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Improv Revolution presents
The Coup de Comedy Festival Performances

FREE reservations recommended as space is limited. (First Come First Served!)
If the event is not filled to capacity, we will allow “walk ups” to attend the performances.
A reservation guarantees your space.

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Improv Revolution & Live Nude People* (*with clothes on): ONE NIGHT ONLY – SOLD OUT! 
When: Festival Day 1: Thursday, May 9, 8 pm
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:
UC Irvine’s 2 Improv Teams (Live Nude People* [*with clothes on] & Improv Revolution) battle it out – or work together – all for your amusement to launch this EPIC COUP DE COMEDY FESTIVAL!  This is the first time these two groups have shared the stage together and it may be the last time – do not miss this incredible event.

SOLD OUT! 

LIMITED WALK-UP ADMISSIONS:  A small number of seats will be available for those who were unable to reserve advance tickets online. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. In addition, any unclaimed seats at 10 minutes prior to the event will be reassigned. All available seats will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. *

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When: Festival Day 1: Thursday, May 9, 9:30 pm
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:
Sparks to Fire will burn down the house with laughter! This show combines the worlds of written stand up and improv comedy. A stand up comedian will perform a set that will spark the improv group to create a fiery blaze of funny! Hosted by Brian J Hunt.  BAM! Brian is originally from Denver, Colorado and found his way to LA by Chicago. When Brian isn’t improvising, he is performing Stand Up all across the country. BOOM!  He is a grad of Second City, IO Chicago, Upright Citizens Brigade, and the Groundlings’ writing lab. Brian has appeared in numerous commercials, films, and short videos. ROUNDHOUSE KICK!

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Improv GOLD! RAW Sketch Showcase 
When: Festival Day 2: Friday, May 10, 6:30 pm
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:
Up and coming comedic talents from UC Irvine showcase their sketch writing abilities in this RAW sketch presentation.  This is the RAW beginnings of “Improv GOLD!” which will be a fully produced comedy show this June 7 & 8, 2013!

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Clown'Ma ClownMa dell’Arte – SOLD OUT! 
When: Festival Day 2: Friday, May 10, 7:30 pm
Where: UC Irvine, Nixon Theatre
Show Info:
ClownMa dell’Arte is an absurdist performance collective devoted todiscovering original, bizarre and enticing performance works enveloped by 3 terms — DogMa, StigMa, and KarMa. Our purpose is to reinvigorate the theatre, and provoke the community by inspiring play and destructuring the recognized. Yay!

SOLD OUT! 

LIMITED WALK-UP ADMISSIONS:  A small number of seats will be available for those who were unable to reserve advance tickets online. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. In addition, any unclaimed seats at 10 minutes prior to the event will be reassigned. All available seats will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. *

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Stand-Up On The Spot: The Improvised Stand-Up Show with Jeremiah Watkins
When: Festival Day 2: Friday, May 10, 8:15 pm
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:
Stand-Up On The Spot: The Improvised Stand-Up Show with Jeremiah Watkins has been entertaining audiences around LA since 2010. Comedians go up with no prepared material, ask the audience for suggestions, and create Stand-Up on the Spot, based off the suggestions. This is the only stand-up show where YOU the audience get to suggest what the comedians talks about. Get ready for improv and stand-up to unite!

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Improv Set featuring The Spectacles Improv Engine & Conrad

When: Festival Day 2: Friday, May 10, 9:30 pm
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:
The Spectacles Improv Engine – Spectacles is dedicated to providing a home for improv in Orange County by building a community through training, performances, and special events. We are always striving to bring new teams, new shows, and new types of content for our fans.  One of their amazing teams will make comedy live on stage.
Conrad is a group from Los Angeles that does smart, fast, character-driven improv, complete with musical soundscapes and MAGIC!* Our members have performed and/or trained at the Upright Citizens Brigade, iO West, and The Groundlings.  The cast includes: Lindsey Barrow, Theo Greenly, Mario Hernandez, Ryan Hitchcock, Caitlin Kimball, Andy Kula, Majeed Nami, & Tess Paras

*Not, like, literal magic.

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Comedy Showcase
When: Festival Day 3: Saturday, May 11, 1-6 pm
Where: UC Irvine, Nixon Theatre
Show Info:
Some of the best local, college, high school, and community improv teams present their unique comedic voices.  Come see some of awesome talents available in and around the OC!  Complete listings to be announced shortly.

1:00-2:00 pm – Tesoro High Comedy Sportz & Team of Wheat!
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2:15-3:15 pm – The Spectacles Improv Engine
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3:30-4:30 pm – Instant Improv & Improv College All Stars
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4:45-5:45 pm – Iota Eta Pi & Pan Theatre Improv
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6:00-6:30 pm – Workshop Revolution
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Improv Revolution: Year 1 Reunion Show
When: Festival Day 3: Saturday, May 11, 7 pm
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:
We’re getting the band back together for a ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT.  See where this organization started, the raw roots performing an original show just for you.  Featuring Austin Bennett, Caron Clancey, Dominic Gessel, Gigi Greene, Maxim Golubchik, Landyn Endo, Darren Peters, Jac Wandzura, Andra Whipple, and Joel Veenstra (Still to confirm: Nikki Oleson).

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Sketch Show Double Feature: Group Hug & Brute Squad Sketch
When: Festival Day 3: Saturday, May 11, 8:15 pm
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:
Group Hug – Fresh off of their appearance at iO West’s First Annual Scripted Comedy Festival, this Oakland based sketch group, which performs a BRAND NEW show every month, is bringing their comedy straight into your arms. Featuring Hawley Allen, Caron Clancey, Mary Combes, and Alan Coyne.
Brute Squad Sketch – Fast-paced sketch comedy that can move your refrigerator. And protect your village. Los Angeles-based group, Brute Squad, won the 2012 Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival’s Sketch Competition with their fast-paced, high-energy sketch comedy. As well as their original videos being featured on sites like FunnyorDie and The Huffington Post, they can also be seen presenting a brand new show each month to sold out houses as a Mainstage Headliner Sketch Team at iO West and regulars at UCB Theatre.
Written & Performed by:
Jessica Felix, Brian Fernandes, Keith Saltojanes, Peggy Sinnott
Co-Directed by
Heather Anne Campbell (SNL, The Midnight Show) &
Eric Moneypenny (Eric Andre Show, The Midnight Show)

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Delicious Moments (2 Person Improvised Long Form)
When: Festival Day 3: Saturday, May 11, 9:30 pm
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:
Ithamar Enriquez and Brian Shortall perform improv comedy that is aware of itself, and them and the audience and everything else. Watch Delicious Moments break down the FIFTH wall. Things get delicious and moments…(Theatre, Film and TV credits include: The Second City, IO, UCB, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live,The Office, How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Key and Peele, Raising Hope, Punk’d, SuperNews!,Miss Congeniality II and The Promotion).

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Improv Jam

When: Festival Day 4: Sunday, May 12, 11 am – Noon
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:Have you always wanted to try Improv? Want to try it with new people? Or are you just excited to see novices and old pros test out their chops? Grab a FREE ticket to this improv jam. These tickets work for both audience members and potential participants. If you wish to participate please arrive 15 minutes early.

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Ggrog & Mmog

When: Festival Day 4: Sunday, May 12, 3-4 pm
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:
Meet Ggrog and Mmog, a pair of best friends who also just happen to be time-traveling cavemen. In the grand tradition of Saturday morning adventure shows, Ggrog and Mmog travel through time, avoiding the Evil Professor Barryte, learning lessons about friendship and, naturally, altering the course of human history itself. Completely improvised, truly timeless and historically hilarious, Ggrog and Mmog must be seen to be believed.

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Stand Up-Open Mic

When: Festival Day 4: Sunday, May 12, 4-5 pm
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:
Have you always wanted to try Stand Up? Or are you just excited to see novices and old pros test out their material? Grab a FREE ticket to this stand up open mic. These tickets are intended for audience members. If you want to participate, grab a ticket and arrive at least 15 minutes early to sign up!

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Stand-up Set headlined by Chelsea Lately’s Ben Gleib 
When: Festival Day 4: Sunday, May 12, 6-8 pm
Where: UC Irvine, The Little Theatre
Show Info:
Various Stand-Ups present their awesome comedy set, featuring comedy from:
– Benjamin Ridge
– Cary Odes
– Caron Clancey
– Darren Peters
– Justin Huft
– Bobbie Oliver
– concluding with a headline set by Ben Gleib!
Ben Gleib is a standup comedian, actor, and TV host, perhaps best known as a round table regular on the hit show “CHELSEA LATELY” on E! appearing on the show over 85 times. He is the voice of Marshall the Sloth in 20th Century Fox’s “ICE AGE – CONTINENTAL DRIFT,” which is now the #1 animated movie of all-time internationally.  He just worked for The Oscars, hosting The Academy’s first ever “Oscar Roadtrip,” which was featured on ABC’s “OSCARS PRE-SHOW.”  Ben was also was a guest star this season on the popular E! scripted series “AFTER LATELY” an is one of the stars of Kevin Smith’s new movie “Jay and Silent Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie.” Gleib headlines comedy clubs and colleges around the globe, and ESQUIRE named him one of “Six comedians who could be comedy’s next big thing.” His podcast, “LAST WEEK ON EARTH WITH BEN GLEIB,” on the Smodcast Network, debuted on iTunes as the #9 Comedy Podcast in the world, and was #1 in comedy on Stitcher for over 20 straight weeks.  He is a regular guest correspondent on CNN, sharing his comedic take on politics. Gleib was one of the stars of the SyFy series “INSANE OR INSPIRED?” hosted “DOG PARK SUPERSTARS” and “GSN LIVE” for GSN, hosted the webseries “BEHIND ENEMY LINES” for Yahoo!, “IS IT MANLY?” for Egotastic, and the official “LIVE RED CARPET” for “The Grammys.” He will be voicing two characters in the popular Disney animated series “PHINEAS AND FERB,” and was the star of the NBC primetime series “THE REAL WEDDING CRASHERS.” You have also seen him on “GOOD MORNING AMERICA,” “SPORTSCENTER,” “VH1’S BIG MORNING BUZZ LIVE,” “EXTRA,” “ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE,” and “THE GREENROOM with PAUL PROVENZA” on SHOWTIME. Gleib has performed his standup on “THE LATE LATE SHOW” on CBS, on NBC on ” LAST CALL with CARSON DALY,” and on NBC’s “LAST COMIC STANDING.” He also is on the NPR show “PATT MORRISON’S COMEDY CONGRESS,” for which he has recieved a prestigious GOLDEN MIC Award. Recently he was also on a 31-city Arena tour opening for Dane Cook, performing to sold-out Arenas all over North America.

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More performances and performers to be announced. (All subject to change.)

Hope to see you at one or more of our exciting performances!