The Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, which has included performers from TV shows like Saturday Night Live, Silicon Valley, Veep and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and films like The Hangover, Bridesmaids and The Heat, will headline the third SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival Feb. 26-27 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. The festival, which was rescheduled from Jan. 22-23 due to Winter Storm Jonas, will also feature renowned funnyman Christian Capozzoli, as well as 40 other improv comedy groups from around the country doing short- and long-form improv comedy. Hours are 7 p.m.-12 a.m. Friday and 2:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday.
UCB TourCo brings the best improv comedians from the legendary Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres in New York and Los Angeles to new audiences around the country. The UCB Theatre – founded by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh – is home to some of the biggest stars in comedy today. On Jan. 27, 9:30 p.m., four UCB TourCo improvisers at the top of their game will perform a high-energy, surprising and hilarious show that has never been seen before and will never be seen again when they appear in the ArtsQuest Center’s Fowler Blast Furnace Room.
Christian Capozzoli, performing with Reckless Theatre in the Fowler Blast Furnace Room Feb. 26, 9 p.m., has been recognized as one of the top improvisers in North America. In addition to being the Founder and Artistic Director of New York City’s RECKLESS THEATRE, he has performed at improv festivals in Toronto, Berlin, Paris, Milan, Munich, Chicago and Philadelphia, and he has been featured on The Colbert Report and VH-1’s Motel Hell.
SteelStacks Improv Comedy Festival Friday tickets are $16 in advance and $19 day of show; tickets for ArtsQuest Members are only $14. Saturday tickets are $25 in advance, $29 day of show and $22 for ArtsQuest Members. Tickets are on sale now at www.steelstacks.org/comedy and 610-332-3378.
In addition to performances by UCB TourCo and Capozzoli, the festival will showcase improv groups from New York City, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Rhode Island and Baltimore, as well as several local acts including teams from Muhlenberg College, Lehigh University, DeSales University and Central York High School.
The complete schedule of performances is:
FRIDAY, FEB 26
Fowler Blast Furnace Room
7:15(pm) The Ceremonial First “Yes and” Ceremony
7:20 The Best of OKCupid (Lehigh Valley, PA)
7:40 Jed & Dan (Lehigh Valley, PA)
8:00 The Governess (New York, NY)
8:30 Associated Mess (Lehigh Valley, PA)
9:00 Reckless Theatre w/Christian Capozzoli (New York, NY)
10:00 Choking Hazard (Lehigh Valley, PA)
10:15 Fart Police (New York, NY)
10:35 Flighty Ducks (Lehigh Valley, PA)
11:00 Classic Brady (New York, NY)
11:15 First Crush (New York, NY)
11:30 4AM in Thailand (Lehigh Valley, PA)
11:45 My Privacy (New York, NY)
12:00(am) Special Performer-Only Screening of The Delmonic Interviews!
SATURDAY, FEB 27
Fowler Blast Furnace Room
2:30(pm) Lehigh University’s Hobo Army (Lehigh University/Lehigh Valley, PA)
2:45 Loose Vegas (Central York High School (York, PA)
3:00 Den Mother (Philadelphia, PA)
3:20 Richie (Washington DC)
3:40 Masher (Philadelphia, PA)
4:00 A Few Good Dudes (New York, NY)
4:20 Pluto (New York, NY)
4:40 Sorry Not Sorry (Albany, NY)
5:00 Cranks and Pulleys (Lehigh Valley, PA)
5:15 DeSales University Improv (DeSales University/Lehigh Valley, PA)
5:30 Suburban Adventure (New York, NY)
6:00 MASHUP #1!*
6:15 Apollo (New York, NY)
6:45 Outside Voices (Philadelphia, PA)
7:00 Beef Child (New York, NY)
7:15 King Bee (Washington DC)
7:45 Shrunken Kids (Lehigh Valley, PA)
8:00 Stevedore (New York, NY)
8:20 Team Lopez (New York, NY)
8:40 Bait & Switch (Wakefield, RI)
9:00 ManDudeBro (Lehigh Valley, PA)
9:30 UCB TourCo (New York, NY)
10:35 One of Us is Drunk (Baltimore, MD)
11:00 Snail (Lehigh Valley, PA)
11:15 MASHUP #2!*
11:30 Tornados N Toronto (New York, NY)
11:50 Midy Zevlin (Boston, MA/New York, NY)
12:10(am) Underground Improv Project (Muhlenberg College/Lehigh Valley, PA)
12:25 Trophy Wives (New York, NY)
12:45 Aliens That Are Ancient (Lehigh Valley, PA)
1:00 Closing Open Improv Jam!
*Mashups will be special 15-minute performances comprised of 6-8 performers picked out of a hat!