedy institution The Second City in Chicago USA, Ben Russell has featured on ABC Freshblood and is currently a cult favourite within Australia’s best comedy rooms. "An instantly likeable comic." -- The Herald Sun' 2015

www.benrussellcomedy.com

Cassie VaglivielloCassandra Daly began performing at the age of 12, when her teacher taught her Space Jump and she learnt she could make people laugh without saying “poo” or “fart”. A constant performer, Cassandra has played many of Shakespeare’s finest ladies - Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Olivia in Twelfth Night and Portia in The Merchant of Venice - and has toured schools all over WA and Victoria with countless theatre in education productions.

Writers

Jimmy James EatonBrianna Williams - script consultant The Improvised Guide To The Internet. Brianna is a musical theatre and improv champion. She’s part of the Big HOO-HAA! Melbourne ensemble, who are a kickass group of improvised comedians performing every Friday night at the Butterfly Club. You might have seen her in the ABC2's Fresh Blood series The Write Stuff, or as part of the sketch troupe Good Show at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. briannawilliamscomedy

Cassie Daly and Ben Russell - writers The Improvised Guide To The Internet.

Jimmy James Eaton - writer The Improvised Guide To High School. Jimmy hit the stage in 1987 where he played a tree in his year one production of Cinderella... his acting was wooden. These days he attempts to emulate that original performance as an award winning television presenter, actor and voice over artist. Currently presenting on ABC 24’s TV series Tonic, Jimmy also appears regularly on Channel 7's Slideshow. jimmyjameseaton.com

Damon Lockwood - co-creator and writer The Improvised History of Theatre. Damon is a writer, actor and director. He won the national Write Now! 2005 competition (NSW) with his one man show Domestic Bliss and his play Horsehead won the inaugural Rome Fringe Festival. Damon is currently Artistic Associate at Black Swan State Theatre Company. damonlockwood.com

Sam Longley - co-creator The Improvised History of Theatre.  Sam trained in improvisational comedy at Second City in Chicago (Bill Murray etc) and has performed everything from a Shakespearian drunkard to an eight year old delinquent (Angela Betzien's Hoods). He is currently performing internationally in The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik. samlongley.com.au

Director

Jeremy RiceJeremy Rice is a theatre and television director, specialising in shows for young audiences. He’s worked for every Australian TV network except Channel 31. He invented the word “improvilicious” while eating a Granny Smith apple in his artistic director’s office at Barking Gecko Theatre Company in Perth, Western Australia. When he’s not improviliciousizing, Jeremy works runs the education and families program at a very important theatre organisation.

Producer

Always Working Artists is the company of director Jeremy Rice and writer Kate Rice. Recent productions include Shoot From The Hip by Justin Cheek for the 2015 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Improvilicious: the Improvised Guide to High School for the 2015 Comedy Festival; 3 Seeds: short plays by Afeif Ismail at the Blue Room Theatre Perth, Royals by Kate Rice for 2014 Melbourne Fringe Festival, Monologue for a Murderer by Kate Rice at La Mama Courthouse Theatre and Improvilicious: the Improvised History of Theatre for the 2014 Comedy Festival.

alwaysworkingartists.com.au

The Big HOO-HAA! is an improvised comedy night that is created on-the-spot from audience suggestions. The Big HOO-HAA! began in Perth 2002, led by the Chicago-trained Sam Longley. Since then, the show has gained a huge local following, launched the careers of comedians including Tim Minchin and Claire Hooper, and established a Melbourne show at The Butterfly Club. In the style of Who’s Line Is It Anyway? and Comedy Sportz, The Big HOO-HAA! sees two teams of fearless comedians do battle, using audience suggestions to improvise comedy sketches.

http://www.thebighoohaa.com.au

 


SCHOOLS

Improvilicious! is perfect for schools: 50 minutes plus Q&A, completely self-contained, teacher’s pack with classroom activity plans and curriculum links, student participation and ENTERTAINING! You class will think you’re the COOLEST EVER teacher if you book one or more of our Improvilicious shows to come to your school.

Improvilicious: The Improvised Guide to the Internet: Years 5 – 8

Improvilicious: The Improvised Guide to High School: Years 5 – 8

Improvilicious: The Improvised History of Theatre: Years 8 – 12

Contact Jeremy on 0401 410 135 or email bookings@alwaysworkingartists.com.au

Western Australia: email: info@thebighoohaa.com.au

 



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