The Phoenix Improv Festival – The Comedy & Theatre Event of the Year!

Tonight is the first night of the 10th annual Phoenix Improv Festival!

In addition to being the performers, teachers, and administrators of The Torch Theatre, many of us are the organizers and volunteers behind PIF. We essentially plan for nearly a full year before each festival which includes taking and evaluating video submissions from all over the country, fundraising, working with the Herberger Theater (the home of PIF since 2008), welcoming out of town guests, organizing event and Den Mother (our guides for out-of-town troupes) volunteers, and, ultimately, helping put on a great series of shows throughout the weekend.

It’s a great time for the community and it happens all too fast. The Phoenix Improv Festival is a way to celebrate the improv scene and its growth over the years. We get to share the stage with valley compatriots like The Jester’Z, NCT Phoenix, and Chaos Comedy. We also get to expose Phoenix audiences to some of the best improv performers from across the United States. (And, we enjoy seeing them just as much as anybody!)

Another thing that makes PIF great is that we’re lucky to garner a lot of media attention for such a huge event and, hopefully, it all raises awareness of the type of work that is going on here in town:

Downtown Phoenix Journal (PIF’s official media partner for 2011, who will also have continuing coverage throughout the weekend especially via their Twitter account!)

Phoenix New Times (plus this great Jackalope Ranch interview with Mack Duncan!)

The Arizona Republic /

944 Magazine

Raising Arizona Kids Magazine

The College Times

an interview on KTAR 92.3

ASU’s State Press

(Plus, you can find what people — performers, volunteers, friends, and audience members — are saying on Twitter about PIF by searching for the #PIF10 hashtag.)

The opening of our theater space at 4721 North Central Avenue is still coming along (we’re so close!), but it’s great to have this weekend energize us by having us all together with our fellow improvisors to perform in front of appreciative audiences who understand that what we create is fun, special, and the best that improv has to offer in the realm of comedy and theatre. We try to keep that spirit with us every time we hit the stage and we can’t wait to bring that spirit to 4721.

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