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Improvised Comedy for Tweens and Teenagers 


Improvilicious transforms audience suggestions into awesome comedy for tweens and teenagers. Every performance features a six-part epic adventure, classic improvised theatre games, pop culture references and impro-larious audience participation.


Improvilicious has been a family favourite and Melbourne International Comedy Festival since 2014, with improvised guides to Superheroes, BFFs, the Internet, High School and the History of Theatre. In between comedy festivals, Improvilicious performs at Victorian high schools.


“Inspired and hilarious” – The Herald Sun


Faster than a speeding bullet? More like, funnier than grumpy cat! 
Ben and Cassie use their superpowers of improvisation to transform audience suggestions into awesome comedy for tweens and teenagers. 
Improvilicious is improvised comedy for everyone aged 8+. Ben and Cassie use audience suggestions and on-the-spot improvisation to create new superheroes with unheard of powers, unexpected weaknesses, bizarre origin stories, loveable sidekicks, nefarious villains and super-heroic quests. 
Each show features a new epic adventure, along with guest heroes, sidekicks and villains from the audience. And because it’s improvised, every show is a super unique experience with guaranteed laughs.
It’s unofficially Marvel-lous, DC-vingly clever, and impro-larious school holiday fun. 
Brought to you by the non-secret organisation behind the improvised guides to High School (2015), The Internet (2016) and BFFs (2017), Improvilicious stars wonder-man Ben Russell (ABC TV’s Aaron Chen Tonight) and super-20-something Cassie Daly (Shania Choir). 
Improvilicious is a 50 minute comedy show created for tweens and teenagers at school (Years 5 - 10), and 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. Each Improvilicious combines improvised mayhem with sophisticated scripted bits.  
“It was all a blast... worth a trip to the city” Weekend Notes (2017)
"the chemistry between Ben Russell and Cassie Daly makes this show suitable for the whole family"
4 Stars, The Funny Tonne (2017)
“Loud, nonsensical, break-neck energetic and very funny” meetoo (2017)
“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





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.


Jimmy James Eaton

Cassie Daly and Ben Russell writers - The Improvised Guide to BFFs 

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

Brianna Williams - 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

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


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.


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.


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.




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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